Acclaimed tenor, the much-loved Alfie Boe, provided a dazzling start to the 2018 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod as he took the pavilion stage on Tuesday.

Dubbed ‘Britain’s favourite tenor’ the hugely successful recording artist, West End and Broadway sensation was joined by his ensemble of stellar musicians, as he showcased some of his new and best loved songs to a full house.

Boe opened the show with a storming rendition of ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ from his new album followed by ‘Pencil Full of Lead’.

No stranger to the annual festival of song, dance and peace, Boe’s fourth appearance at the International Eisteddfod since 2008 was as warmly received as his past concerts. His most recent visit was in 2015 when he starred in an evening celebrating musical theatre and movie themes.

The award-winning vocalist captivated his audience throughout the evening and in between songs he even kept track of the football score.

The atmosphere was electric as Boe guided his audience through an emotional musical journey, bringing the audience to its feet as he belted out powerful renditions of ‘Bring Him Home’ from Les Miserables.

After a rousing three hour show, Boe brought the show to a close with a performance of ‘Light Up’.

A smiling Boe was rewarded by a thunderous standing ovation from the crowd, proving that his appeal to International Eisteddfod audiences is showing no signs of availing.

Speaking after the show, Vicky Yannoula, music director at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, said: “What a start to our 2018 festival! Alfie’s performance tonight was absolutely flawless. He has an excellent record with audiences at the International Eisteddfod and that was evident tonight.

“Alfie is a true class act and he has certainly set the tone and standard for the week ahead.”

Earlier in the day, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod opened with International Children’s Day, exclusively for schools.

The concert featured the fantastic musical CACEN (CAKE) by Theatr Clwyd with their young Company aged 4-16.

The concert also included performances from international competitors with the delivery of the poignant Peace Message from Ysgol Dinas Bran.

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