Peter Pan, the timeless story by J.M. Barrie which has entered into folklore through countless iterations and adaptations, is finally set for the UK operatic stage thanks to the Welsh National Opera. Starring the award winning vocals of Iestyn Morris in the title role, the innovative staging and production of the traditional tale by Olivier Award winning director Kieth Warner, who has worked closely with British composer Richard Ayres and librettist Lavinia Greenlaw, represents a faithful but original adaptation of the classic story.
Positioned as a genuine route for youngsters into Opera, the star of a show of this magnitude has to be a perfect fit – one found in the inimitable talents of Iestyn Morris.
A former winner of the Tracey Chadwell Award for contemporary song and also winner of the Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition, Morris has performed at the top level from a young age. His reputation within the industry is such that he was specially invited to return to the latter for its centenary, as a member of the prestigious judging panel.
Enjoying a career that has seen him perform throughout Europe at some of the most revered venues in the world, Iestyn Morris, who created the role giving its world premiere in Stuttgart, is hugely excited to be recreating such a well-loved character, this time in a new co-production between WNO and Komische Oper Berlin, in what will be the UK English language premiere. In London alone Morris has appeared at Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, as well as in recital at various locations across the capital, including concerts with The King’s Consort. Now, with ‘Peter Pan’ set to take flight once more in Morris’ capable hands, it marks the latest chapter in a stellar career.
This journey has seen Iestyn Morris perform with some of the most exciting and challenging roles in the Opera world (see below for credited highlights), and will now see him step into the magical world of J.M. Barrie’s Neverland as the iconic Peter Pan. It’s a spectacle not to be missed.
Iestyn Morris career highlights: In opera, Iestyn Morris performed Pisandro and Human Frailty IL RITORNO D’ULISSE and Ferdinand DUCHESS OF MALFI for English National Opera, Pleasure in Gerald Barry’s THE TRIUMPH OF BEAUTY AND DECEIT for Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Ferdinand in the new production of Torsten Rasch’s DUCHESS OF MALFI at the Städtische Theater, Chemnitz, Medoro ORLANDO FURIOSO for Theater Basel, title role in the world premiere of Richard Ayres’ PETER PAN and the world première of Jennifer Walshe’s DIE TAKTIK for Staatstheater Stuttgart, HERCULES for De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, the world premières of HOTEL DE PEKIN (the role of Anzi) and WAKE (Tom Boxer) for Nationale Reisopera, Anzi HOTEL DE PEKIN at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Alessandro TOLOMEO, Spirit DIDO AND AENEAS, Shepherd ORFEO and Historicus in Carissimi’s JEPHTE for English Touring Opera, Troll Princess EAST O’THE MOON & WEST O’THE SUN for Tete-a-tete, THE DEATH BY FIRE OF GIORDANO BRUNO for Heresy Records on tour in Ireland, the title role in the English language premiere of Jonathan Dove’s THE LITTLE GREEN SWALLOW for the GSM&D and Max Labouchère in Roger Scruton’s VIOLET for Guildhall Theatre Opera,
Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff - Saturday 16 & Saturday 23 May 6.30pm; Sunday 31 May 4pm
Birmingham Hippodrome - Thursday 11 June 7.15pm
Royal Opera House London - Friday 24 & Saturday 25 July 2015 7.30pm
The first is Wise Water , Is really up beat and has a catchy electric guitar riff. As well as the drum beat also being catchy, has quite an old school feel to it for rock of its genre. Really nice intro to “Halfway Home”
Next Song is Waste My Time , The vocals are very good and strong in this track as well as catchy, and the guitar riff is also really catchy. The drum beat in this track helps to make everything flow together in this track.
New Day starts off a bit more slowly paced compared to the previous tracks, and soon picks up pace when the chorus drops. The lyrics and vocals are the main piece in this song but the guitar and drum back the vocals up as well as there also being a guitar solo to end the song.
Half Way Home probably one of the slowest tracks in the album as well as being the main one. Only again, switch up pace at the chorus. The guitar is really good in this song again having a really nice solo to it.
Motherload has a really great guitar riff, nice rhythm on the drums and strong vocals and lyrics to round this song off. The chorus is catchy and rounds off the track towards the end.
Preacher starts of slow paced again, but soon jumps up as soon as the chorus is dropped. The vocals and lyrics are what lead this song. As well as the guitar providing mesmerizing riffs throughout.
Something Someone is the slowest pace song in the album, but it conveys a lot through the vocals and lyrics in terms of emotions. The guitar solo is also mesmerizing.
Sweet Little Secret: the guitar and drum as well as the vocals being very strong on this track. The chorus is also very catchy but is slower then other chorus’s in this album.
No Excuse starts of slower paced then the majority of the tracks in this album, but like “Something Someone” there is a lot of emotion in the vocals and lyrics. But starts to pick up pace roughly about half way through the track.
Good on Me is definitely more upbeat, and has a catchy chorus and guitar riff. The drum helps to keep rhythm and set the pace in this song.
