Final Report from the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
Written by Chair of LIME Committee Pam Cheesley-Hollinshea
Early start to ensure all is ready for another day of fun and visitors!
It was lovely to meet more visiting Soroptimists from other Clubs as well as two daughters of a member of SI Llangollen club which sadly is now closed. We spent an informative time learning more of that club’s involvement with the Llangollen Eisteddfod from the 1960s onwards.
It was due to the commitment and encouragement of those members that we now have the privilege of hosting our hospitality tent where we can share information about the work of Soroptimist international.
Watching our choir perform in the Royal Pavilion was a wonderful experience. The auditorium was filled with expectation and exhilaration as each choir arranged themselves ready to sing followed by the loud applause at the finish of each piece.
Returning to SI Tent HQ we were able to spend a short amount of time with choir members before going back to the Royal Pavilion to await the results of the Open Choir Competition. The adjudicator was fulsome and fair in his remarks to each choir; as the results were announced at one point our choir was in the lead! However, they came 3rd, one point separating each of the top three places
A jubilant Director Padri ran from our seats to receive their monetary prize. The youngsters were delighted.
Back at SI Tent HQ we celebrated with them enjoying their excitement in success.
Wow what a difference a day makes!
The Eisteddfod field was so quiet, the calm before a very different musical extravaganza began at midday first up were Chester Big Band Rocking us round the Clock. LlanFest was the culmination of the Eisteddfod, a celebration of 75 years of the Eisteddfod plus 25 years of the ‘fringe events’- with an eclectic mix of music which was played across the venue, in the stage, the Pavilion and the Geodome. All very well stage managed.
The hot day brought folk in to sit and enjoy the sounds, to investigate the retail experiences – yes we were still selling pre loved scarves, handbags and jewellery. Time to spend quality time with members of the choir who ranged in age from 10 to 27. Some had a good command of English others not, but then we couldn’t speak Georgian or read their written word – Cyrillic script.
Opportunity to mix with other stall holders and spread the word about Soroptimist International.
Day 5 Monday
A tired but fulfilled group of LIME committee members plus supporting folks packed up the tent as quickly as possible as the temperature rose steadily to 25+ during the morning.
The general feeling around the site and within our committee has been positive, great to be back , let’s reflect on what we have done and make plans for 2023!
Many many thanks to all who worked so hard to make our small part of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod fun and successful. See you next year 4-9 July!
Diolch yn fawr
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