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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 183

  1. Something for all the family

    Wednesday 15 October 2014, 09:02

    Over the next few weeks, we will be involved in the UK-wide Family Arts Festival. This festival incorporates all areas of the arts - dance, music, theatre, craft, art, you name it, there is an event for it.

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  2. Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts

    Friday 10 October 2014, 10:09

    Prior to the opening of our Swansea Season proper in December, we will be making two trips to the newly-refurbished Brangwyn Hall as part of the Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts this October.

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  3. Ten Pieces: Engaging children with classical music

    Thursday 9 October 2014, 13:33

    At BBC NOW HQ, it feels like we have been talking about the BBC Ten Pieces project for a very long time. Somehow, I can't believe we've actually got round to the cinema launch date!

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  4. Brahms in Bristol

    Tuesday 7 October 2014, 14:49

    Regular readers of this blog will know that Brahms holds a very firm place in my Holy Square of composers (Bach, Brahms, Beethoven and Britten, just in case you haven’t picked up on my fundamentalism yet). So, imagine my face when I realised that we would be part of BBC Radio 3's celebration and exploration...

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  5. Strauss: Four Last Songs

    Thursday 2 October 2014, 10:21

    Laura Sinnerton explains her love of Strauss' Four Last Songs as a preview the BBC NOW's new season which starts on Friday 3 October in Cardiff's St David's Hall.

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  6. New season, new faces: Welcoming B Tommy Andersson

    Tuesday 30 September 2014, 11:17

    A new season is a time for new beginnings. At our season opener in St David's Hall on Friday, where we will continue our role as Orchestra in Residence, we are delighted to introduce to both our loyal Cardiff audience, and the wider BBC Radio 3 audience, our new Composer-in-Association, B Tommy Andersson...

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  7. On The Road for the autumn

    Thursday 25 September 2014, 13:44

    Without a doubt, autumn is my favourite season. Growing up on the cusp of the Glens of Antrim, this was always a truly idyllic time of the year as the leaves went through their seasonal metamorphosis and everywhere seemed to burn red, copper and gold.

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  8. Paul Wittgenstein: The man behind Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand

    Friday 19 September 2014, 10:49

    Laura Sinnerton details the incredible life of Paul Wittgenstein, the one-handed pianist who commissioned Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand.

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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