‘Thrillingly Heroic’: Welsh-Language Opera Y Tŵr’s Underplays the Symbolism but the Performances Impress

22/05/2017

Guto Puw, Y Tŵr [The Tower] – first performance: Music Theatre Wales Ensemble / Richard Baker (conductor), Vale of Glamorgan Festival, Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, 19.5.2017. (PCG)

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Y Tŵr Caryl Hughes (Female) Gwion Thomas (Male) (c) Clive Barda

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Weight and Precision from visiting Moscow Philharmonic in All-Russian Programme

18/05/2017

Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich, Prokofiev: Natalia Lomeiko (violin), Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra / Yuri Simonov (conductor). St David’s Hall, Cardiff, 14.5.2017. (PCG) Read more

Celebrating the late Peter Reynolds – a Significant Presence in the Musical Life of Wales

08/05/2017

Peter Reynolds (1958-2016): Michael McCartney (guitar), Philip May (piano), Simon Philippo (piano), Melys Wind Quintet (Hannah Scott, flute; Hilary Stavros Ives, oboe; Rowena Mayo, clarinet; Vikki Scanlon, horn; Polly Horton, bassoon). Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. 31.3.2017. (GPu)

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Peter Reynolds

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BBC NOW’s Kaleidoscopic Berlioz, Scintillating Rachmaninov – Hough and Zhang in Perfect Harmony

08/05/2017

Berlioz, Rachmaninov, Tan Dun: Stephen Hough (piano), BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Xian Zhang (conductor). St David’s Hall, Cardiff, 5.5.2017 (PCG)

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Xian Zhang (c) Benjamin Ealovega/BBC

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BBC NOW’s Laudable Musical Odyssey Continues with an Excursion into 20th Century Exile

01/05/2017

Tales of Travel, 2: Annelien van Wauwe (clarinet), BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Alexandre Bloch (conductor). BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, 28.4.2017. (PCG) Read more

Sheer Fun and Quality Musicianship complement one another in Harmonic Brass

29/04/2017

Vivaldi, Rodrigo, Binder, Anderson: Harmonic Brass: Hans Zellner. Elisabeth Fessler (trumpets), Thomas Lux (trombone), Andreas Binder (French Horn), Manfred Häberlein (tuba). Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. 24.3.2017. (GPu)

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Harmonic Brass

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Bornkamp’s Saxophone Recital Prompts Mixed Feelings

22/04/2017

Combelle, Rosenthal, Schulhoff, Hindemith: Arno Bornkamp (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone), Catherine Milledge (piano) Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. 17.3.2017. (GPu)

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Arno Bornkamp

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Student Brass Band Pays Fitting Tribute to Contemporary Composer Edward Gregson

20/04/2017

Gregson: RWCMD Brass Band, Andrew Wareham and Edward Gregson (conductors). Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. 8.3.2017. (GPu) Read more

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