Blog posts by year and month October 2009

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  1. 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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  2. 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 p...

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  3. The first time I saw Cate Le Bon she was fronting school band Alcatraz at the National Eisteddfod in Llandeilo in 1996, the year the Super Furry Animals brought their tank onto the field. I was something to do with the dreaded Battle of the Bands competition, or maybe recording something from there. The details get fuzzy!

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  4. 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, performing there for the second time.

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  5. 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 Lo...

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  6. I'm increasingly of the opinion that we're very much in the midst of an unprecedented, restrictive, musical conservatism - at least with regards to the bands that receive support in the mainstream media and achieve commercial success.

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  7. I recently attended a one day first aid course at the BBC - My first in about 15 years and things have definitely changed. I personally found it really useful and am now a lot more confident about handling a situation such as resuscitation, god forbid it ever occurs. As a surfer, this techni...

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  8. "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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  9. My philosophy regarding reactions and criticisms of music that is submitted to my radio show is a simple one: I am absolutely - some would say brutally - honest to those kind enough to send me their difficultly-wrought music. To fob these people off with platitudes or a standard rejection slip w...

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  10. Yet another whale has been washed up dead on a Welsh beach this year. On the plus side we've also had sightings of killer and fin whales off the Pembrokeshire coast as well various pods and super pods of both common and risso's dolphins. At the start of September a dead minke whale washed up at the Knap in Barry. This time however it's a northern bottle nose whale at Talacre in Flintshire, a beach better known for it's population of rare natterjack toads than whales. Another northern bottle nose whale was washed up in Bournemouth a few weeks ago... More on this story from BBC Local Gull Northern bottlenose whale images on www.arkive.org

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