Llangollen Eisteddfod 2015
I felt so privileged to be able to meet and take a photo of Terry Waite, CBE at his latest book signing of ‘The Voyage of the Golden Handshake,’ whilst at the Llangollen Eisteddfod 2015. Earlier on in the day Mr. Waite had been presented with this blessing scarf by a Nepalese visitor.
Terry Waite, CBE is an English humanitarian and author. Mr. Waite made his ever-popular appearance as President at this year’s Llangollen Eisteddfod from July 7-12th, and has now spoken of the important part his lifelong love of music played in helping him endure those harrowing times. “The Eisteddfod is all about the power of music. Music is a power for good and brings harmony to the soul.”
This year The Prince of Wales who was accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall, started the Parade of Nations, through the town centre.
Every summer since 1947 Llangollen has staged one of the world’s most inspirational cultural festivals.
Each year around 4,000 performers and as many as 50,000 visitors converge on this beautiful small Welsh town and its International Pavilion; to sing and dance in a unique combination of competition, performance, and international peace and friendship.
Its competitions climax with the prestigious ‘Choir of the World’, which determines the best overall choir of the event. In 2005 Luciano Pavarotti added his name to the competition in recognition of his appreciation of the festival and its influence on his career.
This years evening performers were Burt Bacharah, Rufus Wainwright, UB40’s Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue and Gareth Malone and his Choir.
I hope you enjoy a few of my personal highlights of the Llangollen Eisteddfod 2015.