Arts

Care home residents mesmerised by stunning performance of top Russian harpist Valeria

One of the world’s greatest harpists took time out from an international festival to perform for residents of a care home in Caernarfon. Russian Valeria Voshchennikova  was one of the stars of the opening concert at  the Wales International Harp Festival in Caernarfon. Valeria is a soloist with the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra and is the […]

Remarkable paintings by artist with dementia to go on show

A fundraising exhibition will showcase the paintings of a Wrexham pensioner who rediscovered her artistic talent while living with dementia. Pat Rayfield did not take up watercolour painting until she was aged 85, after she was diagnosed with dementia. She went on to produce 150 artworks. Now following her death a year ago, aged 93, […]

Play about dementia is emotional experience for youngsters

Youngsters from a Flintshire primary school have given a thumbs-up to a heart-warming play about the impact of dementia seen through the eyes of a young boy. Pupils of Ysgol Gwenffrwd, Holywell, attended a performance of Ŵy, Chips A Nain (Egg, Chips and Grandma in Welsh) at Theatr Clwyd in Mold. The play tells the […]

Top harpist dedicates performance to Catrin Finch who’s battling cancer

One of the world’s top harpists has come to the rescue of an international festival after Catrin Finch was forced to pull out because she is battling breast cancer. According to Isabelle Moretti, she will dedicate her performance at the fourth Wales International Harp Festival in Caernarfon to the former royal harpist who recently announced […]

Award news is music to the ears of care home residents

A musical project with a choir who brought Christmas cheers to care home residents is in the running for a major award. The renowned Only Boys Aloud gave a dazzling performance at Bryn Seiont Newydd in Caernarfon during a session that turned into a real family affair for one of the talented teenage singers. Lewys […]

Youngsters stay on song thanks to cash snatched from criminals

A charity which aims to get teenage boys in North Wales singing instead of sinning has received a major boost – thanks to cash seized from local criminals. Only Boys Aloud, which runs four choirs across North Wales and has around 70 members based in some of the region’s most deprived areas at Wrexham, Rhyl, […]

Sponsor a String appeal will be prelude to success for talented harpists of the future

An acclaimed teaching centre is hoping to tug at the heart strings of music lovers by offering them the chance to support the studies of talented young harpists. Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias in Caernarfon, which is currently providing tuition for over 400 aspiring musicians, has launched its Sponsor a String appeal which aims to raise […]

Emotional concert to remember controversial drowning of village

A top harpist revealed the Welsh premiere of a new piece of music to remember the controversial drowning of a village will be a highly emotional occasion for her. Sioned Williams’ grandfather Huw T Edwards led the campaign against the submerging of Capel Celyn in the Tryweryn valley above Bala in 1965 to create a […]

Final Call for Pendine International Voice of the Future competition

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is seeking talented young soloists to enter before the March 2nd deadline so they can vie for the prestigious title A “sensational” soprano who won one of the main prizes at an international festival is urging young soloists from around the world to enter this year’s competition to launch their […]