Friday, 8 July 2016

LLangollen Eisteddfod treat

We got to the ticket office at about 0830 and found no queue at all. We paid our £11 each for day tickets which gave us unreserved seating in the rear section of the main pavilion. It sounds worse than it was; as we were among the first in we were able to choose the centre front row (unreserved) which were excellent seats. This you can see from my photos of the stage, all taken without having to stand up.

The choir we were particularly interested in following was Coro San Benildo from the Philippines, whom we had seen and liked very much in a lunchtime concert in the parish church. Here they are, performing on the main stage.

Many choirs wore some sort of national costume. This choir from California - Davis High School, I believe - were in strange Tudor-style clothes. This might be because they call themselves a madrigal choir, I think.

Coro San Benildo gave an excellent performance in the Youth Choirs category and we were pleased that they won. They were ecstatic when the adjudicators gave their verdict!

Their conductor, Lorenzo C. Gealogo, collecting his trophy.

After the various elements of the competition had been completed for the day there was a colourful and noisy parade through the town.

Terry Waite was driven in a 90-year-old Vauxhall and was given an ice cream by a man dressed as an ice cream.

After the parade we had fish and chips by the river, then took the boat up to the basin to wind and returned to our mooring but now facing Trefor. We were really pleased we stayed on for a whole day at the Eisteddfod. We shall have to do it again another year.

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