Arts

Care home kazoo choir prepares for debut in aid of Poppy Appeal

Musical residents at a care home who set up a choir of kazoos are planning to make their public debut at a charity concert to raise money for the Poppy Appeal. The Singing for Fitness programme at Pendine Park in Wrexham has been a big hit and were originally organised to help residents’ breathing and […]

School project pays respects to the fallen of the Great War

Pupils from seven Denbighshire schools dressed-up as Tommies and made colourful forget-me-nots as part of a project commemorating the First World War. The project was organised by the North Wales International Music Festival who chose Reflections as the theme for this year’s event to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. The festival is held […]

Hollywood actor Jonathan Pryce swaps film set to sing with his favourite choir

Acting legend Jonathan Pryce whose latest movie is tipped for an Oscar swapped the film set for a starring role with the male voice choir he’s vice president of at an international festival in North Wales. Mr Pryce, who was born in the village of Carmel in Flintshire, brought the curtain down on this year’s […]

Art project helps cut through fog of dementia

A ground-breaking art project is helping to cut through the fog of dementia at a care home in Caernarfon. Residents at Pendine Park’s Bryn Seiont Newydd care home on the outskirts of the town are taking part in Age Cymru’s flagship cARTrefu programme. The aim of the scheme being funded by the Arts Council of […]

Plea to halt rise of anti-semitism by top cellist whose mother survived Auschwitz

A world renowned cellist whose mother is one of the last known survivors of the women’s orchestra at a Nazi concentration camp is heading for St Asaph. London-born Raphael Wallfisch will be one of the stars at the prestigious North Wales International Music Festival at the city’s cathedral for a concert on Saturday, September 29. […]

Spectacular display of forget-me-nots to remember the fallen of the Great War

A group of artistic care home residents have created a spectacular display of hundreds of forget-me-nots to remember the soldiers who perished in the First World War. The vibrant blue flowers will be used to decorate the pillars at St Asaph Cathedral during the North Wales International Music Festival which gets under way on Saturday […]

Heart-breaking story of poet’s son inspires world premiere at festival

A new work by a royal composer about the death of Rudyard Kipling’s son in the First World War will have its world premiere in North Wales. The poignant piece by Professor Paul Mealor, who was brought up in Connah’s Quay in Flintshire, will be performed in St Asaph Cathedral as part of the North […]

World renowned piano virtuoso heads for festival in St Asaph

A world renowned classical pianist who made his Royal Festival Hall debut aged just eight is set to perform at this year’s North Wales International Music Festival. Freddy Kempf will perform music by Chopin, Ravel and Rachmaninov with the programme reflecting on the centenary of the end of the Great War. Kempf will also treat […]

Innovative new app harnesses power of music to help people with dementia

An innovative new app is triggering musical memories for people with dementia to help them cope with the challenges of daily life. The program for mobile devices is being developed with the help of residents at the Pendine Park care organisation in Wrexham who specialise in providing dementia care. The Memory Tracks app is the […]

Musical premiere to honour the last native Prince of Wales, Owain Glyndŵr

A new work by one of Wales’ most revered composers which tells the story of the death of Owain Glyndŵr will be premiered at this year’s North Wales International Music Festival. Composer Brian Hughes, who lives in Gresford, near Wrexham, has written his haunting string orchestral piece, Death of the Skylark, based on a traditional […]