was the best festival ever in North Wales
superstar Bryn Terfel said he was delighted with
the success of the Faenol Festival - claiming it
was the "best so far".
confirmed it was the best attended festival since
it began and the Pant Glas-born baritone promised
the thousands of people who attended the threeday
festival he would do his utmost to maintain the
high standard again next year.
told the Daily Post: "We were doubly blessed by
truly great performances and fantastic weather."
Sunday evening a capacity crowd of 10,000 people
begged, clapped and shouted for more after top performances
from Bryn, Catalan tenor José Carreras and New Zealand
newcomer Hayley Westenra.
were treated to an unprecedented six encores before
the spectacular fireworks display broug ht th e
evening to an exp l osive conclusion.
said last night: "Sunday's concert was an incredible
mix of young and establ ished talent, with Hayl
ey Westenra capturing the hearts of everyone and
the maes t ro, my friend José Carreras, majestic
as ever, lifting the concert to another level.
enjoyed every second of it and could hardly believe
I was there.
the Welsh national anthem against a blanket of stars
and thousands of Welsh flags is a memory that will
stay with me forever."
Catalan tenor was greeted by a standing ovation
when he appeared on stage. The maestro was visibly
moved by the warm reception he received.
Westenra, just 16 and tipped for major stardom by
Bryn, also received a warm welcome when she came
onto the stage.
immediately found a place in the hearts of Welsh
concert goers after greeting the audience in Welsh.
i'r Faenol (Welcome to Faenol). It's a privilege
to be here in your lovely country. It reminds me
so much of home it makes me homesick," she said.
the concert came to a fitting climax Bryn delighted
the audience even more by proudly showing the Welsh
flag, cunningly sewn into the lining of his jacket.
the Faenol after the three-hour concert, music lover
Brian Williams from Benllech, Anglesey, said: "That
was the best show ever in North Wales with-out any
shadow of a doubt."
music fan, Angela Woodley from St Asaph, said:
has such a comman d i n g stage presence on his
own but add Carreras and that wonderful young girl
and you have the ingredients for a magical evening.
But this evening surpassed all of ou r expectations."
told the Daily Post that Saturday evening's opening
concert had brought the glamour and glitz of London's
West End to North Wales.
said: "It was a magical evening. To hear the sound
of Don't Cry For Me Argentina float out across the
Faenol gave me goosebumps.
have tried to get Elaine Paige to appear at the
Faenol from the very first day and now everyone
night's final concert, Tân y Ddraig, was expected
to draw an audience of about 6,500, similar to Saturday
added: "Tân y Ddraig is always a very special night
for me and gives me a chance to let my hair down
and perform with some of my childhood heroes and
true legends of Welsh music."
patron of the Ty Gobaith yng Nghymru Appeal Br yn
invited fundraisers to hold a collection during
night Ty Gobaith appeals manager, Sarah Kearsey
Wooller said collections at the concerts raised
thousands of pounds.
added: "We were over-whelmed by the kindness of
everyone who attended over the weekend and would
like to thank them all.
are grateful to Bryn, Harlequin Production and IMG
for the opportunity to come along."
were some problems as the massive crowd dispersed
on Sunday evening with some unable to leave the
car parks for up to two hours after the concert
ended at 11pm.
Brown from Barry, south Wales, said: "We appeared
to have been parked the wrong way. I was parked
near the entrance of the car park nearest the lake
and after moving five yards in two hours was told
to reverse and make my way ou t through another
were n o stewards around and no information at all.
It spoilt an otherwise magnificent evening."
spokesman for the organisers said problems associated
with the massive operation were slowly being ironed
take over the Faenol as a green field site each
year and it has been a steep learning curve but
bit by bit we are getting it right," he said.
said most vehicles left the car parks within an
to Steve MacDonald who located this item on IcWales