1:17pm Monday 9th December 2013
9:23am Monday 9th December 2013
2:24pm Friday 6th December 2013
Last years Riverfront panto Robin Hood was always going to be a tough act to follow, but the cast and crew have struck gold yet again with Daniel O’ Brien’s adaptation of Beauty and The Beast, a show that has been away from its rightful home as a panto for too long since its adaptation by Disney. This production has the whole family laughing from start to finish.
10:16am Friday 6th December 2013
10:09am Friday 6th December 2013
Cardiff’s New Theatre played host to Wynyard Browne’s touring festive favourite, The Holly and the Ivy, and an audience that had successfully avoided the city’s numerous other Christmas attractions showed due respect and appreciation.
10:35am Thursday 5th December 2013
11:19am Tuesday 3rd December 2013
12:02pm Thursday 28th November 2013
2:41pm Monday 25th November 2013
10:59am Wednesday 20th November 2013
10:57am Wednesday 20th November 2013
9:29am Tuesday 19th November 2013
9:27am Tuesday 19th November 2013
9:25am Tuesday 19th November 2013
1:32pm Friday 15th November 2013
ON WEDNESDAY evening, a Newport audience was taken to the village of one of the most well known vicars on television. This was the first night of Newport Playgoers Society production of The Vicar of Dibley.
12:06pm Thursday 14th November 2013
1:14pm Tuesday 12th November 2013
3:08pm Monday 4th November 2013
Welsh National Opera’s current season of Tudor-themed operas by Donizetti was enhanced at this concert by its wonderful orchestra, out of the pit and on to the platform for an all-too-rare appearance in the spotlight.
6:44pm Sunday 3rd November 2013
2:14pm Thursday 31st October 2013
12:14pm Monday 28th October 2013
It would appear that the series of concerts at the RWCMD are a bit of a well kept secret. Certainly judging from the audience at this recital. This is a great shame judging by the marvellous lunchtime recital given by lyric soprano Lucy Crowe with exemplary accompaniment from Joseph Middleton.
3:33pm Thursday 24th October 2013
3:20pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013
3:17pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013
4:19pm Monday 21st October 2013
Carlo Gesualdo was infamous not only as a musically unconventional Renaissance composer of madrigals but also as the murderer of his wife and her lover. The chamber opera The Killing Flower by Salvatore Sciarrino is based on the drama Il tradimento per l’onore and tells this tragic story.
4:17pm Monday 21st October 2013
1:58pm Monday 21st October 2013
2:10pm Thursday 17th October 2013
The musical Cats is for many people a problematic musical. It has little by way of a narrative thread and is basically a series of setpieces , each of them based around a particular cat taken from T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, a collection of poems written in the 1930’s.
2:09pm Thursday 17th October 2013
Over the past 6 decades many singers have come and gone yet Petula Clark has endured, and the reason why was demonstrated on Monday evening when she sang (and occasionally played piano) to a mesmerised audience at St David’s Hall.
3:20pm Monday 14th October 2013
The name Allen Vizzutti may not be immediately recognisable (other than to trumpet players) but his playing with its unmistakeable golden tone has probably been heard by all of us at some time. Whether on the soundtrack of Star Wars or Back to the Future or any of the 150 films on which he can be heard, or backing Sinatra, Streisand or any of a multitude of stars.
11:40am Monday 14th October 2013
11:39am Monday 14th October 2013
It was obvious from the start that this was a concert with a difference. From Oren Marshall’s leisurely saunter onto the stage, flat capped throughout, and almost impervious to the audience, he proceeded in extended preparatory adjustments to his instrument before wiring up his related electronic gadgetry.
11:38am Monday 14th October 2013
Is there anything these men cannot do? The ‘wild men’ of brass took St. David’s Hall by storm on Friday night. As well as being seven hugely talented brass virtuosi capable of playing in any musical style with almost telepathically tight ensemble, often while running, dancing, being suspended in mid air or partaking of a range of comic antics, these were the ultimate entertainers.
11:37am Monday 14th October 2013
2:19pm Friday 11th October 2013
Cardiff this week hosts many of the world’s leading brass players in the Arcomis International Brass Event. In the opening concert all three soloists played quite unfamiliar twentieth century concertos which reflected the personality of their instruments.
3:51pm Thursday 10th October 2013
4:16pm Tuesday 8th October 2013
It’s a wonder the Elizabethans could muster a force to see off the Armada, what with their queen later got up like Vivienne Westwood and embroiled in an all-consuming love entanglement with Robert, the Earl of Essex.
4:14pm Tuesday 8th October 2013
The genius of ‘king of pop’ Michael Jackson is this week celebrated in this dazzling homage. It is a reminder of his position in popular culture, bridging the gap between the earlier styles of blues and Motown and later styles such as rap, in an evening consisting of a sequence of high energy vocal and dance routines all backed by a superb onstage band directed by Andy Chisholm.
11:33am Monday 7th October 2013
3:38pm Friday 4th October 2013
12:43pm Thursday 3rd October 2013
5:10pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013
Without a doubt The sixties was a great decade for music as the opening night of the Sixties Gold tour at St David’s Hall proved last week where no less than five acts performed to a packed house for over two and a half hours.
3:47pm Monday 30th September 2013
Both visually and vocally there is no question about the lineage of Jacqui Dankworth. She shares the same sophisticated, cool musicianship that her parents - Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth – displayed for half a century. Her vocal qualities are hugely reminiscent of her mother, as is her stage presence.
3:24pm Wednesday 25th September 2013
11:59am Monday 23rd September 2013
9:55am Saturday 21st September 2013
2:42pm Friday 20th September 2013
9:53am Friday 20th September 2013
12:46pm Thursday 19th September 2013