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  1. Radio Wales Music Day: Is Welsh music the best in the world?

    The Radio Wales phone-in this morning brought together promoter John Rostron, musician Cheryl Beer and film-maker Dan Harris to debate the issue with presenter Jason Monhammad. Listen to the full debate here: Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on this or any other BB...

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  2. I want a smoke machine, a wind machine and a pair of ruby slippers...

    When I was young I loved music theatre. Mother bought me a monthly publication called The Magic Of The Musicals and I would eagerly await its arrival. I would put the CD on, read the synopsis of the plot, carefully slip the sleeve notes out of the CD cover and listen again whilst following the lyrics. Then I would listen again whilst singing along. My poor parents - there I would be, headphones on, belting out some number from Cats - and everyone knows singing with headphones on often has interesting consequences for one's intonation, so it probably sounded like the said Cats were being strangled! When I saw a call for auditions for a children's choir to appear in a production of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Belfast's Lyric Theatre, I pestered my mother until I was allowed to audition. There followed for her an entire summer season of driving up and down the motorway, waiting at rehearsal halls and outside the theatre. I was having a ball, loving being on stage and bouncing around like a lunatic. I even still remember the vocal warmups we learnt as the vocal coach attempted to persuade some annunciation into our broad Northern Ireland accents. I think in the classical world we sometimes have a tendency to look down on the world of musical theatre, as though our genre were the only legitimate form of music making. In other words, I think we can be a bit snobby at times. To do this is to ignore, or discount the very real connection that songs from the shows make with their audience; I'm pretty sure a greater proportion of the general population could sing with great love and affection a few strains of Climb Every Mountain from The Sound Of Music, than could recognise Haydn's 'Joke' Quartet. Songs from the shows take us back to a more innocent time and allow us to suspend reality for a little while. The recent resurgence of the musical (take Hairspray, Legally Blonde and, of course, Wicked, for example) would suggest that this is still a relevant medium for our times. On Friday and Saturday, we are joined by welsh singer Sophie Evans in a concert of tunes from the shows and, to the great excitement of a number of colleagues, Disney tunes. Many of you will remember Sophie as the runner up in the TV reality show Somewhere Over The Rainbow, and indeed, she has recently taken over the role of Dorothy full time in London's West End. This is a great fun concert for the whole family, though Sophie should watch her back. I want to sing! My section have been indulging my fantasy this week and it has now grown to monstrous proportions that involve me being lifted on wires from my seat in the viola section as I sing Somewhere Over The Rainbow, before being gently and elegantly lowered into a pair of ruby slippers! The BBC National Orchestra of Wales performs music by Bernstein, Coates, Strauss and songs from The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz and many more tonight, Friday 30 March at 7pm, at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon and tomorrow, Saturday 31 March, 7pm at St David's Hall, Cardiff. Tickets are available from the venues - Theatr Brycheiniog 01874 611622/St David's Hall 02920 878444.The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio Wales.

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  3. Record breaking March

    It sure has been a marvellous March with record breaking daytime temperatures. The March high of 23.9 Celsius recorded in 1965 still stands but a few local records have been broken. John Goodger, who runs a weather station at Velindre near Glasbury in Powys, recorded 21.2 Celsius on Wedne...

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  4. Radio Wales Music Day: Cuba Cuba live

    Cuba Cuba perform their song 50 A Night live on the Jamie and Louise show, kicking off Radio Wales Music Day 2012 on 30 March. Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on this or any other BBC blog, you will need to sign in to your BBC iD account. If you don't have a BBC iD accou...

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  5. Joy Formidable tour diary - day four

    Today has been - against my best intentions - probably a de facto touring band experience... i.e. calling into a city (Philadelphia) but not having the energy, or time (despite having little better to do than sit down and watch Full Metal Jousting on TV [seriously!], to go and check the city its...

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  6. Radio Wales Music Day: Greta Isaac live

    Greta Isaac performs her song Don't Go live on the Jamie and Louise show, kicking off Radio Wales Music Day 2012 on 30 March. Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on this or any other BBC blog, you will need to sign in to your BBC iD account. If you don't have a BBC iD accoun...

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  7. Radio Wales Music Day: Greta Isaac in conversation

    Singer-songwriter Greta Isaac joined Jamie and Louise this morning for BBC Radio Wales Music Day. Just 16 years old, she talks about learning guitar in a year and balancing music and school. Listen to Greta chat with the Radio Wales presenters: Feel free to comment! If you want to h...

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  8. Radio Wales Music Day: Georgia Ruth live

    Georgia Ruth performs her song Mapping live on the Jamie and Louise show, kicking off Radio Wales Music Day 2012 on 30 March. Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on this or any other BBC blog, you will need to sign in to your BBC iD account. If you don't have a BBC iD account, you can register here - it'll allow you to contribute to a range of BBC sites and services using a single login. Need some assistance? Read about BBC iD, or get some help with registering.

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  9. Radio Wales Music Day: The Dirty Youth talk Korn

    The Dirty Youth joined Jamie and Louise this morning for BBC Radio Wales Music Day, talking all about their time touring with American superstars Korn. Listen to Danni Monroe and Matt Bond's chat with the Radio Wales presenters: Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on...

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  10. Radio Wales Music Day: The Boy Royals live

    The Boy Royals (formerly Town) perform their song Voice Of The Future live on the Jamie and Louise show, kicking off Radio Wales Music Day 2012 on 30 March. Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on this or any other BBC blog, you will need to sign in to your BBC iD account. If you don't have a BBC iD account, you can register here - it'll allow you to contribute to a range of BBC sites and services using a single login. Need some assistance? Read about BBC iD, or get some help with registering.

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