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Llangollen Eisteddfod 2023, Wales
July 4 - July 9
£55 – £230
The Llangollen Eisteddfod, or Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod to give its full title, returns to Wales in July. This year’s 76th international music festival will feature Guy Barker Big Band, Alfie Boe, Propellor Ensemble as well as a concert to remember Srebrenica, Bosnia and Ukraine, and a final concert featuring the stars of tomorrow.
Each year an estimated 4,000 performers from all corners of the globe as well as 35,000 singers converge on the small Welsh town of Llangollen to sing in a community spirit of peace.
Llangollen Eisteddfod History
With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine it seems poignant to recall that the first International Musical Eisteddfod was held in June 1947, in the aftermath of the Second World War in the name of ‘Peace and Harmony’.
It was an amazing success with 40 choirs joining from around the UK and elsewhere. In subsequent years the International Eisteddfod has seen the likes of Dame Margot Fonteyn, Joan Sutherland, Kiri Te Kanawa, Nigel Kennedy, José Carreras, Jehudi Menuhin, Elaine Paige and Katherine Jenkins perform.
Placido Domingo claims that his first professional concert in the UK was at the 1968 Llangollen Eisteddfod while in 1955 a youthful Luciano Pavarotti sang in a choir from his home town of Modena, which was conducted by his father.
Llangollen Eisteddfod 2023
The 2023 schedule is:
Alfie Boe and Welsh of the West End on 4 July
A concert to remember Srebrenica, Bosnia and Ukraine on 5 July
Propellor Ensemble on 6 July
Guy Barker Big Band on 7 July
Choir of the World title and the Pavarotti Trophy on 8 July
Youth Dance Champions 2023 on 9 July
Message of Peace
For ideas of what to do while in North Wales, read Mark Bibby Jackson’s A Journey through the Countryside and Castles of Wales.
Llangollen Eisteddfod 2023 Dates
4-9 July, 2023
Getting to Llangollen
Ruabon and Chirk stations are both 15 minutes by car from Llangollen, although you can get the bus from the former station.
Llangollen is on the A5 an hour’s drive from the M54. Use postcode LL20 8SW for directions.
Tickets for Llangollen Eisteddfod 2022
Full Week Festival Pass – £230. Daytime only Week Festival Pass – £55 . For further details click here.
Llangollen Eisteddfod 2022
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