The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod attracts some of the best choirs, dancers and performers from all over the world. A selection of 2012’s best Commonwealth performers were invited to perform in The Commonwealth Carnival of Music at Westminster Hall, including choirs from Canada, South Africa and Australia and a dance troupe from India.
In addition, others who were invited to complete the line-up included the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra, Ngāti Rānana Maori Choir who brought the Haka to Westminster, a 100 strong combined Welsh Male Voice Choir and The Watoto Children’s Choir (an award winning and inspirational choir from a programme in Uganda which cares for orphaned children.) There was also be a rare opportunity to see The Parliament Choir whose members include Lords, MPs and other members of Westminster Staff.
Entertaining the audience on stages around the hall during the afternoon before the formal concert in our Croeso Carnival (Welcome Carnival) were BT Melodians Steel Orchestra, The Abraham Darby School Showband from Telford and The Hartley Morris Dancers.
Our Carnival hosts were Baroness Floella Benjamin, TV Presenter, Huw Edwards and Bite The Ballot’s Michael Sani and the official proceedings were heralded by a lone bag-piper, from the Pipes and Drums of the London Scottish Regiment.
We are grateful to all our performers and volunteers who generously gave their time to make this such a memorable day.