Dr Márta Minier co-organises a Welsh-Hungarian Music Day in memory of Zoltán Kodály

Posted on April 27, 2017

Dr Márta Minier, an active member of the Music Media Drama Research Group, is involved as a consultant co-organiser and educator in a Welsh-Hungarian Music Day organised in memory of eminent Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist Zoltán Kodály (6 May 2017, Canton Uniting Church, Cardiff). In 2017 Hungarians commemorate the 50th anniversary of Kodaly’s death, who pioneered a music education system – the famous Kodály Method – that revolutionised the teaching of music to children well beyond his native Hungary. Kodály, who is equally reputed as a composer, a folk song collector and a pedagogue, is a Hungarian cultural export much appreciated in Wales. Testimony to this is the Kodaly Violin School based in Carmarthenshire, who are co-organisers of this bilingual event. Dr Minier’s expertise in Hungarian studies and in education is pivotal to the event.

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Prof. Ruth McElroy talks to the BBC about the accountability of the media in Wales.

Posted on April 27, 2017

Professor Ruth McElroy, co-director of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, talks to the BBC about the accountability of the media in Wales.

She told BBC Wales: “We have seen a great deal of closures of local newspapers. That’s been a long-standing theme, and it’s been greater in Wales than in the rest of the UK.

“I think what we have to do is be realistic that we are now in a digital age, and that modes of news delivery might be different in the future.”

She added ministers should be more prepared to intervene to support media in Wales.

“There definitely is a place for government intervention. I think that sometimes, in the UK, we have been hostile to that, almost ideologically.

“In other parts of the world they are not, and they are reaping the benefits as a result.”

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Dr Emily Underwood-Lee was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales

Posted on April 26, 2017

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee featured on BBC Radio Wales’ Telling Tales programme to talk about the value of storytelling and how the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Centre shares the legacy of oral historian George Ewart Evans.

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Dr Paul Carr appeared on ITV Wales and BBC Radio Wales.

Posted on April 25, 2017

Dr Paul Carr, Reader in Popular Music Analysis and steering group member of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations at the University of South Wales, appeared on ITV Wales to discuss the decline of live music venues in Wales.

Dr Carr also appeared on the Owen Money show on BBC Radio Wales to talk about his new project looking at music in Merthyr Tydfil between 1955 and 1975.

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Dr Paul Carr features in an interview on Welsh Connections

Posted on April 25, 2017

Paul Carr with Mike Kennedy, 02/04/16 : Merthyr Rising !

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BA Theatr a Drama students appeared on S4C’s Prynhawn Da

Posted on April 24, 2017

Hanna Rowcliffe and Alyssa Williams, third year BA Theatr a Drama students, appeared on S4C’s Prynhawn Da to discuss and promote their upcoming original show ‘365’, which will be performed in the Cardiff Campus between 30 April and 2 May.

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Wyn Mason travels to China to cast Chinese actor for his Rhith Gân / Song of Illusion play

Posted on March 22, 2017

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Glen Manby's new album was recommended as jazz album of the week in The Observer

Posted on February 21, 2017

Music lecturer Glen Manby (FCI)’s new album, Homecoming, was recommended as jazz album of the week in The Observer on Sunday.

The Glen Manby Quintet. Photograph: Glen Manby

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USW student Katie Alcock featured on Pontypridd Observer

Posted on February 15, 2017

USW student Katie Alcock has designed the set for the Welsh National Opera’s touring production of Madam Butterfly. Today’s Pontypridd Observer covers the story. (Print, P3).

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USW ballerina performs at Holocaust Memorial event

Posted on January 26, 2017

Krystal Lowe, an associate dance lecturer at the University of South Wales (USW), recently travelled to Cyprus to perform contemporary dance at an Holocaust Memorial event.

Krystal, 27, originally from Bermuda, now living in Newport, was invited to choreograph and perform two contemporary pieces to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The event is organised each year by the Embassy of Israel in collaboration with Nicosia Christian Center. This year 600 attended the event at the Strovolos Municipal Theatre.

A guest artist for Ballet Cymru, Krystal divides her time between dancing, choreography and teaching. She currently teaches dance technique to first year students on USW’s BSc (Hons) Dance degree. She wants to concentrate on her performing as much as possible for now, and then move her focus to more teaching in the future.

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Damon Minchella was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales

Posted on January 10, 2017

Damon Minchella was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales this morning on the long term effect of posthumous artists on popular music.

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PhD student Gareth Bonello featured on BBC Radio Cymru

Posted on October 14, 2016

Gareth Bonello, a musician and PhD student at the School of Music and Performance appeared on BBC Radio Cymru on Wednesday. Gareth discussed his PhD, which is a part of the Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues research project.

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Dr Paul Carr publishes chapter on Frank Zappa and Virtuality

Posted on September 19, 2016

Dr Paul Carr was recently involved in a book launch for the Oxford Handbook of Music and Virtuality, edited by the late Sheila Whitley and Shara Rambarran. In addition to providing a chapter for the collection on Frank Zappa and Virtuality, Dr Carr was also responsible for editing a discussion chapter, where a number of academics contributing to the book give their perspectives on how music can be considered virtual. The book launch was proceeded by a panel discussion at the International Association of Study of Popular Music UK/Ireland conference in Brighton in September 2016.

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USW PhD student Denis Lennon features in Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Blog

Posted on September 13, 2016

Our drama PhD student Denis Lennon has recently been featured in Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Blog about his paper on breath within voice and speech training practices of acting and speaking Shakespeare presented at the 2016 TaPRA conference in Bristol, UK.

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Wyn Mason's play Rhith Gân sees its first staging at the National Eisteddfod

Posted on August 25, 2016

Wyn Mason’s play Rhith Gân sees its first staging at the National Eisteddfod, a co-production with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru directed by Sara Lloyd. Rhith Gân, an adaptation/development of Gareth Bonello’s album, Y Bardd Anfarwol, won last year’s Drama Medal at last year’s Eisteddfod. Wyn Mason is Senior Lecturer in Video Production at the University of South Wales and member of the Media Music Drama research group.

Read Lowri Cooke’s review on Art Scene in Wales.

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