Arts

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 […]

Top tenor Rhys and TikTok drag star Ellis launch search for singers for hit TV show

A classically trained tenor has teamed up with a  TikTok drag star to launch a search for budding singers from across Wales to perform with their musical idols. Rhys Meirion, who hails from Porthmadog and now lives in Pwllglas, near Ruthin, and student Ellis Lloyd Jones, 23, from Treorchy in the Rhondda, are looking for […]

Excited youngsters get into the rhythm of a  week of music and exercise at Wrexham school

Fifty excited youngsters have been rocking to the beat of a special half-term holiday week of music and outdoor fun at a Wrexham school. The packed four-day programme at St Mary’s School, Brymbo, under the banner of School’s Out, included everything from frantic samba drumming to all-action games out in the playground. It was arranged […]

Young singing stars come out to shine for Steffan – and the Urdd

A digital concert starring a group of “sensational young singers” from Denbighshire will launch this year’s virtual Urdd Eisteddfod. The spectacular showcase has been put together by serial festival winner Steffan Hughes, a multi-talented musician, singer and choir master, who hails from Llangwyfan in the Vale of Clwyd. The Urdd National Eisteddfod had been due […]

Getting creative with cash seized from criminals

A community group in Colwyn Bay which works with vulnerable people to explore their creative talents has received a welcome boost thanks to cash seized from criminals. The Kind Bay Initiative has been providing food, clothes and entertainment as well as advice and support for those struggling with isolation and mental health issues and in […]

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 […]