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Thursday 17 November 2011, 09:23
My much better half, Jo, likes to put things in boxes. It'll be me one day; such is life. Well, death. Hopefully, though, I won't end up in Tupperware with nothing more than a freezer bag sticker identifying my remains as contents:
"Adam Walton - Use Before 1998."
What do we keep in this container...
Wednesday 16 November 2011, 14:10
People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. I know this, and writing this blog is potentially very dangerous because 'there but for the grace of god go I'.
Last weekend The Daily Mirror published a story in which they said Matt Willis, manager of trip hop icon Tricky, was suing the Bristol artist...
Tuesday 15 November 2011, 10:36
In the days of early cinema, silent films were usually accompanied by live music acts, to bring a bit of drama into the auditorium and help with those vital emotional clues perhaps not made obvious by the showreel.
Often picture houses had their own pianist, with some even employing organists and orchestras...
Tuesday 1 November 2011, 10:37
Christmas comes early to Wales this year, with the first Messiah of the season taking place on Sunday 6 November.
A major part of Christmas for many classical music lovers in Wales is getting their annual Messiah 'fix' - whether it's taking part or being in the audience. Handel...
Monday 31 October 2011, 14:02
The news today that radio stations are to be given extra guidance to avoid playing sexually-explicit songs got me thinking about euphemism in pop music and the seemingly diminishing art of cloaking the rude in nuanced language.
No longer can radio stations profess innocence...
Tuesday 25 October 2011, 09:10
If Thursday's Sŵn-related larking possessed a wonderful sense of anticipation, then Friday night brought it all together.
Thursday 20 October 2011, 14:40
National Theatre Wales take their first ever musical theatre production on a tour of Wales this week.
This production couldn't be more different from the hugely successful, large-scale Passion that took over Port Talbot during the Easter bank holiday weekend. The modern take on the traditional passion...
Monday 17 October 2011, 15:30
This prize for the album of the year is an exciting addition to the festival, and we'll hear...
Monday 17 October 2011, 09:00
Last night I went to see old-school, 'crusty' politicopunks New Model Army at Cardiff University and I was the youngest person there, pretty much. Seeing as the band formed in 1980, that's not too much of a surprise. But what did surprise me was the participation of the heroically-grizzled audience....
Monday 3 October 2011, 18:37
What an incredible October weekend! This weekend's heat wave thankfully coincided with a whole weekend off for the orchestra. On Sunday, a few of us went to the beach for a barbecue and to lie on beach towels, which gave me some time to reflect on our concert last Friday night.
Two things struck me...
Thursday 22 September 2011, 15:49
I have been reading - increasingly - of the economic hardships some of our most respected artists are facing during these hard times. We're all under the cosh, of course, but for many of our revered, leftfield musical minds the situation is compounded by the fact that 'touring musician 1999-2011' doesn...
Tuesday 20 September 2011, 11:50
Over the past few weeks I've been doing an interesting project with Llên Cymru, Literature Wales, where we've had a 'Desert Island Discs' evening with some of Wales' finest writers.
The first evening was in English with the first poet laureate for Wales Gwyneth Lewis, and hip writer Joe Dunthorne,...
Thursday 15 September 2011, 11:21
Griffiths, 30, is to replace Mervyn Cousins, who left to take a senior post with the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music...
Monday 15 August 2011, 16:23
In the second episode of Connie's Musical Map of Wales, star of musical theatre Connie Fisher heads north.
She starts off in Bangor University and finds out why The Beatles visited the area back in 1967. She then travels through Snowdonia and across the Llŷn Peninsula to meet the man who is bringing...
Tuesday 9 August 2011, 10:43
The London riots affected the UK music industry last night in a devastating fashion. An arson attack at Sony DADC's distribution centre in Enfield totally destroyed the building and the stock inside, including the UK's largest stock of independently-released records.
Pias Entertainment Group (formerly...
Friday 5 August 2011, 12:40
In the first episode, which you can see on Monday, Connie journeys from Cardiff to Treorchy. She sings in the Millennium Stadium before a Welsh...
Thursday 4 August 2011, 09:17
We've got The Brits, the Mercury and the NME awards, but now we've got the Welsh Music Prize added to the list.
Tuesday 19 July 2011, 14:08
Bangor-born pianist Gwilym Simcock is one of 12 artists shortlisted for the 2011 Mercury Prize.
Simcock's album Good Days At Schloss Elmau is nominated alongside releases from Adele, Elbow, PJ Harvey and Tinie Tempah. Here's the full list:
Tuesday 12 July 2011, 11:04
It was back in 2009 when we first worked with Thomas Søndergård. Our principal conductor, Thierry Fischer, had suddenly taken ill and Søndergård entered the fray last minute to conduct a programme of Sibelius, Mahler, and Brahms. His pleasant manner, efficient, yet in-depth rehearsal technique and...
Wednesday 6 July 2011, 09:20
Craig-Y-Nos, the mid Wales castle which was once home to Adelina Patti, the greatest soprano of her day, is up for sale to anyone with a spare £1.5 million.
Patti, who died in 1919 after a stellar singing career and high-flying social life, bought the castle, which...
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