Arts

Steve brushes up his artistic skills – using his mouth

A former draughtsman who can’t use his hands because of multiple sclerosis is achieving acclaim for his artwork after learning to paint with a brush in his mouth. Steve Neal, 67, discovered his artistic talent after moving to Pendine Park’s Penybryn care home where he’s been tutored by artist-in-residence Sarah Edwards. From producing landscape paintings […]

World premiere to celebrate music festival’s 50th year

A top music festival established by a royal composer will mark its 50th year with the world premiere of a new work to celebrate its illustrious history. The piece written by Jon Guy will be featured in one of two concerts in May which will be curtain raisers for the North Wales International Music Festival […]

New online gallery showcases work of artistic care home residents

Artistic care home residents have spoken of their pride at having their paintings featured in an online exhibition. The showcase at the Pendine Park care organisation features the work of their residents at their homes in Wrexham and Caernarfon and will open on April 15, the anniversary of the birth of Leonardo da Vinci  in1452 […]

It’s only rock ‘n’ roll but the kids really like it

Lessons were pumped up to full volume at a special school when they were treated to a series of rock classics by a group of talented music tutors. The live sessions beamed to Ysgol Tir Morfa in Rhyl were laid on by the Denbigh-based Denbighshire Music Co-operative to lift the pupils’ spirits a year after […]

Britain’s Got Talent choir aims to hit the high notes in Japan – virtually

A boys choir that wowed judges on hit TV show  Britain’s Got Talent is looking to have the same impact in Japan. Only Boys Aloud will be taking part in a televised concert in the Land of the Rising Sun with three Japanese youth choirs from the cities of Kitakyushu, Kumamoto and Oita that hosted […]

Festival goes virtual to pay homage to harp legend Osian Ellis

A top music festival that’s going virtual for the first time in its history will be paying homage to globally renowned harpist Osian Ellis who died earlier this year. The 2020 Wales Harp Festival had to be cancelled at the last minute following the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic but this year the organisers are […]

Wild goats help create stunning new gateway to Llandudno – no kidding!

WILD goats whose cheeky antics on Llandudno’s deserted streets during lockdown attracted global attention are being immortalised in a stunning new work of art. The boundary wall around the town’s Tre Cwm estate is to be given a colourful makeover, after planning permission was granted for an eye-catching new mural to be placed on it. […]

Five world premieres at top music festival

A top music festival will be going virtual for the first time this year when the audiences will be treated to a quintet of world premieres. While focusing mainly on contemporary music, the Bangor Music Festival has been a cultural highlight on the city’s calendar for more than 20 years and it is due to go ahead […]

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 […]