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  1. Connie continues her musical journey of Wales

    Monday 15 August 2011, 16:23

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    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...

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  2. Independent music sector reels from London riots

    Tuesday 9 August 2011, 10:43

    James McLaren James McLaren

    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...

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  3. Connie's Musical Map of Wales

    Friday 5 August 2011, 12:40

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    Welsh star of musical theatre Connie Fisher sets off on a musical mystery tour across Wales in new BBC Cymru Wales programme Connie's Musical Map of Wales.

    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...

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  4. Welsh Music Prize

    Thursday 4 August 2011, 09:17

    James McLaren James McLaren

    We've got The Brits, the Mercury and the NME awards, but now we've got the Welsh Music Prize added to the list.

    The prize, an initiative of Sŵn Festival and co-founders Huw Stephens and John Rostron, "will be selected and judged by a panel of industry figures and music experts".

    ...

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  5. Gwilym Simcock nominated for 2011 Mercury Prize

    Tuesday 19 July 2011, 14:08

    Joe Goodden Joe Goodden Senior web producer, BBC Wales

    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:

    • Adele - 21
    • Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
    • Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys...

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  6. Thomas Søndergård joins BBC NOW as principal conductor

    Tuesday 12 July 2011, 11:04

    Laura Sinnerton Laura Sinnerton

    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...

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  7. Adelina Patti's castle up for sale

    Wednesday 6 July 2011, 09:20

    James McLaren James McLaren

    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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  8. Wanted: funny Welsh songs

    Monday 4 July 2011, 11:26

    James McLaren James McLaren

    This week I'm at a bit of a loss. Whether it's a result of the slightly soporific, lazy-day haziness of the weather or simply an accident of cause and effect, not much seems to be happening.

    Sure, there's the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod happening and Kids In Glass Houses have been busy...

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  9. Choir's clock a window into the industrial past

    Thursday 9 June 2011, 11:54

    James McLaren James McLaren

    An extraordinary tale of a working men's male voice choir in the 19th century has come to light thanks to a hitherto unknown clock.

    Penrhyn Male Voice Choir, based in Bethesda in north west Wales, have come into possession of a decorative timepiece made in 1893 and forming part of the narrative of a...

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  10. "Hopefully in five years' time, people will have got fed up of X-Factor"

    Wednesday 1 June 2011, 16:02

    James McLaren James McLaren

    "It's going to be difficult to keep this positive!" said Graeme Park to me as we wandered, post-interview, back into the grand foyer of the new Creative Industries Centre of Glyndŵr University. Graeme, a DJ of international repute, is a lecturer at Glyndŵr, and is the host of a series of seminars that...

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  11. All hail the incompetent!

    Wednesday 25 May 2011, 11:00

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    When I call Alan Holmes the 'Godfather of the Welsh underground' I'm doing more than mythologising someone who appears regularly on my show, so that I can indulge in some much-needed reflection bathing. Alan deserves the epithet, although I suspect he'd prefer to shrug it off. He's a founder member of...

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  12. Joseph Parry: a rags to riches story

    Thursday 19 May 2011, 13:09

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    Joseph Parry was arguably Wales' greatest composer. When he died in 1903 his funeral procession was so long that the hearse carrying his body was only just arriving at the church door as the last members of the procession were leaving his house, a distance of over a mile.

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  13. Open day at the WNO

    Monday 9 May 2011, 16:12

    Joe Goodden Joe Goodden Senior web producer, BBC Wales

    Welsh National Opera will hold an open day at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay on 4 June.

    Highlights of Open House will include an on-stage rehearsal of Mozart's Così fan tutte, a special performance of the opera called Cosy Café by members of the chorus, and a preview of The Sleeper by...

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  14. Stoke City fans in chart push for Tom Jones' Delilah

    Thursday 5 May 2011, 13:48

    Joe Goodden Joe Goodden Senior web producer, BBC Wales

    Supporters of Stoke City FC are attempting to get Tom Jones' 1968 song Delilah back into the charts.

    Delilah has long been a favourite of Stoke supporters on the terraces. The club is reportedly in talks with Jones' agent in the hope that he'll re-record the song in time for the FA Cup final on 14 May...

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  15. The Gentle Good's anti-royal wedding song

    Thursday 28 April 2011, 18:22

    BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music

    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-founder...

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  16. Welsh composer's music to be used in royal wedding

    Thursday 28 April 2011, 18:16

    BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music

    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...

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  17. The Passion: Michael Sheen and Owen Sheers' new vision of the Easter story

    Tuesday 26 April 2011, 17:44

    Bethan Elfyn Bethan Elfyn

    I'd made the probably rather foolish decision to head to Brighton for a few days prior to the Easter bank holiday. Yes, it was packed, hot, fun and yet the open spaces of the Welsh beaches were definitely on my mind as I set off on the five-hour train journey back on a particularly hot Saturday afternoon...

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  18. Ivor Novello award nominations

    Tuesday 19 April 2011, 14:46

    James McLaren James McLaren

    The annual Ivor Novello awards nominations have been announced. Commemorating the Cardiff songwriter, playwright, composer and actor Ivor Novello, the awards are some of the most highly-respected in the recording industry.

    The nominations in the music categories:

    Best song musically and lyrically

    • Becoming...

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  19. Vinyl Worship - Record Store Day

    Thursday 14 April 2011, 16:40

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    It's ironic that I should be here, of all places, writing about a renaissance in vinyl. 'Here' is a cafe on the river in Chester. I used to come here years ago drawn, not by the food, but by the jukebox. It was an original Wurlitzer crammed with old rock n roll, Motown and beat-era 7"s. Now, unfortunately...

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  20. Record Store Day 2011 in Wales

    Monday 11 April 2011, 10:54

    James McLaren James McLaren

    This Saturday (16 April) sees Wales join countries around the world marking Record Store Day with events, gigs and general celebration of the independent spirit in record retailing.

    Gone are the days when every town had a vinyl-selling emporium staffed by people with obscene levels of knowledge of Belle...

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