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Byline: MARK BRITTAIN

A NEW, week-long classical music festival, with a definite emphasis on Welsh music, is to be launched in Caernarfon on September 18.

The line-up includes Bernard Roberts, my pianist of the moment Llyr Williams, Gwyn Hughes Jones, and Celticana - plus there will be a performance of the Karl Jenkins' Requiem by the Welsh Chamber Orchestra and Voces Angelicae, of which I have written before, at Galeri Creative Arts Centre on Friday September 23.

I hope to be able to bring you more details next week.

Meanwhile I was given a bum steer about the forthcoming Jenkins Requiem tour when I was informed it would be accompanied by the piece commissioned for the Wales Millennium Centre, In These Stones Horizons Sing.

This was a mistake. In These Stones will not be performed at any of the tour stops, but it'll still be an amazing concert anyway and, who knows, Jenkins may yet turn up to conduct it himself.

Elsewhere, news reaches me of an exciting exhibition of new works by Cardiff-based landscape artist Rowan Huntley, entitled Eternal Landscape - the National Parks of Wales. This is not unlike, it its own way, the amazing American Sublime, which was shown at Tate Britain in 2002 Eternal Landscape will benefit the Council for National Parks, the national charity that works to protect and enhance the National Parks of Wales and England.

The show, at Electric Mountain, Llanberis, from next Monday for three weeks, depicts and celebrates the beauty and diversity of the Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire national parks, featuring mountains, waterfalls, moorland and sea cliffs.

The climber Sir Chris Bonington, an honorary life vice president of the CNP, says: "This exhibition is an exciting and innovative way to highlight the importance of our National Parks and the vital work of CNP. Visually captivating, it uniquely demonstrates the essential need for the continued protection of these and other such areas in the UK."

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Date:Sep 2, 2005
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