Wayzata Women’s Chorus to compete at 2011 International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales

The Wayzata Women’s Chorus has been invited to compete at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales during the week of July 4-10, 2011.

In October, 2010, the Chorus sent an application and submitted a CD of three songs to be judged for the competition. In December, the members of the Chorus were given the good news that the application had been officially accepted in the Classical and Folk categories. They will compete against other choirs from around the world during two days of the competition. If they win first place, they will go into the world competition. This is a dream come true for director Carole Birch, who has wanted the chorus to participate in this competition since becoming its director 25 years ago. The chorus is accompanied by Mary Fadden.

The Chorus’ spring concerts, in May, will feature the music they will sing in the competition. To raise money for the trip, the chorus is available for paying engagements. Contact Lenore Miller at lenoremiller@yahoo.com or Carole Birch at cbbirch1@q.com.

Founded in 1985, this award-winning chorus is composed of women of many ages who share a love of music and enjoy performing in a variety of venues. The chorus is well respected for the depth of their repertoire. They attained the Bronze Level at the Salzburg, Austria Choral Competition in 1995 and participated in the North Carolina Music Festival in 1997. In June 2006, they performed in the Southern New England Music Festival in Boston.

Llangollen, clustered around the River Dee, nestled in the Vale of Llangollen, and surrounded by hills is as scenic as it gets.  It is best known today as the home of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. For one week in July this village comes alive with dancers, singers, choirs and musicians from all over the world and the village of 3000 people swells to 120,000 as cultural competitions and celebrations dominate the scene.

The village takes its name from Sain Collen who founded it in the 7th century. Two hundred years ago it consisted mainly of a green and a street joined by one of the “Seven Wonders of Wales”, a four arched bridge, built in the 16th century on parts of a 13th century one. The river rushes through the village making the bridge a favourite place to stand and contemplate the beauties of the area while listening to the water roaring past.


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