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Monday, December 4, 2023

Sir Tom Jones heads list of stars to appear during 2024 Eisteddfod week

* Sir Tom Jones appears on Tuesday July 2nd.

Welsh icons Tom Jones and Katherine Jenkins and international best-selling artist Gregory Porter will all perform headline concerts during the core week of the 2024 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

As the full line-up of events was announced today, it is revealed that music legend Tom Jones will present the opening concert of the week at Llangollen Pavilion on Tuesday July 2nd, kicking off six days of evening concerts, with mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins closing the week on Sunday 7th

Between these dates audiences can enjoy a huge variety of special evening events, featuring award-winning folk band Calan, royal harpist Alis Huws, Britain’s Got Talent favourites John’s Boys Male Chorus, West End and Broadway stars Kerry Ellis and John-Owen Jones, and two-time GRAMMY award winning jazz sensation Gregory Porter.

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The core week of the iconic peace festival returns from Tuesday July 2nd to Sunday July 7th 2024.

* Katherine Jenkins sings on July 7th.

Beginning the week of events, which brings together people from across the globe, will be singing sensation Tom Jones on Tuesday 2nd

The international and multi-award-winning icon is bringing his sell-out Ages and Stages tour for what is sure to be a memorable night filled with everyone’s favourite hits. 

Wednesday July 3rd will bring a celebration of Welsh music with Wales Welcomes the World featuring Welsh folk band Calan, royal harpist Alis Huws and John’s Boys Male Chorus, who reached the semi-finals of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in 2023. 

Musical theatre fans will be enraptured on Thursday July 4th when superstars Kerry Ellis and John Owen-Jones, perform an evening of Broadway and West End classics Direct From The West End. 

And on Friday July 5th Gregory Porter will make a triumphant return to Llangollen. 

Gregory is rightly regarded as his generation's most soulful jazz singer-songwriter and since breaking through almost a decade ago, he has become a beloved part of the British cultural firmament. The Californian has played at numerous festivals, including Glastonbury, where he wowed the Pyramid Stage, and Radio 2’s Live in Hyde Park and now he heads to Llangollen. 

The very best choirs, dance groups and young operatic stars compete for the Eisteddfod’s top prizes including the coveted Pavarotti Trophy with Choir Of The World on Saturday July 6th.

Closing the week will be a classical gala concert headlined by Katherine Jenkins – officially the world’s most successful classical singer after she was crowned ‘The Biggest Selling Classical Artist of the Century’ by Classic FM. 

* Gregory Porter stars on July 5th.

A hugely successful recording artist, she has smashed the record books achieving 14 Number 1 albums and performed for thousands of serving British troops overseas as well as Popes, Presidents and Princes in a sensational 20-year career.

The headlining shows with Tom Jones, Katherine Jenkins and Gregory Porter are the latest to be announced as part of a new partnership between Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and Live Nation promoters Cuffe and Taylor. 

A series of concerts falling either side of the week have already been announced including Madness, Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers and Suede, Paloma Faith, Jess Glynne and Nile Rodgers & CHIC with more to come. 

Vice-Chair of the festival Chris Adams said: “This year, we have partnered with promoters Cuffe and Taylor and people are already seeing the international artists we are bringing to Llangollen before and after our core Eisteddfod.  Our core festival is everything our long-time supporters have come to expect from our peace festival and more.” 

Lead Programmer and Production Manager at the Llangollen Eisteddfod Dave Danford added:“The core Eisteddfod week is the centrepiece of our activities each year, and in 2024 it will be bigger and better than ever. We’ve been committed to retaining all of the elements our loyal supporters expect, such as Choir of the World on the Saturday evening, which sits proudly alongside the big-name artists we have coming to perform.

"There’s no doubt that the programme we’re announcing today combines the best of our Eisteddfod traditions with the expectations of modern audiences, we look forward to welcoming friends both new and old to Llangollen in July.”

And Cuffe and Taylor co-founder Peter Taylor said: “It is exciting to be part of such as important week in the North Wales calendar. We applaud the tireless work of the Eisteddfod team and look forward to working alongside them to complement their activities while continuing to attract household names to perform in this beautiful part of the country.”

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* Llangollen Silver Band's training band strikes up It's Not Unusual at the press conference.

Llangollen Silver Band’s training section – given special permission to miss the first few hours of school for the occasion – struck up a lively version of his hit It’s Not Unusual as it was announced that Tom Jones would be headlining at next summer’s Eisteddfod during a press conference in the Community Hall this morning (Monday).

The announcement itself by Clwyd South Senedd Member Ken Skates was greeted by loud cheers from the audience of trustees, volunteers and Friends of the Eisteddfod who had gathered for the occasion.

Addressing the Eisteddfod supporters Mr Skates said: “Thank you for bringing joy and peace to this famous area of north Wales.

“The Eisteddfod has had to change and adapt. The announcements about the range of artistes appearing during the core week next summer have been fantastic.

“This has always been an incredible international festival that people in this area and across the world hold dear to their hearts.”

New Eisteddfod chair, Chris Adams, spoke of the “huge effort” made by the volunteers now in charge of the festival to turn round its fortunes.

And Town Mayor, Cllr Paul Keddie, said that the “stunning” line-up of international performers the Eisteddfod would be presenting would make “Llangollen the place to be next summer”.

* Tonight (Monday December 4) the Eisteddfod will be holding another community meeting at St Collen’s Community Hall starting at 7pm. 

The hybrid session will be an opportunity to provide an update on the 2024 concert programme, answer questions about their plans for next summer, and to invite residents to join the growing team of volunteers.  


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