A Strong Sense of Form and Far More than Four Mallets from 4-Mality


Rafnsson, Du Plessis, Bradley, Norman, Marino, Hastings: 4-Mality (Jan Bradley, Sophie Hastings, Mark Norman, Sam Wilson). Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, 29.4.2016. (GP) Read more

Enjoyable Evening in Italy with Welsh Sinfonia


Schubert, Giacotto, Martello, Barber, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn: Gillian Taylor (oboe), Robin Stowell (violin), Welsh Sinfonia / Mark Eager (conductor), Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, 30 April 2016 (PCG) Read more

Indefatigable Jac van Steen Premieres Music by Welsh Composers


Sayers, Grainger, Humphries, Furber, Jones: COMPOSITION WALES. BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Jac van Steen (conductor). Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, 28.4.2016 (PCG) Read more

Olena Tokar Displays Sensitive and Subtle Artistry in Lesser Known Repertoire


Respighi, Liszt, Korngold: Olena Tokar (soprano), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Damian Iorio (conductor). Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, 26 April 2016 (PCG) Read more

Americans in Cardiff: BBC NOW Performs Familiar and Unfamiliar Works


Roy Harris, John Adams, Gershwin, Bernstein:  Chloë Hanslip (electric violin), William Wolfram (piano), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Eric Stern (conductor). St David’s Hall, Cardiff, 15.4.2016. (PCG) Read more

Enjoyable and Illuminating “Inquisition of Sound” from Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments


Hume, Nicholls, William Lawes, Robert Jones, Byrd, Tomkins, Anonymous, Brade, Gibbons: The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments (Jon Banks – santouri, gothic harp, percussion, Liam Byrne – lirone, treble viol, Jean Kelly – triple harp, bray harp, Alison Mcgilivray –bass viol, lyra viol, Jo Wills – electronics), Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. 2.3.2016. (GPu)

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Members of The Society of Strange and Ancient instruments

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Spanish Heat and Passion Brighten a Cold, Wet Cardiff


Antonio de Literes, Blas de la Serna, Ferenando Obradors, Bizet, Turina: Clara Mouriz (mezzo), Joseph Middleton (piano). Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. 1.3.2016. (GPu)


Clara Mouriz

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WNO’s Figaro Forever: a Fine Idea Realized Very Rewardingly in Large Part


 Rossini, The Barber of Seville; Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro; Langer, Figaro Gets a Divorce: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera/ James Southall (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 23, 24 & 27.2.2016. (GPu)

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WNO’s Figaro Gets a Divorce Mark Stone (Count) and Elizabeth Watts (Countess)
(c) Richard Hubert Smith

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