Comedy, classical music, gig and commemorating the First World War; a taste of what’s to come at this year’s National Eisteddfod concerts.
With a wide-ranging programme sure to appeal to people of all ages, there’s a great mix of national and international artists and local talents starring on the Pavilion stage this summer.
Eisteddfod Organiser, Elen Elis said, “The new Pavilion has given us an opportunity to look again at our evening programme, and to be far more ambitious than in the past. Last year was a chance for us to experiment with the Pavilion Gig, and we are delighted that the gig is returning again this year, with Yws Gwynedd, Yr Eira, Alys Williams and Mr Phormula performing with the Welsh Pops Orchestra to finish the week on Anglesey.
“The week begins in a very different way as we present the premiere of a brand new work, ‘A Oes Heddwch?’, remembering the First World War as we commemorate the centenary of Hedd Wyn and the Black Chair. Gwyn Hughes Jones, One of Anglesey’s best-known stars, Gwyn Hughes Jones, well-known on opera stages across the world, returns to the Pavilion on Saturday evening.
“The Cymanfa Ganu (congregational singing) with Mari Lloyd Pritchard, Gwyn Evans, Beaumaris Band and organist, Grês Pritchard, is held on Sunday nights and highlights the tercentenary of William Wiliams Pantycelyn’s birth, as we enjoy some of Wales’ favourite hymns.
“It’s the Noson Lawen in the Pavilion on Monday evening, with a mixture of famous faces and young performers ready to entertain us. It’s sure to be a great night for the family with plenty of singing and laughter.
“And we’ll definitely have plenty of laughter on Tuesday night as Tudur Owen, Dyl Mei and Manon Rogers-Thomas present ‘Hynna Be Di O – the Stage Show’. The popular presenters have relocated their radio studio to the Pavilion stage, and who knows what will happen during the evening! There’ll be lots of music too with Osian Huw Williams and the house band.
“So, there’s a good mix of new and creative ideas and some traditional evenings, which will hopefully appeal to local people as well as our national audience. And this year you’ll be able to save money on concert tickets too as we introduce evening early bird tickets. Go online for more information and to buy tickets, or ring the ticketline on 0845 4090 800.
“Remember to make sure you book your tickets early. With the caravan site, camping and stalls selling so quickly this year, make sure you don’t miss out on concert tickets by leaving it too late. Tickets will be on sale from 10:00 on Monday 3 April.”
Friday 4 August: A Oes Heddwch? Taking its inspiration from the story of Hedd Wyn, winner of the Black Chair, this is the story of the boys who went to war a century ago and the community left behind here in Wales.
New work by Aled and Dafydd Hughes (Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog), Guto Dafydd, Paul Mealor and Grahame Davies, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Eisteddfod Choir. The soloists are Osian Huw Williams, Casi Wyn, Emyr Gibson and Lleuwen Steffan.
Saturday 5 August: Gwyn Hughes Jones Old favourites and new songs with Gwyn and his guests, including up-and-coming Anglesey soloists, Steffan Lloyd Owen, Meilir Jones and Llio Evans. With renowned pianist, Iwan Llewelyn-Jones and the Rhys Taylor Chamber Ensemble.
Sunday 6 August: Cymanfa Ganu (Congregational Singing) With Mari Lloyd Pritchard, Beaumaris Brass Band and Gwyn Evans. The organist is Grês Pritchard.
Monday 7 August: Noson Lawen Ynys Môn An evening of family entertainment. Dilwyn Morgan presents Elin Fflur, Côr Glanaethwy, Eilir Jones, Wil Tân, Trio, Y Tri Trwmpedwr (Gwyn Evans, Gwyn Owen & Cai Isfryn), Bach a Mawr & Edern
Tuesday 8 August: Hynna Be Di O – The Stage Show Tudur Owen and friends bring their iconic radio show to the Pavilion stage. With guests, music and plenty of laughs, who knows what’ll happen as Tudur, Manon and Dyl Mei take over the Pavilion for the night...
Thursday 10 August: Pavilion Gig Huw Stephens presents Yws Gwynedd, Yr Eira, Alys Williams and Mr Phormula, with the Welsh Pops Orchestra
The competition continue into the evening on Wednesday and Friday, with the evening sessions starting at 18:00. English language translation will be available in the concerts on Saturday and Sunday evenings, and a bilingual programme available for the opening concert. Simultaneous translation is available for all competing sessions during the day and the evening. The translation equipment will be available free of charge from the Translation Centre next to the Pavilion.
The Anglesey National Eisteddfod is held in Bodedern from 4-12 August. Tickets available from 3 April, with early bird bargains running until 30 June. For more information on the Eisteddfod go to www.eisteddfod.wales or ring 0845 4090 900.