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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 178

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Mahler's Ninth Symphony

    Friday 7 February 2014, 13:48

    Tonight, in the lovely acoustic of St David's Hall, we perform Gustav Mahler's Ninth Symphony with our principal conductor, Thomas Søndergård. I love playing and listening to Mahler's music, and this is my first Mahler Nine.

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  5. To borrow or not to borrow

    Tuesday 4 February 2014, 13:45

    Recently we’ve been in a busy patch of dual purpose sessions – working with the Nimbus label for commercial release, but you will also be able to hear the works that we record on BBC Radio 3.

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  6. And now for some more recording

    Thursday 30 January 2014, 12:48

    I can’t believe we are at the end of January already. It truly is that horrible, dark part of the year when all you want to do is consume vast quantities of comfort food and cuddle a hot water bottle - as opposed to get up sharply, warm up nicely, rehearse, go home, eat dinner and practice x 100.

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  7. Danish music at Hoddinott Hall

    Tuesday 28 January 2014, 09:49

    It was so nice to be back on the concert stage on Friday night and to see such a wonderful crowd filling out St David’s Hall. It is a deceptively large auditorium - you don’t appreciate how large it is until you see it with a full house.

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  8. Happy birthday Hoddinott Hall

    Monday 20 January 2014, 16:49

    Tomorrow, Tuesday 21 January, we celebrate the fifth anniversary of our move to BBC Hoddinott Hall in the iconic Wales Millennium Centre. It was back in January 2009 that we welcomed the public into our new home and at the time, the Guardian described the hall as a much-needed home for the orchestra...

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  9. Happy New Year!

    Tuesday 14 January 2014, 09:42

    Happy New Year, dear reader, I hope you had a very restful festive break.

    This year, my Christmas break was slightly more restful than usual. When I go home to Ireland, I normally take my viola with me, and, like a very good girl, do a little bit of ‘maintenance’ practice.

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  10. Jun Märkl returns to BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Thursday 19 December 2013, 12:02

    This Friday afternoon we will give our last afternoon concert from BBC Hoddinott Hall for 2013. For those of you who followed the 2013 Cardiff Singer of the World competition, our conductor on this occasion will be a familiar name – Jun Märkl.

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  11. Christmas concerts!

    Monday 16 December 2013, 16:59

    Those who have followed this blog for some time will know that I love Christmas. Not only do I have a Christmas jumper (it has Rudolph on it), but I also have a Christmas themed thermal top - which is much cooler than it sounds.

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  12. The recording marathon continues...

    Monday 16 December 2013, 14:46

    As I mentioned last week, we here at BBC NOW HQ are in the midst of a recording session marathon. Last week was the glitzy TV stuff (more Atlantis, and the Doctor Who Christmas special), and this week we have been recording for both Radio 3, and also for commercial release.

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  13. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales Recording Marathon

    Monday 9 December 2013, 14:50

    This week saw the beginning of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Recording Marathon. That's not actually an official thing, I made it up. It should be a real thing.

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  14. Is it Christmas yet?

    Tuesday 26 November 2013, 16:27

    On Monday, we were straight back into the studio with Doctor Who's own personal orchestrator, Ben Foster.

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  15. And now for some string music

    Tuesday 19 November 2013, 12:33

    We have now reached the penultimate instalment of our Americana series.

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  16. BBC NOW in concert with Tasmin Little

    Friday 15 November 2013, 17:03

    Tonight sees us back in St David's Hall where we will be joined by violinist Tasmin Little in a performance of Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No 2.

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  17. Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony

    Friday 8 November 2013, 14:10

    Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony was the first full symphonic work I ever played. A baptism by fire, undoubtedly, but what a way to start! It is still one of my favourite works today, both to listen to and play.

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  18. Our mid and north Wales tour approaches

    Thursday 7 November 2013, 15:23

    As the evenings draw in and autumn gradually gives way to winter, preparation for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales' mid and north Wales tour is well underway.

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  19. Requiems

    Tuesday 29 October 2013, 16:56

    In just a few weeks' time, you will be able to watch us on BBC Four in Requiem.

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  20. The new Swansea season

    Tuesday 29 October 2013, 10:06

    The BBC National Orchestra of Wales' 2013/2014 Cardiff season is now well underway. We have enjoyed a wide variety of music, from film favourites to a blistering Shostakovich with principal conductor Thomas Søndergård, from mad brass music to an eye-watering amount of recorded music.

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