Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod are pleased to announce that they have appointed Eilir Owen Griffiths, the highly successful conductor and composer, as their new Music Director to follow Mervyn Cousins who has left to take a senior post with the Associated Board of Royal Colleges of Music.
Mr Griffiths, 30, a native of Denbigh and whose parents still live in Colwyn Bay, is a Tutor/Cultural Organiser at The University of Wales Trinity St David in Carmarthen, where, in addition to lecturing he is also a director for Musical Theatre productions and a singing teacher, as well as being Artistic Director of the Trinity Arts Festival. He is best known throughout Wales as the Musical Director of the very well-known choirs CF1 and Côr Godre’r Garth with whom he has attained considerable success in competitions and concerts. He conducts the college choir, and is also a highly-regarded composer, his most recent work being a “Requiem” written to celebrate the creation of a new university, which received its premiere in June 2011 with Bryn Terfel and Wynne Evans performing together with Eilir’s 3 choirs and the Chamber Orchestra of Wales. In addition to his work in Wales, Eilir has considerable international contacts, especially with Poland and North America, and is the founder of the Stuart Burrows International Voice Award
Eilir said “I am very much looking forward to the challenge of maintaining and advancing the very high standards of the International Eisteddfod, and I am particularly anxious to increase the involvement of children in this great festival”
Eisteddfod Chairman Phil Davies said “We are all very excited at this new appointment of a young man who, while at the heart of the Welsh music scene, has a wide and international outlook which will equip him well for the task of taking the Llangollen Eisteddfod forward to even greater achievements.”
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