Josie d’Arby can’t wait to return to Wales’ largest international festival – the Llangollen Eisteddfod. This summer event showcases competitors and performers from all over the world and Josie will be there to meet the groups and experience the behind-the-scenes preparations and to congratulate the winners.
BBC News presenter and passionate clog dancer Iwan Griffiths travels to Ireland to meet a group of Irish dancers and musicians from Castleblayney in County Monaghan, Northern Ireland, as they prepare to compete at the event this year. We also meet a group of Indian bhangra dancers from the West Midlands – whose members include a dentist and a fish and chip shop owner – as they rehearse their routines. How will these groups fare in the competitions this year?
As well as meeting the groups and competing individuals, Josie is there to catch this year’s star performers backstage, including singer and BBC Radio Cymru presenter Shân Cothi and the world renowned operatic tenor Rolando Villazon. Legendary musician Jools Holland also performs at this year’s opening concert.
All of the top notes and all of the highlights from the 2019 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.