Llangollen International Eisteddfod
The Early Competitors
The Luebeck Story
It was July, 1949, when a Welshman named
Hywel Roberts found himself compere of the International Mixed Choir
Competition - a difficult situation for the young man because, on the last
day of World War Two, his brother was killed in action on German
soil. And, about to mount the stage to hear his introduction, was the
Luebeck Choir from West Germany - the first Germans seen in Llangollen
since the war had ended.
Erika Fischer, one of the original choir members here in 1949, returned with the Choir to perform in the Saturday Evening Concert in 1984 and said then that she still had vivid memories of nervously arriving in Britain after struggling to get passports and foreign money on the black market. They did not know what to expect when they pulled up at the Railway Station, Erika said, “Everyone had ‘afraid faces’ but the ladies kissed us and we were crying for joy. It was the greatest experience of our lives to be here”
Beti Gwyn Williams
Mrs. Beti Gwynn Williams comes from Abergele and met her husband in the early thirties. An accomplished professional singer, her beautiful contralto voice was heard in the Thursday Concert of the first Eisteddfod.
During the years her husband was Music Director their home "Plas Hafod" in Llangollen's Abbey Road was a hive of activity
Reproduced from the book 'Fifty
Glorious Weeks 1947 - 1996'
ISBN 0 9528296 06 - Compiler and Art Editor Robert B. Attenburrow M.B.E
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