Llangollen International Eisteddfod
The People who Made it Happen
Tudor (1908 - 1988)
Hon. Director of Publicity to the 1947 Eisteddfod
Born at Tanyfron, Wrexham, a journalist with the Liverpool Daily Post and in 1946 a regional officer of the British Council. A visionary, he conceived the idea of an International Eisteddfod and sowed the seed of that idea in Llangollen. He worked tirelessly to attract overseas competitors to the first festival.
"Without his inspiration there would not have been an International Eisteddfod at Llangollen in 1947" - Dudley R. Richards, Chairman 1986.
Gwynn Williams OBE, MA, Hon. RAM. Hon. RCM., (1896 -1978)
Hon. Music Director 1947 - 1977
Mr. W.S. Gwynn Williams, an experienced and ardent Eisteddfodwr, was a native of Llangollen. Music was his lifelong passion and his concern for the preservation of Welsh Music, particularly Folk Music, amounted to a “mission”. As proprietor of the Gwynn Publishing firm he produced much solo and choral music as welt as arrangements oi polyphonic music of many countries, factors which were to be of paramount importance to the launching of the International Eisteddfod. He was Organiser of Music for the Gorsedd of Bards for over 53 years and Honorary Music Director of the International Eisteddfod from its inception in 1947 until his retirement in 1977. Apart from the prodigious task of selecting test pieces for the various competitions, contacting the many groups and choirs from home and overseas, and the engagement of adjudicators and artists, he was responsible for the smooth running of the programme during Eisteddfod week. Without his enthusiasm and wide musical knowledge the International Eisteddfod could not have been undertaken.
Chairman of the 1947 Eisteddfod
History master at the local Grammar School, Llantysilio Church organist, knowledgeable musician; George Northing became one of the key figures in the initial organisation of the Eisteddfod. As Chairman of the Llangollen U.D.C. he accepted enthusiastically the idea of the Eisteddfod and it was largely through his efforts that the concept became a reality. Reporting on the first Eisteddfod: "A memorable occasion, an unqualified success. Singing, striking in its standard and endless variety, international friendships, interminable hand-shaking, and arising from this the anticipation of June 1948 ... we have been making history."
G. H. Northing, Chairman (Standing)
W. Clayton Russon, President (far left)
W.S. Gwynn Williams, Music Director (second from right)
Harold Tudor, Publicity Director (far right)
|The 1948 Executive
Committee (numbered left to right)
Chairman:- J. Rhys Roberts
- seated (2)
Sir Clayton Russon,
D. Roberts, BA, Dip.Ed.,
A.G. Reeves, B.Sc.
- Life Vice President and Founder Member of the Organisation
Reproduced from the book 'Fifty
Glorious Weeks 1947 - 1996'
ISBN 0 9528296 06 - Compiler and Art Editor Robert B. Attenburrow M.B.E
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