BBC NOW Marks Battle of the Somme Centenary with Music from that Era


Delius, Butterworth, Jacob, Howells, Roussel, Francis Purcell Warren: Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Mark Stone (baritone), Philip Dukes (viola), BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales cond. Adrian Partington (conductor), Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, 1.7.2016 (PCG) Read more

A Young Choir creates an Hour of Radiant Order on a Chaotic Day


Gibbons, Schütz, Monteverdi, Bruckner, Brahms, Vaughan Williams, Hamilton, Wheeler, Swingle:  National Youth Chamber Choir / Greg Hallam (conductor), Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, 17.6.2016 (GPu) Read more

Søndergård’s Mahler I Brings BBC NOW’s Season to a Resounding Conclusion


Mahler, Szymanowski, Lunn:  Nicola Benedetti (violin), Nadine Koutcher (soprano), BBC National Orchestra of Wales cond. Thomas Søndergård. St David’s Hall, Cardiff, 17.6.2016 (PCG) Read more

Roman Rabinovich and a Clown on a Bicycle


Schumann, Michael Brown, Haydn, Stravinsky: Roman Rabinovich (piano), RWCMD, Cardiff, 12.6.2016. (LJ) Read more

Superlative Premiere of Pickard’s Emotional, Well Integrated Fifth Symphony


Pickard, Elgar, Walton: Alban Gerhardt (cello), BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Martyn Brabbins (conductor), Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, 7.6.2016. (PCG) Read more

Quercus Reveal the Riches to be Found in Austerity in an Eclectic programme


Quercus: [June Tabor (vocal) Huw Warren (piano) Iain Ballamy (tenor saxophone)], Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, 3.6.2016. (GPu)


Left to right, Huw Warren, June Tasbor and Iain Ballamy (c) Tom Dickeson

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Ping-Pong and Other Jazz Games with Jean Toussaint


Jean Toussaint’s Roots and Herbs – ‘The Art Blakey Project’: Jean Toussaint (tenor saxophone), Byron Wallen (trumpet), Dennis Rollins (trombone), Jason Rebello (piano), Daniel Casimir (bass), Shane Forbes (drums), Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, 4.6.2016. (LJ) Read more

Mascagni/Leoncavallo Double Bill – a Fitting Way to Celebrate WNO’s 70th Birthday


Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana & Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci: Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera, Carlo Rizzi (conductor), Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 26.5.2016. (GPu)


WNO’s Cavalleria rusticana (c) Bill Cooper

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