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  1. Flying high for the Olympics

    Monday 26 October 2009, 16:42

    Congratulations to Marc Rees who's won a £230,000 commission as one of the artists Taking the Lead in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics.

    He's one of 12 artists throughout the UK to be awarded one of these prestigious commissions which form part of the Cultural Olympiad. That's a term that's been...

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  2. Topping the charts: Only Men Aloud

    Friday 23 October 2009, 13:05

    I was thrilled to discover that Only Men Aloud - now universally referred to as the UK's favourite choir - had stormed to the top of the Classical Album chart with their second CD, Band of Brothers.

    The boys, led by Musical Director Tim Rhys Evans, are working hard on the old publicity rounds. It's a...

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  3. Happy Birthday from Cape Town

    Friday 23 October 2009, 12:45

    The Cape Town Opera began their short UK tour with three performances at Wales Millennium Centre of Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess.

    The production, which sets the piece in a derelict building in Johannesburg, was full of life and colour and transferring the action from the United States to South Africa...

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  4. Thin Partitions - artist Ken Elias

    Thursday 22 October 2009, 12:48

    I'm looking forward this week to talking on Thursday's Radio Wales Arts Show to art historian Ceri Thomas about the work of the Glynneath artist Ken Elias.

    As well as being a practising artist Ceri is an expert on the subject of Wales' visual culture since 1945 and the book he's edited on Elias' art is...

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  5. Sights and sounds in Swansea

    Wednesday 14 October 2009, 11:02

    I'm packing a range of artistic experiences into a trip to Swansea this week. There's a concert at the Brangwyn Hall which is part of this year's Swansea Festival - BBC National Orchestra of Wales with a programme of Beethoven's Emperor Piano concerto and the Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz.

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  6. Gwilym Prichard at the Martin Tinney Gallery

    Tuesday 13 October 2009, 17:49

    I went to drool over some paintings I can't afford last week. It's an exhibition of recent work by Gwilym Prichard at Martin Tinney's gallery in Cardiff.

    Displayed over two floors are about 70 landscapes in oil that capture either Gwilym's native north Wales or the south west where he and his painter...

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  7. Bryn Terfel and Valery Gergiev

    Tuesday 13 October 2009, 17:13

    The fifth birthday celebration season at Wales Millennium Centre started with a concert that brought together two classical music giants for the very first time in the UK.

    Bryn Terfel is a passionate supporter of WMC and very at home on its main stage. He was joined by the Russian conductor Valery Gergiev...

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  8. In London with Music Theatre Wales

    Tuesday 13 October 2009, 16:38

    Last week I went to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. How grand! No, I wasn't in the huge red plush and gilt auditorium where tickets cost hundreds of pounds. I was in the smaller Linbury Studio Theatre where Music Theatre Wales were premièring their latest commissioned work, Letters of a Love Betrayed...

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  9. Iris film festival

    Monday 12 October 2009, 16:28

    "You don't have to be a friend of Dorothy to be a friend of Iris." That's what it says in the programme brochure for the third Iris film festival, held in two Cardiff cinemas between 7 and 10 October.

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  10. Judith Isherwood leaves the WMC

    Thursday 24 September 2009, 15:50

    So Judith Isherwood, chief executive of Wales Millennium Centre is heading back to her native Australia. Frankly, I'm gutted.

    In the seven years since she's been here, Judith has achieved what she set out to do. She steered a large arts ship - a first of its kind in Wales - through the choppy waters of...

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  11. Andrew Logan at the Museum of Sculpture

    Thursday 24 September 2009, 15:41

    August Bank Holiday weekend and the Mid Wales village of Berriew's annual show is not where you'd necessarily expect to find an artist.

    There was plenty to entertain visitors - the usual agricultural and livestock competitions, displays by birds of prey and plenty of fun for the children - but I'd gone...

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