* Eisteddfod Musical Director Eilir Owen Griffiths.
It's all systems go for the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
Snow damage caused to the Royal International Pavilion in Llangollen is being repaired this week by Denbighshire County Council.
The weight of heavy snow had caused a rip to a panel of the roof at the building, the home of the popular international festival which attracts thousands of visitors to the town every July.
A spokesperson for the Pavilion said that a temporary panel had been fitted and that the programme of events at the Pavilion had been unaffected with an antiques fair taking place at the weekend and a comedy night scheduled for Saturday, April 20.
Gareth Edwards, Siting Officer for the Eisteddfod, said: “We have had one or two enquiries as a result of the snowfall which caused some minor damage but we have an excellent relationship with Denbighshire County Council who have put a temporary cover on the damaged panel.
“They will be completing the repairs this month and we have been assured that the Pavilion will be ready long before we take it over for a month from June 24.”
This year’s Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod takes play from Tuesday, July 9, to Sunday, July 14, and features six days of high quality concerts and top class music and dance competitions.
Strictly Come Dancing stars James and Ola Jordan are part of a stunning lineup at this year’s Eisteddfod.
They will perform with Cuban maestros Buena Vista Social Club and other top attractions are Jools Holland, harpist Claire Jones, tenor Noah Stewart and percussionist Evelyn Glennie.
In addition there is the VERDI 200 on the Friday night of the Eisteddfod, a 200th anniversary performance of Verdi’s Requiem with Claire Rutter, Mirouslava Yordanova , Gwyn Hughes Jones, Jonathan Lemalu and accompanied by the Eisteddfod Orchestra conducted by Andrew Greenwood.
And the event will open on the Tuesday with the colourful procession of the competitors to the Royal International Pavilion, led by Eisteddfod President Terry Waite, CBE, the former Archbishop’s Special Envoy and a long-time supporter.
Eilir Owen Griffiths said: “I am delighted to have put together such a strong line-up and one that is truly global in its scope and one that shows that Llangollen still attracts the very best to come and perform here.
“It’s a very exciting programme and is very different and we need to show that we can do that and remain true to the spirit of the International Eisteddfod.
"The Choir of the World competition is internationally recognised and we want to elevate dance to the same level by giving it a place on the stage on the big night.
“We have a truly worldwide line-up which is a real mixture but I feel it is a good fit.
“We have international class performers from around the world and that combined with the colour and atmosphere generated by our competitors and the welcome they receive makes this a unique event.”