Harford High students to sing in Wales

March 30, 2003

North Harford High School's a cappella choir and Madrigals choir will represent the United States in this year's International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales.

The choirs are under the direction of Martha Banghart. The choristers from Pylesville will leave July 3 and l return July 13.

Competing in the Eisteddfod is one of the highest honors that a choir can achieve. Some of the world's most talented singers have been discovered at this competition, including Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo, Banghart said.

"About 50 countries will participate, and our choirs will be competing against some of the most talented choirs in the world," she said.

Unlike other competitions and music festivals, there are no application fees. Participation is by invitation only. The Eisteddfod is sponsored by the Prince of Wales and is run by more than 60,000 volunteers. There will be many opportunities for the choirs to perform in churches and at community events.

The North Harford a cappella choir made its first European tour in 1986, when it was invited to perform at St. David's Hall in Cardiff, the capital of Wales, by Glynne Jones, then conductor of the Pendyrus Male Choir. That marked the beginning of a relationship that has culminated in North Harford's invitation to compete in the Eisteddfod.

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