Choral animateur, singer and presenter Gareth Malone will be Guest of Honour at Llangollen International Eisteddfod on Sunday 8 July 2012.
Best known for his success with BBC Two’s popular television series ‘The Choir’ (produced by Twenty Twenty), Gareth Malone who was honored by the Queen in the Diamond Jubilee Birthday celebrations, will address the audience before the Grand Finale Concert on the Sunday evening. There will be performances from John Owen Jones, Wynne Evans, Mark Llewellyn Evans, Fflur Wyn, Côr CF1 and many more.
Gareth Malone says, “The Llangollen International Eisteddfod has such a rich tradition of choral music and the prestigious Choir of The World Competition and the Pavarotti Trophy has elevated its status to a global recognition. It’s a great privilege to be Guest of Honour at a festival which has such a rich choral tradition and is so well supported by locals and visitors from four corners of the world.” Throughout its four series run, “The Choir” has been a huge success, winning a BAFTA, an RTS and a Broadcast award. Having eradicated the theory that Boys Don’t Sing, found a voice for an Unsung Town and been responsible for the ‘Military Wives Choir’ topping the Official Charts last Christmas, Gareth Malone has become a recognisable public figure and British icon.
Llangollen International Eisteddfod Musical Director Eilir Owen Griffiths, says, “In light of his contribution in recent years to Choral Music we felt that it was a fitting tribute to Gareth Malone to invite him to be our Guest of Honour. He has elevated and popularized this choral tradition through his dedication and hard work.“