Blog posts by year and month April 2011

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  1. A musician from Cardiff has gone against the grain of Royal Wedding fever by recording a song in opposition to the event. Singer-songwriter Gareth Bonello, who performs as The Gentle Good, wrote The 29th Of April for the recent Laugharne Festival where he was performing with Richard James, co...

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  2. A Welsh composer has been chosen by Prince William and Kate Middleton to provide some of the music to be heard during tomorrow's royal wedding at Westminster Abbey in London. The original work, Ubi caritas, written by 35-year-old composer Paul Mealor, was premièred last October at St Andrew's University. The request to use it at the wedding came as a total surprise to Mealor, who was born on Anglesey. "I was thrilled to hear that HRH Prince William of Wales had chosen my music for his wedding. How humbling it is for me to know that Prince William and Catherine will celebrate the beginning of their lives together with my music. The ceremony is going to be, without a doubt, the most emotionally intense and exhilarating hour of my life!" Mealor has had to keep his extraordinary news a secret, even from his family. Only when the choral work is actually performed at the service will it be revealed to the world. The performance will be by the Choir of Westminster Abbey and the Choir of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, conducted by James O'Donnell. The entire wedding ceremony, including Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est (Where charity and love are, God is there), will be recorded and made available digitally the same day, with physical copies going on sale from 4 May.

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  3. Well first of all thanks for all your comments on my previous blog post. It's good to know that a lot of people are passionate about nature and the weather, and also what's happening across the country. Last night, as expected, turned quite cold with some ground frost and even some air frost....

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  4. If you've ever wanted to write for Doctor Who and you're aged 9-11 years old, then the BBC's new initiative Script to Screen is definitely for you. Script to Screen is an exciting competition that will give one lucky team of primary school children the chance to write their own Doctor Who min...

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  5. This week's show is now available via the iPlayer. Please visit the site any time between now and the start of the next programme. Sorry for the lateness of this information. I got swallowed up in a tide of sickly milk chocolate, an 18th birthday party, and a Science Café trip to the National ...

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  6. If you're looking for a history inspired activity to do this holiday weekend, the former quarrying village of Nant Gwrtheyrn on the Llyn Peninsula is holding its first ever Victorian Festival on Sunday 1 and Monday 2 May. Nant Gwrtheyrn Having undergone an extensive refurbishment programme, including a new exhibition area on the unique history of Nant Gwrtheyrn and a period quarryman's cottage, the centre was recently opened by the Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales. The chief executive of Nant Gwrtheyrn, Jim O'Rourke, said: "During the May bank holiday weekend, the Nant will come alive with a full two day programme offering something for everyone. From jugglers to magicians, from granite sett craftsmen to puppet shows and from Welsh language games to folk musicians, the aim of the festival is to have a lot of fun and to show the unique facilities that we have on offer here." There will also be drama class for 8-12 year olds and a photography class for budding photographers of all ages. Their website has specific details. The highlight of the weekend will be a Cymanfa Ganu, which is to be held in the original Seilo Chapel at 6.30pm on Sunday 1 May with Gwilym Griffith, Plas. If you'd like to find out more about what was like for a quarrymen and their families, take a look at Snowdonia 1890.

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  7. Yesterday I wrote about the planned unveiling of a new commemorative plaque to remember the Welsh actor and playwright Emlyn Williams. The plaque was organised by the Marchmont Association, a community group in Bloomsbury, London as part of their independent commemorative plaques scheme. Cha...

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  8. The bluebells are out early in Wales this spring and so too are the ash trees. They have burst into leaf early this year beating the oak, which is unusual. The last time this happened was in 1953 according to the Woodland Trust. Normally the oak comes into leaf first and does much better in d...

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  9. A blue plaque is to be unveiled by a small London community group that will honour one of the brightest stars of Welsh film and stage, Emlyn Williams. Williams was a talented actor, playwright and director, famed for being the first to give then fledging actor and fellow Welshman Richard Burto...

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  10. A Wales-wide arts festival for the over 50s is set to celebrate its fifth birthday next month. The Gwanwyn festival, held across Wales throughout May, is run by the charity Age Cymru. The month-long festival offers a range of artistic and creative activities for over 50s to try their hand at -...

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