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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday 26 November 2013, 16:27
On Monday, we were straight back into the studio with Doctor Who's own personal orchestrator, Ben Foster.
Tuesday 19 November 2013, 12:33
We have now reached the penultimate instalment of our Americana series.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday 29 October 2013, 16:56
In just a few weeks' time, you will be able to watch us on BBC Four in Requiem.
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.
Friday 18 October 2013, 10:24
This week sees the second instalment of our Americana series, in which we are exploring lesser-known works by often neglected composers from the United States.
Wednesday 9 October 2013, 13:19
It feels like the entire brass playing population of Britain and further afield has descended upon Cardiff.
Tuesday 8 October 2013, 15:19
Anyone who has been within earshot of me during the last week will know that I have been having a bit of a rough time. I've not necessarily borne my sufferings in silence.
Friday 4 October 2013, 17:32
We have now performed quite a bit of Shostakovich with our principal conductor, Thomas Sondergard, and it has been great to learn this symphony with him over this week.
Friday 27 September 2013, 16:38
This weekend sees the BBC National Orchestra of Wales make its first 2013/14 season journey north, for concerts at St Asaph Cathedral, and also in Newtown.
Thursday 26 September 2013, 10:40
December will wear around fast enough, making this an apt time to remind aspiring composers that the Composition: Wales deadline will soon be here.
Monday 23 September 2013, 17:34
This year I was privileged to hear the American Escher Quartet's recital at the Gregynog Festival.
Monday 16 September 2013, 17:27
This season, between September to December, we will be embarking upon a new study entitled Americana.
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