Arts

Tributes to harp legend Osian Ellis

Tributes have been paid to a globally-renowned harpist who has died at the age of 92, Dr Osian Ellis CBE, who started playing again as he approached his 90th, collaborated with leading British composer Benjamin Britten and performed at the world’s finest concert venues. In 2018 he was honoured at the Wales International Harp Festival […]

Kind bakers help boys’ choir rise to Covid-19 challenge

A pioneering choir that hit the high notes when it wowed the Britain’s Got Talent judges has been given a boost by a bakery firm as it struggles for funding during the coronavirus pandemic. Only Boys Aloud, which has choirs in Wrexham, Rhyl, Caernarfon and Holyhead with a total of 80 members, has received a […]

Switch to online classes enables top harpist to teach protégé 7,500 miles away in Patagonia

A switch to online classes because of the covid crisis has enabled an acclaimed music centre in North Wales to provide lessons around the world. Among the tutors at Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias (William Mathias Music Centre), which has bases in Caernarfon, Denbigh and Ruthin, is internationally renowned harpist Elinor Bennett who is now teaching […]

Singing sheep farmer goes viral with catchy trailer tune

A singing sheep farmer whose quirky songs have earned him a legion of online fans is going viral with a new hit about his favourite trailer. Internet sensation John Hughes has received 11,000 views of his latest music video in which he croons about the wonders of Europe’s top trailer maker – Ifor Williams Trailers […]

Royal composer sets pandemic challenge

A royal composer has challenged people to try and go 24 hours without enjoying any of the arts – from music to computer games and Netflix. According to Prof Paul Mealor, who was born in St Asaph and raised in Connah’s Quay, the fact that most people would find it virtually impossible to live without […]

Recycled doves take flight to spread message of hope at care home

A spectacular art installation featuring hundreds of doves made from plastic milk bottles is sending out a message of hope from a care home. They have been crafted by the art class members at the Pendine Park care organisation in Wrexham who also wanted to highlight the importance of recycling. The delightful arc of doves […]

Wood you believe it? Giant gorilla takes pride of place in care home garden

Talented chainsaw sculptor Paul Morris has carved a new latest masterpiece – a five foot tall gorilla. The giant ape has taken pride of place among a magnificent menagerie of wooden wild creatures at the Pendine Park care organisation in Wrexham where Paul works as part of the gardening and maintenance team. The leafy 11-acre grounds […]

Talented young artists brighten the lives of care home residents

The work of a group of talented young artists will help brighten the lives of care home residents. The Wrexham-based Pendine Park care organisation staged an art competition for children related to residents, their families or staff – and the results were stunning. So much so, that artist-in-residence Sarah Edwards is putting on a virtual […]