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Laura Sinnerton Laura Sinnerton Go behind the scenes with the viola player of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Blog posts in total 175

  1. Flying insects, clothes pegs and frozen fingers

    Thursday 4 September 2014, 10:35

    With the summer nights fading fast, the Proms season is coming to its close for 2014. This year, we are returning to lovely Singleton Park in Swansea for Proms in the Park and I am really excited that we will be joined by Welsh bass-baritone legend Bryn Terfel. I think he is one of the real greats of...

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  2. Time for a new hairdo

    Thursday 21 August 2014, 08:09

    BBC NOW's Laura Sinnerton explains the process of visiting a luthier and getting her viola rehaired. 

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  3. Is this the most exhausting work a violist can play?

    Monday 11 August 2014, 10:20

    BBC NOW's Laura Sinnerton explains what it's like for the viola section of the orhestra to play Carl Nielsen's Fifth Symphony.

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  4. William Mathias: A long overdue premiere

    Tuesday 5 August 2014, 13:21

    Laura Sinnerton looks ahead to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales' debut performance of Mathias’ Violin Concerto at the BBC Proms.

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  5. BBC NOW at the Proms

    Wednesday 23 July 2014, 12:27

    It's difficult to believe that a whole year has passed and that the BBC Proms season is upon us once more. I'm very excited for this year's festival as we have four really fabulous programmes to perform. I have my favourite concert dresses in the dry cleaners getting nicely freshened up, and have been...

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  6. Kicking off the summer festival season

    Wednesday 9 July 2014, 15:29

    I think it says a great deal about the commitment of the British people that we have such a wonderful variety of arts festivals happening around the country, even in challenging financial times.

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  7. Welsh Singers Final, and a trip to Aberystwyth

    Monday 23 June 2014, 13:59

    With the Cardiff and Swansea seasons brought to successful closes, you might think there would be a bit of a let up at BBC National Orchestra of Wales HQ prior to the onslaught of the Proms.

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  8. Swansea season finale

    Thursday 19 June 2014, 08:59

    It is hard to believe that our sojourn in the Grand Theatre, Swansea is drawing to a close. With only one concert left in the venue, on Friday evening, the 2014/2015 season will see us resume our regular residency at the Brangwyn Hall.

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  9. Recording the new Doctor Who soundtrack

    Thursday 12 June 2014, 13:47

    The Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi pops by as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales record the soundtrack to the new series.

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  10. Performing the works of a Bletchley Park codebreaker

    Friday 6 June 2014, 14:06

    Laura Sinnerton on performing work with the BBC NOW from the past 60 years of Welsh compostion, with works by Alun Hoddinott, William Mathias, Grace Williams and Daniel Jones.

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  11. BBC NOW at St Davids Festival

    Thursday 29 May 2014, 08:26

    On Thursday the Orchestra will be on the road again, this time to perform at the St Davids Cathedral Festival in Pembrokeshire.

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  12. Our concerts at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival

    Wednesday 21 May 2014, 13:41

    It is a beautiful Sunday morning in Cardiff Bay, and I am drinking my first (OK, third) coffee of the morning and reflecting on this year's Vale of Glamorgan Festival.

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  13. Beethoven and The King's Speech

    Thursday 8 May 2014, 15:36

    Composed between 1811 and 1812, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony received its premiere in 1813 at a benefit concert in Vienna for injured soldiers.

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  14. In memorium Dylan Thomas

    Friday 2 May 2014, 14:40

    Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few months, you can't have failed to notice that there's a lot going on at the BBC and around Wales regarding Dylan Thomas. 2014 marks the centenary of Thomas' birth, and the year that I have finally got around to discovering his work.

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  15. Setting off The Alarm with Mike Peters

    Friday 25 April 2014, 14:59

    you can imagine my delight when, as part of BBC Radio Wales Day 2014, theorchestra was afforded the opportunity to be involved in an evening with Mike Peters of The Alarm

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  16. Recording Sibelius with Thomas Søndergård

    Thursday 3 April 2014, 14:42

    Laura Sinnerton describes the process of spending three days recording Sibelius’ Symphonies 2 and 7 with Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård.

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  17. Six Nations rugby, Bartók and the common cold

    Monday 24 March 2014, 10:57

    Something that is always discussed with much enthusiasm in the orchestra is rugby. With so many different backgrounds represented in our ranks, there is a lot of friendly banter and cajoling especially around tournaments like the Six Nations.

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  18. Spring has sprung

    Tuesday 11 March 2014, 12:20

    March is upon us, and, while I am loath to even whisper the words for fear of a change, it would appear that spring has sprung. I’ve taken the plunge and removed the winter lining from my parka and have even ventured out to rehearsal sans socks.

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  19. North Wales tour 2014: part two

    Monday 24 February 2014, 12:05

    The BBC National Orchestra of Wales recently performed in Aberystwyth, Bangor, Wrexham and Llandudno as part of their tour to mid and north Wales. Here, Laura Sinnerton continues her tour diary - exploring what life is like on the road with the orchestra.

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  20. North Wales tour 2014: part one

    Friday 21 February 2014, 17:09

    Last week, BBC National Orchestra of Wales performed in Aberystwyth, Bangor, Wrexham and Llandudno as part of their tour to mid and north Wales. Laura Sinnerton kept a diary of the tour – exploring what life is like on the road with the orchestra.

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