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First recording for WIAV student

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Chloe Morgan: Pictured with Catrin Finch and Nathan Lay

A STUDENT from UWTSD’s Wales International Academy of Voice has made her first record at Acapela recording studio after winning a competition hosted by the internationally acclaimed Ceredigion-born harpist Catrin Finch.

Chloe Morgan won first prize in Classical Café, a showcase evening hosted by Catrin Finch at Acapela, the converted chapel and recording studio in Cardiff. She represented WIAV along with Australian baritone Nathan Lay. Also competing were The Ibert Quintet and pianist George Fradley from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Participants were invited to perform a selection of pieces from their repertoire and the winner was chosen by the audience. Chloe said: “The evening was so refreshing. I was immersed in exams and coursework so it couldn’t have come at a better time. It was a relaxed and creative evening, being surrounded by young and very talented musicians, the effortlessly cool Catrin Finch and an eager audience who were there to be entertained. I chose repertoire that I love singing, a mixture of arias and musical theatre and I thoroughly enjoyed singing every note.”

Catrin said: “Classical Cafe is a relaxed evening celebrating young talent within the World of Classical music. We are grateful to the young musicians that come and perform so amazingly for the audience and it is always an evening to enjoy, meet fellow musicians and an opportunity for someone to get some studio time at the time of their choice. Chloe was one of four artists and groups that took part in the last cafe, and we’ve been looking forward to welcoming her back to Acapela for some recording.”

Euros Rhys Evans is the Academic Director of Wales International Academy of Voice. He said: I was delighted to hear of Chloe’s success – she’s a well-deserved winner and a singer of immense potential and talent. The Classical Café concept provides its winners with a golden opportunity as it enables the singers to record at the professional Acapela recording studio. All at WIAV send their congratulations and best wishes to Chloe.”

Chloe will also be giving a live performance at BBC’s Hoddinott Hall in the Wales Millennium Centre as part of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 competition on 14 June at 3pm. She will be performing along with other students studying under Pontarddulais-born tenor Dennis O’Neill at WIAV.

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Poison arrow frogs at New Scientist Live

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Dr Siu-Ting: Specialises in amphibians

​ABERYSTYWTH UNIVERISTY​ scientist Dr Karen Siu-Ting discuss​ed poison arrow frogs at New Scientist Live ​last Thursday ​(Sept ​28​).

Dr Siu-Ting is an IRC ELEVATE-MSCA Co-fund Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University.

Her research into poison arrow frogs feature​d​ as part of ‘Ask a Biologist’​,​ hosted by The Royal Society of Biology.

An evolutionary biologist from Peru,​​ Dr Siu-Ting specialises in amphibians and combines field work in the Amazon rainforest with laboratory and computational analyses to address biological questions.

She is currently working on a project on poison arrow frogs between Aberystwyth University and Dublin City University.

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Apply for six-month traineeship scheme

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Applications open: Join the National Park Authority’s Skills in Action traineeship scheme

​IF YOU’D like to earn as you learn hands-on skills to prepare you for a career in practical conservation or estate management, apply now for Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Skills in Action traineeship scheme.

The project, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future scheme, will provide two six-month salaried apprenticeships with the National Park Authority’s Ranger and Warden Teams.

Skills in Action Project Coordinator for Pembrokeshire Coast Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Tom Iggleden said: “The successful candidates will be learning the skills and experience that are essential to be successful in obtaining employment within a highly competitive sector.

“The main duties of the placement will include practical hands-on work-based experience in conservation and estate management.”

The six month traineeship will see the successful applicants learn a wide variety of skills including traditional hedgelaying and modern conservation methods that are essential to the work of the National Park Authority.

This is an extension to the original three-year project which has helped many of the 15 previous trainees gain employment​.​

The closing date for applications is October 2​4 with interviews to be held on November​ 6​.

Application packs are available from the National Park Authority’s website ​at​www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/jobs or by contacting contact Joanne Morgan by calling 01646 624856 or by emailing joannem@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk.

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Committee concerned at £12.7m error

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ALN Bill: Savings turn into costs

​A £12.7M alteration to the cost of the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill has been described as concerning by a National Assembly for Wales committee.

In the original figures submitted alongside the Bill the Welsh Government identified savings of £4.8m over a period of four years if the Bill was passed.

But the estimates were challenged by children’s charity SNAP Cymru which claimed the Welsh Government had misinterpreted figures it had provided concerning disputes and resolution services. The Welsh Government admitted the error and revised the figures from the original saving to a cost of £7.9m – a difference of £12.7m.

The Finance Committee asked the Welsh Government to delay the financial resolution on the Bill, the mechanism by which government gains support to spend the money enacting the law and the government agreed.

“A £12.7m swing from a saving to a cost is very concerning, as it shows a government which doesn’t fully understand the figures it quotes,” said Simon Thomas AM, Chair of the Finance Committee.

“It also throws into doubt any future costs connected to Bills which come before this committee as we are left wondering whether the government has done its sums right.

“We are grateful to SNAP Cymru for highlighting the inaccuracies and acknowledge the steps taken by the Minister subsequently, but we will need further reassurance that such errors will not happen again.”

The Bill’s aim is to improve the quality of support available to children with additional learning needs through a person-centred approach which would identify needs early on and make sure the right support, monitoring and evaluation was put in place to help them.

The Finance Committee welcomed the actions taken by the Welsh Government to address the situation. But Members were concerned and surprised that inaccuracies as significant as this were raised and that SNAP Cymru was not consulted on the final figures before they were published.

The Committee acknowledges that revisions have since been made and the Minister’s assurances that the revised figures are robust, however, it is concerned at the need to have made this level of changes to the original costings.

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