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2012 Concert Revelation Concert Revelation 9


Show your love for the North Wales Choral Festival from 8-10 November…

30/10/13

The Willmott Dixon North Wales Choral Festival was first introduced in 1987 and for 25 years has provided a platform to showcase choral talent from right across Europe. Venue Cymru has played host welcoming choirs to our shores each year without fail.

In 2011 the festival grew from a one day competition to a two day festival, and then in 2012 a third day was added to turn the festival into a long weekend celebration of music; perfect for that short break visitor in our traditional tourism shoulder months.

Showing no signs of slowing down organisers Conwy County Borough Council introduced free community performances last year getting the whole of Llandudno involved! Cartrefi Conwy is now on board and ten performances have been planned!

“We are proud to sponsor the Community Performances that are taking place during the North Wales Choral Festival 2013. We believe through sponsoring the Community Performances, it is giving everyone the opportunity to get involved and brings this festival to the communities of Llandudno, allowing the whole town to celebrate this established event.”- Cartrefi Conwy

Venues throughout the town are joining in the choral spirit by allowing some of the festival’s choirs to perform mini concerts. Keep your eyes peeled if you’re out shopping, there’s even a surprise flash mob making an appearance.

Traditionally the festival has kicked off on Friday night with a concert to help settle the visiting choirs in for the weekend. Headlining the opening night concert on Friday 8 November is Welsh tenor Wynne Evans and GoCompare star! Wynne has enjoyed an extensive career including over 250 appearances with the Welsh National Opera spanning the past 15 years. He has also sung as a principal with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and English National Opera.

His vast repertoire includes collaborations with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra and his first album went straight to number one in the Classical Charts.

He will be joined on stage by Glanaethwy Choir; the BBC’s Last Choir Standing runner up to Only Men Aloud, Elgan Llyr Thomas; one of the first ever recipients of the Bryn Terfel Foundation Study Award and classically trained Mezzo Soprano, Sioned Terry.

Ysgol Glanaethwy is a performing arts school renowned for their energetic and unforgettable performances. Their trophy case boasts impressive awards from the National Eisteddfod, Urdd Eisteddfod, and Cor Cymru.

Recognised as one of the world’s finest youth choirs, in 2010 they were invited to the World Choir Games in China where they went on to achieve Gold in Gospel and Youth categories and Silver in Pop.

Local talent Elgan Llyr Thomas will return to his roots in Llandudno as winner of the Blue Riband Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize. To add to his already impressively young career, Elgan has recently been shortlisted for the 2013 John Fussell Award.

From an early age Sioned Terry has experienced success on both the national and international platforms of the Eisteddfod in Wales and has since forged a career that has seen her perform for audiences ranging from politicians to royalty!

Tickets to see Wynne and special guests are only £10 for children and £15 for adults and can be purchased either online at: venuecymru.co.uk or at the Box Office (01492) 872000.

The North Wales Choral Festival began as a competition and this remains the focus. If you enjoy choral music, why not block out your diary for the whole festival and join choirs from the UK and Ireland as they compete to be crowned the 2013 champion?

On Saturday 9 November, male, ladies and youth voice sections will be competing to be crowned the 2013 champion from 10am. And, on Sunday 10 November it’s the turn of the mixed voice and barbershop style to battle it out from noon.

Tickets are very reasonably priced at just £2.50 each day for children and £5 for adults and there are even discounts available for weekend tickets.

If you can’t make the daytime competition, there’s always the popular Festival Celebration Concert on Saturday night. This year there are nine choirs taking to the stage for a good old fashioned sing song of the best of their repertoire.

Tickets for the Festival Celebration Concert on Saturday 9 November are priced at just £10 per adult and £5 per child.

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