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Bryn Terfel's Faenol Festival in anniversary return

28 April 10 06:58 GMT

Opera star Bryn Terfel's annual music festival is to stage a comeback this year, its organisers have confirmed.

The Faenol Festival, first held in 2000, was cancelled last year after running into financial trouble in 2008.

Organisers said the festival, at the Faenol estate near Caernarfon, Gwynedd, would celebrate its 10th anniversary this year between 27-30 August.

The Faenol Festival Trust said the event would have "a new structure, looking forward to the future".

The full line-up of performers and details of how to purchase tickets will be announced in the coming weeks, the trust added.

In a statement the festival's organisers confirmed they had finalised a "long term agreement" with promoter Universal Music Classical Management & Productions.(UMCMP).

The festival was being supported by the Welsh Assembly Government and Gwynedd council, they said.

'Best ever'

"The promoters have been working hard to secure an exciting line-up which will both celebrate the best of the last 10 years and add some exciting new elements to the Festival," said the statement.

Sir David Henshaw, chairman of the Faenol Festival Trust, said: "Bryn and the trust are thrilled that we have secured a long term deal for the future of the festival with Universal Music.

"We are confident that the 10th anniversary of Bryn's Faenol festival will be the best yet, and look forward to announcing the full details in the coming weeks."

Over the years, stars such as Dame Shirley Bassey, Westlife, Girls Aloud, Boyzone and Cerys Matthews have performed at the open-air festival which quickly established itself as one of the major events of the year on the north Wales calendar.

Last June the trust revealed that as a result of a "considerable financial loss" in 2008 the 2009 festival would be put on hold for a year.

The news was tempered with the announcement of a new deal with promoters Universal Music and the bass baritone himself promised that the festival would return in 2010 with its "best ever line-up".

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