Words I Never Said : The vocals are strong in this song and it would need to be being the last song. Nice song to round of a highly anticipated album.
To conclude Bad Touch “Half Way Home” Is a really good album, which has an old school feel in terms of the melodic riffs along with the vocals and drums.Links:
Getting ready for its 14th year, Twinwood Festival is the original and best festival celebrating the style and music of the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s. Last year, they launched the inaugural, national search for MR & MISS VINTAGE UK, and thanks to the huge success of that competition they are all set to search for their 2015 winners.
The only event of its kind, the contest will celebrate those people who best represent the iconic styles of the era, with prizes to be won from Twinwood Events, Vivien of Holloway, Vintage Life Magazine, and more!
Offering a unique chance for candidates to show off their vintage hair-dos, make up, clothes and accessories, the competition has just launched with the finals scheduled to take place on Sunday 30th August as part of the excellent vintage weekend Twinwood Festival.
The presenter of the awards this year is actress and singer Anita Harris, the legendary chart topping singer, dancer, and film actress.
Once again, the judging panel will be lead by vintage style icon Lola Lamour herself.
Well established on the vintage circuit, Lola Lamour is old school style personified. With her incredible knowledge of all things vintage and her dedication to living the lifestyle she is the perfect head judge and presenter in the search for Mr Vintage UK 2015 and Miss Vintage UK 2015. Lola will also be providing exclusive hair and make up tutorials in the run up to the event.
Lola will also be Joined by her co-judges Dusty Limits and Mark Ewing.
A unique competition, Miss Vintage UK and Mr Vintage UK is purely a style competition and age and body shape are not a factor – simply the ability to capture the spirit of the era.
How to Enter
We'll then publish these on our Facebook page - the top forty ladies and top twenty gents receiving the most likes from the public will then go into the second round where the judges will decide which ten ladies and five gents are to go forward to the finals at Twinwood Festival 2015!
Brought to life by the animation skills of World renowned Superstar Pets, Herbie Hound is a new animated series following the adventures of adorable Herbie – a French breed of pup with a British upbringing whose very special character ‘specialness’ comes out when things get exciting!
Superstar Pets, have previously worked on animations for BBC Children in Need, Simon Cowell and Michael Ball among others. They are the only company in the World who create movies using this animation technique, using the unique approach of animating photos to talk and sing, lending an extra layer of charm to Herbie Hound’s adventures.
The series is the brainchild of Vicky Brook, a mother whose life took a dramatic turn when she had to unexpectedly give up a six-figure executive salary and high powered job to care full time for her youngest daughter Florence.
Florence, now 16, has had complex medical and mental health needs since the age of just six weeks, while older sister Emily, 21, was diagnosed at 17 with Addisons Disease.
Over the years, Vicky has relied heavily on the help of Birmingham Children’s Hospital for support with Florence, Vicky is also very excited that the Dogs Trust are supporting the project, acknowledging the important therapeutic role that family dogs can have in times of distress, and in her search for ideas to give something back for all their hard work she hit upon the concept of an animated series starring their very own family dog Herbie.
“Dogs Trust is delighted to be teaming up with Herbie Hound. He has been an amazing companion and friend to Vicky and her children and demonstrates the bond between us and our dogs. The tale of Herbie will hopefully provide a happy distraction for hundreds of children whilst in hospital and bring a smile to their faces, just as it did ours.” –Hannah Baker, Dogs Trust
The series will be launched in London with the help of Pop Star Natasha Hamilton of Atomic Kitten who was touched by Vicky’s tale:
“I heard about Vicky’s story, and the inspiration behind creating this very special Herbie Hound character, it really struck a chord with me. When I saw the first animated episode I was blown away, it’s wonderful. I’m really pleased and excited to be asked to help with the launch and the series deserves to be a great success”
To launch Herbie Hound’s story, Natasha will be available for photo opportunity and interview at the Dorchester Hotel in London on the 16th April 11.0 am – 1.0 pm.
The animated series will also be accompanied by storybooks starring Herbie Hound on his many adventures.
All ten episodes of the new series will be available to purchase on the Herbie Hound website, shortly followed by the story books, with a percentage of the proceeds going to Dog’s Trust & Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
And with plans also underway for a merchandising range, these 10 Herbie Hound adventures are just the beginning!
Teaser :Herbie Teaser
Website: Herbie Websire
The first track Dream, is the most upbeat song of the EP and also the main song. The production of the EP is done by Rishi Rich. He is an pioneer of Indian R-N-B fusion so has a lot of experience under his belt with production. And Dream is no different, but different and unique to its genre with an Indian spice to it.
Runaway is the next track in the EP which is a bit down beat compared to the previous song. Good production, but that’s expected! Vocals are also very good in this track conveying and portraying emotion well.
Let It Burn again, the vocals convey and portray emotion well like the previous song. Another slower production by Rishi Rich in this track. Good song does well to flow between the two tracks almost as if it’s the same narrative.
