The Celebration Choir group from St Helens are celebrating after being selected to perform at the prestigious Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales.
The Celebration Choir was formed to raise money for the Willowbrook hospice and is a pop/gospel choir of about 40 members of all ages.
The choir sings all year round at community events, churches, nursing homes and at St Helens Choir Festival and at the North Wales Choral Festival. It has raised thousands of pounds for the hospice and also for Unicef and other organisations. They rehearse every week at the last remaining Welsh Chapel on Merseyside - Sutton Oak Welsh Chapel.
The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is one of the foremost world festivals of music, dance and culture, and includes competitions showcasing choirs and dance troupes
from across the globe.
Each year it attracts more than 4,000 performers and as many as 50,000 visitors across the week and this year takes place from July 1-7, 2019).
Established in 1947, the International Eisteddfod promotes peace and goodwill between nations by bringing performers from all cultures and nations together through music. The
festival is world renowned, having welcomed international music stars including Luciano Pavarotti who competed in the competitions as a boy and returned to perform as one of
the most successful tenors of all time.
This year, Celebration choir and friends will join international participants from all over the world in a vibrant carnival of culture.
Music director of the festival, Edward-Rhys Harry, said: “It is a real honour to welcome our participants to the beautiful town of Llangollen and give them the opportunity to perform on the festival’s famed Royal Pavilion stage.
"They should be really proud of this achievement, it is a unique opportunity to enjoy and celebrate. We wish them the very best of luck."