602 posts about music on this blog
Thursday 9 May 2013, 11:36
For an orchestral musician in the United Kingdom, especially one in a BBC orchestra, summer can only mean one thing - Proms!
Tuesday 7 May 2013, 17:06
The show is about the music packed around my biscuit crumbs - and this week's spread features some corkers.
Tuesday 7 May 2013, 16:43
It was a gig I'll be trying to remember the flavour of for as long as tiny electrical pulses are prepared to dance across my cerebral cortex.
Thursday 2 May 2013, 11:27
When playwright Tim Price found out he would be collaborating with one of his idols, Gruff Rhys, for a new National Theatre Wales production, he could hardly take it in.
Thursday 2 May 2013, 11:14
After the chorale-like opening, the listener is whisked headlong into swirling contrapuntal textures, declamatory rhythmic figures, and constant development of the opening motifs.
Tuesday 30 April 2013, 11:57
Neon Neon, Gruff Rhys and LA producer pal Boom Bip, are about to embark on an ambitious live outing with National Theatre Wales, and will release a new album on Monday 29 April.
Friday 26 April 2013, 14:52
2013 was the fourth year of Radio Wales Music Day, and I'm so thrilled to say the idea, the concept and the event keeps on growing.
Friday 19 April 2013, 16:51
My day of reckoning came the afternoon I had to hand in a wind quintet arrangement of Tuileries from Mussorgsky's piano masterwork, Pictures at an Exhibition.
Friday 19 April 2013, 16:37
How did this distinctly urban - and urbane - individual come to the rural tranquillity of Llanddewi Brefi?
Sunday 14 April 2013, 08:00
It's 15 years today since Welsh singing legend Dorothy Squires died aged 83.
Friday 12 April 2013, 11:29
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the contemporary opera outfit Music Theatre Wales. To celebrate they are reprising an opera that chronicled King George III's descent into madness long before the hit film about him gripped audiences worldwide.
Thursday 11 April 2013, 17:36
I'm vibrating with excitement at the prospect of seeing them play sold out halls in New York, Washington and Baltimore. Thousands of Stateside music-lovers celebrating a music forged in the hills where I grew up.
Wednesday 10 April 2013, 16:54
Technically, it is exceptionally demanding. The viola part is incredibly tiring; the seemingly endless repeated rhythms that underpin the entire texture of the music require a great level of articulation
Tuesday 9 April 2013, 15:40
It's mostly about new albums this week. I could dredge up some facetious hyperbole for you, if you like.
Friday 5 April 2013, 14:47
When it comes to the stuff of local legend, there is no one better equipped to assume the role of storyteller than the very community the folklore concerns. For the people of Merthyr, delving back into the area's history for an arts and heritage project has yielded great hidden gems, which now form...
Thursday 4 April 2013, 11:45
Celebrated pop artist Sir Peter Blake, columnist and author Caitlin Moran and songstress Beth Orton are just some of the guests who will be heading to Laugharne this weekend for its seventh festival of literature and music.
Tuesday 2 April 2013, 17:15
Music - as championed on most radio - is ever so nice. Maybe it's because everything, these days, is branded rather than celebrated. At least, that's the way it feels.
Thursday 28 March 2013, 11:23
The final day of the 2013 Spring North Wales Tour dawned surprisingly bright and breezy. Well, it wasn’t raining, and it was very windy.
Wednesday 27 March 2013, 10:55
On Saturday we were Wrexham bound, and there was great hope that rehearsal would finish in time for the Wales v England match.
Tuesday 26 March 2013, 16:07
It's tough for new bands these days. Nicky Wire of the Manic Street Preachers said so at the BBC Introducing Masterclass last Thursday.
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