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There will also be a competition to find the dance champions of 2014 and to top the evening off Richard and Adam, who shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent, will appear as special guests. It will be the first time Bryn Terfel has performed on the International Eisteddfod stage since he opened the 2006 festival and that was his first appearance at Llangollen in a decade. He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled I’m able to appear at the 2014 International Eisteddfod. I’m a proud Welshman and the International Eisteddfod is unique, the atmosphere, the colour, the audience, even the flowers, it really is a very, very special event." The lead role as the mean, brooding, murderous barber particularly excites Bryn who added: “I’m really looking forward to returning to sing the role of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. “I had the honour of meeting Sondheim when I sang Sweeney for the first time for a production at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2002 and was privileged to be a soloist for the BBC Proms Concert honouring Sondheim’s 80th Birthday in 2010. “I hadn’t sung the role since 2007 so I was grateful for the opportunity to reprise the role in New York. “This will hold me in good stead for when I return to Llangollen. And to be part of an all Welsh cast what a coup! What other nation would be able to do this!” Musical Director Eilir Owen Griffiths said: "I am really excited about the line-up for this year which I am sure will prove a big hit with our audiences. “We’re also thrilled to have Caro Emerald here. She is a stunning talent who has made a sensational and deserved rise to international stardom. “We want a rich diversity of music to be featured at Llangollen and our only proviso is that it must be world class and Caro Emerald certainly fits into that category.”

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It’s a lineup Caro Emerald is thrilled to be part of and she said: “I have looked at who has been on the bill in the past and there are some really iconic names. I’m really proud and humbled to have been asked to perform and I look forward to finally performing in Wales for the first time. “I don’t want to give too much away about what will be included in my set list for the concert but what I will say is that the audience, my band and, of course, me are sure to have a good time!” The Eisteddfod is a complete international experience and that goes for the food too. Home-cooked Welsh produce is on the menu but so are the cuisines of Europe, China, India and the rest of the world and there’s excellent local Llangollen ale. There are gifts and clothes from South America, jewellery, wooden toys and Welsh-made products at more than 40 stalls, including exhibitions of festival supporters, Extreme Animals and Owl Rescue Display, charity groups and more including jugglers, escape artists and magic tricks. To book tickets and for more details on the 2014 festival go to the website at www.international-eisteddfod.co.uk

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Shropshire Signpost 2014  

2014 edition of the Shropshire Signpost - full of colourful features and ideas of places to visit in Shropshire.