Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is a musical festival for international choirs and dance groups held since 1947, for a week annually in July, in Llangollen, North Wales.

The purpose of the festival according to it’s constitution was ‘to promote education, international peace and goodwill through the medium of the fine arts and in particular the art of music’.

Key events in the Eisteddfod history include royal visits from Prince Charles and Princess Diana in1985 and through the decades the International Eisteddfod has played host to many notable guest artists, not least Pavarotti who performed at the Eisteddfod in 1955 and 1995.

DD/LE/5/1/9/3 Souvenir Programme 1958 Copyright: Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

DD/LE/5/1/9/3 Souvenir Programme 1958
Copyright: Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

The records of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod are held by Denbighshire Archives. The collection includes the records of the Friends of LLIME, which was set up to support the festival, and the papers of W.S.Gwynne Williams, who was instrumental in founding the festival and was the Hon. Music Director of the Eisteddfod, 1947-1977.

For information on the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Archive project go to http://international-eisteddfod.co.uk/a-bit-of-background/visit-the-archives/archive-project/

Information on our holdings can be found here- DDLE

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