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Music is a gift and the Llangollen Eisteddfod brought three incredibly gifted musicians to the Royal International Pavilion last night.

Percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie, the Royal harpist Claire Jones and rising opera star, Noah Stewart brought three different genres to the stage.

Dame Evelyn opened the concert when, accompanied by the Eisteddfod’s own orchestra, she showed us her talents as a percussionist. From marimba to glockenspiel, bongos to cow bells and even something that looked like a handleless saucepan Scot showed that her severe hearing impairment was no handicap to making music.

But for me it was her second half performance that shone. She took a simple snare drum and made it come alive with drumsticks that appeared bewitched.

The sticks flew through the air like duelling wands to the amazement of the audience and the members of the orchestra.

Llangollen International Eisteddfod Orchestra
Conductor: Bramwell Tovey
Royal International Pavilion, Llangolen
10 July 2013

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