Arts

They’re dancing in the aisles at dementia-friendly screenings

A dementia-friendly screening of hit film The Greatest Showman was made extra special when Welsh National Opera singers enticed the cinema audience to its feet and a local school choir delivered stunning renditions of the movie’s biggest numbers. “It was fantastic, I had the best time ever,” declared lifelong film and music fan Lorraine Williams […]

Rising star Rhodri makes his debut at international festival

One of the most talented young tenors in the UK will have a starring role at a concert to launch a top music festival. Welsh National Opera singer Rhodri Prys Jones will be performing at St Asaph Cathedral on Tuesday, June 25, at the curtain raiser for the acclaimed North Wales International Music Festival. The […]

Ukelele band bring joy at care home and raise money for charity

A band of Anglesey ukulele players strummed their way into a Caernarfon care home to entertain residents – and to raise money for charity in the process. And as a result a new ukulele group is planned which will have its base at Bryn Seiont Newydd, Pendine Park Care Organisation’s centre of excellence for dementia […]

Starring role for young piano virtuoso Ellis at music festival

A supremely gifted teenager from Llandudno who’s aiming to become a top concert pianist is to be one of the stars at a music festival later this month (May). It will be the third year in a row that 18-year-old Ysgol John Bright pupil Ellis Thomas has appeared at Beaumaris Music Festival and follows his […]

Nan, 95, joins Strictly-inspired classes with young dancers

A 95-year-old woman is among the twinkle-toed care home residents showing the younger generation how to tango their way to health thanks to a revolutionary exercise project. The Strictly Come Dancing enthusiasts are partnering with eight and nine-year-olds at Chirk Court Care Home, in Chirk, in a project designed to promote intergenerational friendships and improve […]

Arts-loving boss makes operatic overtures to business leaders

A leading care home owner is spearheading a major new campaign to rid opera of its elitist image and reach out to communities in Wrexham and Flintshire. Pendine Park proprietor Mario Kreft MBE, from Wrexham, has signed up to be Welsh National Opera’s (WNO) first Community Champion – and he’s aiming to persuade other business […]

Dream comes true for young cellist Elin

A dream came true for a talented young cellist from Anglesey when she had the opportunity to perform with world renowned harpist Catrin Finch. Elin Taylor, 22, duetted with the former royal harpist during a concert for residents, relatives and staff at Pendine Park’s Bryn Seiont Newydd care home in Caernarfon thanks to a project […]

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 […]