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Friday, September 29, 2017

Eisteddfod appoints new music chief

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has announced its eighth music director and first ever representative of Greek origin to hold the prestigious title, Vicky Yannoula.

The portfolio musician with international experience joins the Eisteddfod following successful positions at organisations such as Trinity College London, Middlesex University and the Drake Calleja Trust, succeeding Eilir Owen Griffiths following his six-year tenure.

“As soon as I saw the role advertised online, I was instantly drawn to it,” said Vicky (pictured).

“I already knew of the Llangollen Eisteddfod due to the incredibly special place it holds in the world’s musical calendar.

“The International Eisteddfod’s core values of peace and multi cultural celebration inspire me, so to be appointed and follow in the footsteps of a host of incredibly talented music directors is a real honour.”

Since moving from Corfu to London in 1995 to study at the Royal College of Music, Vicky’s list of accomplishments has made her a notable pianist on stages around the world and seen her collaborate with a wealth of international artists.

Her impressive CV is also bolstered by her experience as a tutor, recording artist, manager and an entrepreneur.

Vicky added: “Throughout my career, I have been lucky enough to be involved in an array of performances, educational projects and to hold managerial positions in music. It is my passion and understanding – both as a musician and manager – that I can’t wait to bring to the role as Music Director.

“It’s such an honour to be appointed. The organisation's heritage and global prominence along with the team's vision, passion and sense of purposefulness are a huge source of inspiration to me. 

“It is a privilege to be joining this superb team and I am overjoyed that we shall be working together towards a dynamic International Eisteddfod for 2018.”

Vicky’s comprehensive and varied experience combined with her globally relevant background, represents an exciting opportunity for the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod as it continues to develop.

Chairman of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Dr Rhys Davies, said: “We’re excited to see Vicky add her personal flair to next year’s festival and use her extensive international experience to further cement the International Eisteddfod on a global stage.

“Her impressive background will ensure the International Eisteddfod continues to grow and develop reaching new audiences nationally as well as globally.”

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