AN ARRAY of international stars are lined up for one of the largest global celebrations of music and dance.
They will join 4,000 competitors from all over the world at this year’s annual Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, which runs from July 7-12.
Stage star Barbara Dickson, chart-topping male quartet Blake, soprano Natasha Marsh, and Jamaican born bass-baritone Sir Willard White are all confirmed for this summer’s 63rd festival.
In a new development this year, 007 comes to Llangollen, when Carl Davis, renowned composer and conductor, directs the music of James Bond with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Mary Carewe, and Simon Bowman.
A Bond girl will also make an appearance, Pussy Galore, aka actress Honor Blackman to host the July 12 evening concert.
Wednesday, July 8, includes The Llangollen Peace Concert hosted by eisteddfod president Terry Waite.
And this year, for the first time, Llangollen will include an extra day of activities on Sunday.
Mervyn Cousins, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod executive director, said: “The Eisteddfod is developing and evolving each year, and we have more and more to offer competitors, visitors, and the local community annually. Llangollen is a well-established festival, and for us as organisers, extending the activities on the field on Sunday, July 12 is a natural process.
“Tickets for the Sunday evening finale will include the Licensed to Thrill Music of Bond concert, as well as the day’s events, and also a bonus concert by world-renowned violinist Tasmin Little – plus a firework display to conclude the festival.”
For tickets and further information, call 01978 862001 or visit www.international-eisteddfod.co.uk.