Chase the Sun is the last song on the EP, and is a lot more upbeat and joyful then the previous 2 tracks ending the EP on a high note.
Overall Serena New EP “Dream” is a creative and unique Pop with soul elements to it. Her culture and background just adds more spice and flare to her music. Each song is experiences in her life which give the EP a relatable sort of feel to it and the production is done by a Pioneer of the genre. What you get is the a new hit EP “Dream”!
A Manchester based Songwriter and singer who has the laidback nature of Jack Johnson and the authentic song writing sound of Paul Simon. What you are left with is Ben Williams. With his debut album being 7 years in the making he wrote along the lines of 60 songs so you can definitely tell he picked the best from the bunch! Hold Your Fire is a song with a really chill vibes and a really nice guitar melody being played. It is the newest song to be released from the upcoming album. He was described by Ken Nelson (From Coldplay) as” an excellent guitarist and great to have around on a recording session”. Hearing that from a veteran of the genre must have done wonders for Ben Williams’s confidence, but he always appears humble and passionate about his music. It shows through all his music how passionate he is about his music, songwriting and guitar!
As soon as the album plays you are greeted with the track: A Blanket of Misery Laced with Threads of Hope . Which is an intro that get’s the album kicked off with a lot of pauses and acoustic guitar playing. Kicking the album off with a lot of suspense for the second track in the album.
The second track: Alibi , Starts with strong vocals and a nice light drum beat. Until it kicks in and the drum starts. The drum beat is very good throughout the whole song creating the pace and atmosphere. As well as the vocals and lyrics. The bass guitar is also very good in this song. Overall good way to open with the first proper track.
The Third Track is: Spank the Daemon . Again this song starts of nice, slow and light with the guitar and soon drops to a faster paced song as soon as the drum beat drops. But has its intervals of light drum beats and guitar along with nice strong vocals that maintain the same level of volume as the instruments. Towards the end there is a really nice guitar solo after that it starts being slower and calmer into the end.
The Forth Track: Between Storms . Is the main song in the album and prior to the previous songs it takes less time to kick in to full pace. But it starts of with a really nice violin along with guitar. And soon drops in with a really nice drum beat which again picks the pace for the song. It does have occasional intervals with the violin playing. With this track the orchestra of instruments just back the vocalist as she is definitely the main attraction in this song.
The Fifth Track: You , kick in with again a nice drum beat and guitar. But the vocalist’s voice really shines through in this song. As she hits the notes in her voice perfect. And again the orchestra of instruments they have to back her vocals surprises me how they are used so well.
The Sixth Track: Dick . Is the most fast paced vocals wise song. But it does have its interval when the chorus comes in to slow down the pace a bit. This is definitely the most aggressive highest tempo song in the album
The Seventh Track: Head . Is the most constant paced song in the album. The vocals are good as well as the instrumentals. The chorus is very catchy in this song. Probably due to how many times it is sung.
The Eighth Track: Endure . This track has a very good build up right until the end when it starts to pick up the tempo. The vocals are again really good being backed by the instruments. The lyrics are also really good.
The Ninth Track: Sea Song . Is the longest track in the album, and could have been 2 songs. One half being calm, up until halfway through when it starts to pick up the pace. The guitar is really good in the second half as well the drum beat to accompany it.
The Tenth Track: Rushing (Live). Rushing is definitely the most unique in terms of instruments and how it sounds. The vocals are very strong in the track leading the instruments. A very nice track to round up the album with a BANG.
The album keltrix between storms is a good album which has a lot of replay value to it due to the fact that no song starts and finishes the same giving it a whole lot of versatility to it. It is also Versatile in the way that It picks up pace or slows the pace wherever it pleases in a track.
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Preacher are a Scottish 8 piece band who have their very own take on melodic progressive. With their main influence being Pink Floyd, they are updating psychedelic rock tropes in a modern day setting. They were also the first unsigned act to headline the ABC102 in Glasgow! And with their single “Jupiter to Mars” you can see exactly why. The vocals are really good being quite metaphorical. The guitar is really good as well as the piano. The drum beat soon drops in; the song is relatively inspirational saying there isn’t any limit in trying to achieve a goal/target and to believe. That may be why preacher are soaring ahead with a single to be released “Jupiter to mars” on April the 6th and a album titled “Signals” April 13th!
Following on from the anti-drugs single “Just Say No”, which featured Kumar Sanu who is a vocal veteran with 69 awards under his belt. It’s easy to see that Shannon K get’s her musical talent through her genes and passion for music from her father. But she won’t walk in her Fathers shadow as the new single shows that she has found her very own sound. Residing in pop, with social awareness being the biggest influence. She provides a good voice for the younger generation. She has all the tools and support she needs to be up for her own awards! “Just Another Boy” is a single about the younger generation and how they don’t care about breaking someone’s heart. But what comes around goes around.Check It Out on iTunes