Arts

Online music heroes in running for top tech award

Music teachers who totally revamped their service and went online to keep music lessons alive during the pandemic have been shortlisted for a top gong. The North Wales Music Cooperative, which comprises sister organisations in Denbighshire and Wrexham, have been nominated in the technology category, ‘tech for good’, of the prestigious Social Business Wales Awards. […]

World premiere of new work by acclaimed composer will celebrate outspoken poet

The world premiere of a lasting tribute to the outspoken Welsh poet Harri Webb will take place at a top music festival. The new piece written by acclaimed composer Brian Hughes, who lives in Gresford, near Wrexham, will be performed at the North Wales International Music Festival in St Asaph on Sunday, October 3. According […]

Poignant song written with care home residents conjures memories of Tom’s beloved gran Betty

An Anglesey musician has spoken movingly how writing a song with nursing home residents conjured memories of his beloved late grandmother after being kept apart by the Covid-19 pandemic According to Tom Owen, the experience was all the more poignant because Coronavirus restrictions meant he was unable to see his 97-year-old gran, Elizabeth Owen, in […]

Choir’s moving musical tribute to victims of 80s AIDS epidemic

A gay mens’ choir member has spoken movingly of the darkest times of his life when he lost beloved close friends and neighbours to the AIDS virus crisis of the 1980s. Cardiff singer Nigel Lewis, 63, who grew up in Bridgend, vividly recalled the heartbreak of seeing men in the prime of their lives physically […]

Opera superstar Sir Bryn sings praises of top festival for reaching “momentous milestone”

Opera superstar Sir Bryn Terfel has sent his “heartfelt congratulations” to an international music festival that’s celebrating reaching its 50th year. His talented wife Hannah Stone, a former royal harpist, also sent her best wishes to the North Wales International Music Festival that’s returning with a hybrid event after being held solely online last year […]

Talented quintet score musical success

Five children who go to the same school are celebrating musical success despite the challenges of learning in lockdown. The talented youngsters are all pupils of Ysgol Bro Cinmeirch in Llanrhaeadr, near Denbigh, and have been taught by tutors from the Denbighshire Music Cooperative. The quintet been triumphant in their latest musical exams even though […]

Music-loving Izzy, 15, sings praises of summer school

A blind teenage singer spoke movingly about her love of music when she attended an adventure-filled free summer school. Isabelle Harrison, 15, from Llandegla, was among the hundreds of youngsters who took part in the School’s Out! courses organised by the North Wales Music Cooperative It proved such a massive hit that the cooperative’s website crashed […]

Moving tributes to artist Kevin who inspired stunning mural

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to the “inspiration” behind a stunning new mural at a  housing estate who sadly died before it was unveiled. The family of local artist Kevin Stonehouse were guests of honour at a special ceremony at the Tre Cwm estate in Llandudno. The brightly-coloured mural is the result of a successful multi-agency […]

There were tears of joy as daughter heard her father sing Calon Lȃn

A musician in residence at a care organisation has been hailed as a “Covid heroine” for keeping the residents singing throughout the pandemic. Nia Davies Williams, 49, has been conducting daily singing sessions to raise the spirits at Pendine Park’s Bryn Seiont Newydd care home in Caernarfon. According to Nia, it was only because she […]

TV staff in seventh heaven after being shortlisted for record haul of awards

Staff who took over a TV company where they work are in seventh heaven after being shortlisted for a record haul of prestigious awards. Caernarfon-based Cwmni Da is in the running for an “incredible” total of seven awards at the Celtic Film and Television Festival – more than any other television company in the history […]