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 […]

Food lovers have a ball

The delicacies on offer at a top food festival included sheep’s’ testicles and a host of creepy crawlies. One of the most popular sessions at the Llangollen Food Festival was a cookery demonstration by chef Jack Hatley who cooked up a storm making the lamb fries and dishes using insects such as grasshoppers and meal worms. […]

TV boss creates mini-John Lewis and hands company over to staff

The head of one of Wales’ most successful independent TV companies is creating a “mini-John Lewis” and handing it all over to the staff. Dylan Huws, managing director of Caernarfon-based production company Cwmni Da, is turning the £5 million a year firm into an Employee Owned Trust. The move is believed to be a first […]

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 […]

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. […]

Chef to the stars will champion local produce at world famous food festival

A former royal chef and another who worked at the iconic Sydney Opera House are joining forces to champion local produce at a food festival. Graham Tinsley MBE, who has tickled the taste buds of world leaders, the Queen and Prince Charles on numerous occasions, will be showcasing local talent as well as the best of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top soprano Elin swaps royal wedding for St Asaph Cathedral

A top soprano who wowed a global television audience of two billion people with a stunning performance at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is heading for North Wales. Elin Manahan Thomas will have a starring role at the North Wales International Music Festival at St Asaph Cathedral in a concert on Friday, […]

Two musical superstars join forces at festival

Jazz superstar Jacqui Dankworth and renowned classical guitarist Craig Ogden will be joining forces to wow the audience at a top musical festival. They will be performing together at the North Wales International Music Festival in St Asaph Cathedral on the evening of Thursday, September 27. Their repertoire will include songs by everyone from Paul […]