From Tuesday 3rd July until Saturday 7th July, the 2018 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod will offer audiences a star-studded concert line-up, featuring performances from best-selling artist, Alfie Boe, prolific recording artist, Van Morrison, renowned baroque instrumental group, Red Priest, and award winning Welsh folk band, Calan. Then on Sunday 8th July the event will draw to a close at Llanfest 2018 (see pages 20 & 21).
ALFIE BOE IN CONCERT
The 2018 event will open on Tuesday 3rd July, with one of Britain’s biggest selling, most popular and best loved vocalists of a generation, Alfie Boe. Alfie was born in Blackpool and grew up in nearby Fleetwood. He made his first “very nervous” public performance at the age of 14, singing a couple of lines in a “Songs from the Shows” presentation at the Marine Hall in Fleetwood and since those tentative lines he has of course become a hugely successful recording artist and West End, Broadway sensation. He is probably best known for his performances as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Miserables and he will be joined on the Llangollen stage by his ensemble of stellar musicians, as he showcases his best loved songs and communicates his love and joy of music, promising spectators an unforgettable evening of showmanship.
THE CLASSICAL COLLECTION
On Wednesday 4th July, finalists of the renowned Pendine International Voice of the Future Competition, which aims to advance the career of young singers, will entice the audience with breathtaking performances as they compete for the prestigious title and a share of the £10,000 prize fund, which has generously been donated by Pendine Park and the Bryn Terfel Foundation for the second year in a row. While the judges deliberate on the finalists’ performances, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod’s newly appointed Music Director, Vicky Yannoula, will take to the piano, alongside acclaimed pianist Peter Jablonski, and the Sirenian singers, in a moving collaboration inspired by the power and magic of the piano – so be prepared for musical fireworks!
INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION WITH SPECIAL GUESTS CALAN
On Thursday 5th July, international competitors from across the globe will unite, promising an immersive sea of vibrant colours and eclectic sounds, as they weave through the audience with their giant flags. The evening will explore the International Eisteddfod’s unique founding values of sharing music, dance, peace and friendship, with children from a local school presenting a message of goodwill to the world in the delivery of the 2018 Peace Message. Special guests for the evening, award winning revivalist, traditional Welsh band, Calan, will set feet tapping with
their quirky interpretation of Welsh folk music. The five-piece band will come along with their own fresh sound and lively routines. The programme will include beautiful and haunting melodies with superb instrumentation and infectious rhythms that express the joy and energy of folk music, in a spectacularly uplifting evening.
AN EVENING WITH VAN MORRISON
Friday 6th July will see the unparalleled vocal and songwriting talent that is Van Morrison take to the iconic Royal International Pavilion stage to perform music from his revered musical catalogue.
The Belfast born, talented musician, is one of the most prolific recording artists and live performers in music history and weaves a myriad of musical influences into his music, including street poetry, jazz improvisation, Irish folk, Afro Celtic Blues wailing, blues, pop, rock, R&B, country and gospel, captivating audiences. This will be an evening not to be missed.
CHOIR OF THE WORLD – WITH SPECIAL GUESTS RED PRIEST
The festival’s competitions will reach their exciting climax on Saturday 7th July, with the winners of the international choral competition competing for the titles of Choir of the World 2018 and the prestigious Pavarotti Trophy. Those taking part in the dance categories will participate in the Dance Champions of the World 2018 finals. Special guests, Baroque instrumental group, Red Priest, will also contribute to the excitement
of the evening, injecting energy and a gypsy feel to early music. Renowned for their dynamic, charismatic and visionary performances, the talented quartet will captivate the audience with their technical wizardry and showmanship.