Arts

Talented schoolgirl artist brings her author mum’s characters to life

A supremely talented young artist has illustrated a children’s fantasy novel written by her mother which is on the shelves of the UK’s biggest bookshop, Waterstone’s. When author and former schoolteacher Hayley Davenport-Smith was looking for someone to provide the artwork for her first book she could think of nobody better than her 12-year-old daughter […]

Hard-hitting crime drama gives youngsters a taste of justice

A Gwynedd teenager groomed by a vicious county lines gang to become a drugs supplier has been sentenced to 18 months in youth custody. The magistrates’ court heard that the youngster called Connor was snared by the gang after he started taking drugs himself and fell into debt. After being threatened by the gang, he […]

Dynamic duo aged 92 on song with renowned harpist Elfair

Two life-long friends aged 92 burst into song when a renowned harpist performed at the day centre they attend. Morfydd Bartlett and Gwen Pritchard have been close mates ever since they met at the age of five at the primary school in Carmel, near Caernarfon, more than eight decades ago and even lived next door […]

TV chief Llion sees the big picture at mini-John Lewis

An ambitious TV company that’s making history by becoming a mini-John Lewis has appointed a broadcasting big hitter to help them chart a course for future growth. Award-winning Llion Iwan, 49, head of content distribution at S4C, will be joining Caernarfon-based Cwmni Da that’s being handed over to the staff. As director of content, Mr […]

International choral festival puts Cardiff on musical map

Choirs and judges from as far afield as India and New Zealand will be heading to Cardiff to compete at an international competition where the judges will include a royal composer. This is the second year of the International Choral Festival which will be held at Hoddinott Hall and the Millennium Centre over the Easter […]

Stellar line up promises to delight audiences at Wales Harp Festival

A stellar line-up including former royal harpist Catrin Finch will be delighting audiences at this year’s Wales Harp Festival. The popular event at Galeri in Caernarfon on April 17 and 18 will also commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles which helped bring an end to the First World War. […]

Former royal harpist keeps promise to festival after recovering from cancer

A world renowned harpist who was forced to pull out of a major festival last year, because she was battling breast cancer, is keeping her promise to perform at this year’s event instead. Former Royal Harpist, Catrin Finch will have a starring role at the Wales Harp Festival at Galeri in Caernarfon on April 17 and 18. After […]

Top harpist swaps Albert Hall for Caernarfon care home

One of the UK’s most talented young harpists swapped the Albert Hall for a care home in Caernarfon. Elfair Grug, 29, who has performed at the prestigious venue in London, gave residents at Pendine Park’s Bryn Seiont Newydd a virtuoso performance. The concert came about as the result of a partnership between the Pendine Park […]

Youngsters make memories with care home residents

Artistic schoolchildren worked with care home residents to make sure their memories aren’t forgotten. Pupils from Ysgol Bodhyfryd have spent time chatting with residents of Pendine Park’s Hillbury House Care Home in Wrexham to find about what they liked and enjoyed doing when they were younger. The youngsters then researched their findings and found appropriate […]