653 posts about music on this blog
Friday 14 March 2014, 07:34
BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales recently recorded Calon Lân as part of BBC Cymru Wales’s Six Nations marketing campaign. Osian Rowlands, Chorus Manager, BBC National Chorus of Wales, goes behind-the-scenes of how nearly 400 musicians came together to make the trail.
Thursday 13 March 2014, 14:21
“Unit 31” I sceptically told our taxi driver as we hurtle towards an evening with a difference.
It’s always exhilarating to be out of my gigging comfort zone in Cardiff, so walking into the TV studios in an industrial estate in Cardiff and being told to “go crazy” with some face paint was just...
Wednesday 12 March 2014, 12:13
BBC Cymru Wales launches the new Horizons scheme which aims to find 12 new artists who perform in either Welsh or English and help them develop and play.
Friday 7 March 2014, 12:37
Wales has produced many fine artists over the years but none are more significant or impressive than the Swansea born painter Ceri Giraldus Richards.
Wednesday 5 March 2014, 17:02
If the producers of Through the Keyhole were really scraping the barrel, and decided to send whoever it is that has taken over from Lloyd Grossman through the unpaid bills and discarded record mailers blocking my front-door, it’d be all too obvious who I am.
Thursday 27 February 2014, 12:54
Didn’t they have a lovely time… when Mongolian band Hanggai arrived in Bangor!
A few years ago I presented a series on World Music for BBC Radio Cymru, called 'Beth yn y Byd!' (a play on words meaning What in the World!). During this amazing sonic journey I made friends with a wonderful contributor...
Monday 24 February 2014, 12:05
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales recently performed in Aberystwyth, Bangor, Wrexham and Llandudno as part of their tour to mid and north Wales. Here, Laura Sinnerton continues her tour diary - exploring what life is like on the road with the orchestra.
Friday 21 February 2014, 17:09
Last week, BBC National Orchestra of Wales performed in Aberystwyth, Bangor, Wrexham and Llandudno as part of their tour to mid and north Wales. Laura Sinnerton kept a diary of the tour – exploring what life is like on the road with the orchestra.
Monday 17 February 2014, 15:29
This week’s show is very, very spiky with brilliant new music of Welsh origin.
So many thrilling new artists who hadn’t been baptised on my radio show before: The Featherz, Sea Lion, Luvv, Mandy, Past Grievances, Bur Hoff Bau, Saron, Pine Canopies, The Caspiens, Ruby Parfitt, Sam, Not My Finest Hour...
Monday 10 February 2014, 15:47
Have you seen the queues around your local record shop during the annual Record Store Day? The simple concept has been a sweeping success for struggling record shops in the last few years, an unexpected Christmas morning of cash sales, supported by bands and labels with limited edition vinyl only releases...
Monday 10 February 2014, 12:25
A fair proportion of the country bled copiously from sports-related wounds on Saturday.
I'm not unsympathetic. In fact, I'd like to think that this week's show could offer succour and comfort to the injured and downcast. Music, you see, won't bash you about. It doesn't raise your expectations and...
Friday 7 February 2014, 15:44
On this week’s programme I will feature a half-hour set of my favourite northern soul records. This is my love letter to the genre-that-isn’t-really-a-genre, a better-late-than-never foot on the bandwagon before Elaine Constantine’s anticipated film ‘Northern Soul’ reaches cinemas.
Friday 7 February 2014, 13:48
Tonight, in the lovely acoustic of St David's Hall, we perform Gustav Mahler's Ninth Symphony with our principal conductor, Thomas Søndergård. I love playing and listening to Mahler's music, and this is my first Mahler Nine.
Wednesday 5 February 2014, 14:38
It struck me recently that I’ve been keeping statistical data about the music I play on my show for three years now. It is as geeky as it sounds, the product of a misspent youth and a BBC Micro but it also provides an interesting overview of what I have played on the show in that period.
Tuesday 4 February 2014, 13:45
Recently we’ve been in a busy patch of dual purpose sessions – working with the Nimbus label for commercial release, but you will also be able to hear the works that we record on BBC Radio 3.
Monday 3 February 2014, 13:32
What am I for?
I’m good at feeding my daughter, hoovering the stairs, walking long distances in drizzle without complaining, playing one record after another after 4 Guinnesses (but no more) and, erm, well that’s it, really.
Thursday 30 January 2014, 15:55
This week's show is brought to you by the number 4, the words 'rammed', 'full', 'of', 'sonic' and 'treats', and the letter 'Ff' (I love that Y Ffug song).
Thursday 30 January 2014, 12:48
I can’t believe we are at the end of January already. It truly is that horrible, dark part of the year when all you want to do is consume vast quantities of comfort food and cuddle a hot water bottle - as opposed to get up sharply, warm up nicely, rehearse, go home, eat dinner and practice x 100.
Tuesday 28 January 2014, 09:49
It was so nice to be back on the concert stage on Friday night and to see such a wonderful crowd filling out St David’s Hall. It is a deceptively large auditorium - you don’t appreciate how large it is until you see it with a full house.
Wednesday 22 January 2014, 15:57
So, I’ve been on this planet for a very long time it seems - I’ve hit that dreaded landmark birthday, the big 40! It was a quiet weekend of celebrating, a nice meal with friends, a nostalgic drink and a sack full of cards – gone are the wild parties too, it seems!
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