THE winner of a coveted competition at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is looking forward to her opportunity of performing in Australia.

Jodi Bird, 21, wowed audiences and adjudicators with her performances on the stage of the Royal International Pavilion in the final on the Voice of Musical Theatre competition.

The winner receives an international medal, £1,500 prize money and the opportunity to perform at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod in Australia in October.

The all-expenses paid trip is funded by the Gold Coast Eisteddfod.

Jodi fought off tough competition in the preliminary rounds of the competition, which took place in Llangollen Methodist Church, to land a place in the final.

Adjudicator Sarah Wigley said: “Jodi provided an absolutely captivating and enthralling performance which showcased their ability to communicate with the audience, their passion for being on stage as well as female national vocal ability and range.”

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A delighted Jodi,from Penarth, Cardiff, said: “I’m honoured to receive this prestigious award and couldn’t be happier to have won.

“Performing on the International Pavilion stage has been an overwhelming experience and I’m really excited to represent Wales at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod.”

The Gold Coast Eisteddfod features over 70,000 singers and dancers, 330 bands and orchestras, 175 choirs, almost 1,500 dance groups and over 3,000 solo dancers.

Judith Ferber, the Gold Coast Eisteddfod general manager, said: “We’re proud and privileged to help celebrate the very best international musical talent with Llangollen festival.

“Huge congratulations to Jodi on her fantastic performance at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod. We can’t wait to welcome her and look forward to their performance in the Musicale.”

Music director of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Edward-Rhys Harry, said: “Jodi Bird gave a beautiful and strong performance for the audience and adjudicators during this year’s competition. We would like to congratulate her on being named the International Voice of Musical Theatre 2019. Achieving this huge accolade and having the opportunity to perform at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod enables, inspires and launches exciting, international musical careers.”