Llangollen in Denbighshire North Wales
Llangollen in Denbighshire North Wales
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Llangollen International Eisteddfod


Guest Artists who have performed at Llangollen include:-

Alicia Markova, Ballet Rambert - 1956
John Barbirolli, Conductor - 1947 & 1954
Sir Adrian Boult, Conductor - 1951 & 1952
Joan Hammond, Soprano - 1947 & 1963
Victoria de los Angeles, Soprano - 1950
Joan Sutherland, Soprano - 1955
Margaret Price, Soprano - 1974 & 1992
Yehudi Menuhin, Violin - 1953
Ei leen Joyce, Piano - 1950
Fou Ts’ong, Piano- 1959 & 1977 & 1985
Marisi Robles, Harp - 1964 & 1979  & 1992
Mstislav Rostropovitch, Cello - 1965
Jose Iturbi, Piano - 1966
Peter Katin, Piano - 1957 & 1971 & 1978
John Lill, Piano - 1973 &1979
Julian Lloyd Webber, Cello - 1981 & 1992
Evelyn Glennie, Percussion - 1994
Igor Oistrakh, Violin - 1994
James Galway, Flute - 1996
David Lloyd, Tenor - 1947 & 1960
Tito Gobbi, Baritone - 1951 & 1955
Boris Christoff, Bass - 1952
Placido Domingo, Tenor - 1968
Geraint Evans, Baritone - 1964
Luigi Infantino, Tenor - 1950 & 1959
Dennis O’Neill, Tenor - 1986
Stuart Burrows, Tenor - 1989
Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor - 1955 & 1995
Bryn Terfel, Bass-Baritone - 1990 & 1996
Carlo Rizzi, Conductor - 1994 & 1996

Magda Markovits with the first cloth 1954 to 1980The Autograph Collection

500 signatures collected from the Eisteddfod visitors books, have been painstakingly recorded in exquisite embroidery on two large linen cloths. Now framed, they hang on display in the Eisteddfod office. Started in 1954 by Mrs. Magda Markovits and Mrs. J. Campbell Preston and continued up to and including the 49th Eisteddfod by Mrs. Mary Baxter, Mrs. Joan Jones and Mrs. Gwen Manuel these cloths make fascinating reading. 
The Royal signatures of Elizabeth R, Charles and Diana, Anne and Margaret are prominent, as is Luciano Pavarotti, but frequently the eye stops at well known names such as: Anthony Eden, Edward Heath, Harold Wilson .... Joan Sutherland, Tito Gobbi, Mstislav Rostropovitch. Stuart Burrows, Geraint Evans, Julian Lloyd Webber, Evelyn Glennie and .... the list is endless.

Placido Domingo - A guest artist in the Thursday Evening Concert, 11 July 1968.

In 1968 the backstage facilities, to put it kindly, were rather crude. Placido Domingo remembers with a smile of disbelief the time when, waiting in the wings to perform. he just had to loosen his vocal chords by singing a few ear-splitting, ‘tra Ia las’. 
But how - in a tent - with the audience a mere hundred feet away? 
Help was at hand in the form of a perky Eisteddfod volunteer who stood on a chair above his head holding an embroidered handkerchief in her hand whilst peeping at the proceedings onstage through a crack in the canvas. The instant the stage performance ended, deafening applause began. Quickly the lady raised her handkerchief - giving the great man a few brief moments to burst into full voice - before quickly bringing it down again to cut him off as the applause died. 
It’s an experience he claims he will never forget.

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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Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

Eisteddfod Office, Llangollen, North Wales, UK, LL20 8SW

Telephone:- +44 1978 862000 - Fax:- +44 1978 862002

Email:- info@international-eisteddfod.co.uk 

Website:- http://www.international-eisteddfod.co.uk


 

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