John Wilson, newly appointed principal conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, talks about his love of MGM musicals and his plans for the orchestra. As Jamaica once again sends a team to the Winter Olympics, we talk to one of the original 1988 Jamaican bobsled team, who were the inspiration for the Disney movie Cool Runnings. And Brenda travels to Swords, County Dublin, to meet a woman with her own unique line of jewellery - jewellery made of horse hair!
Tomorrow evening John Wilson makes his eagerly anticipated début as Principal Conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. The performance will be a Hollywood Rhapsody with scores from America’s “Golden Age” of film.
CONCERT ONE: Hollywood Rhapsody with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Thursday 30 January, 8pm, National Concert Hall
The 20th Century Fox Fanfare provides a swaggering opening to an evening packed with amazing music from Robin Hood, Casablanca, Ben-Hur, Psycho, Citizen Kane and more, not least an exhilarating Tom and Jerry medley that raised the roof of the Royal Albert Hall.
With guest vocalists Matthew Ford, Venera Gimadieva and Anna-Jane Casey.
CONCERT 2: Essential Classics, Thursday 27 February, 8pm National Concert Hall
Join the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and conductor John Wilson for a journey through some of the best – and best-loved – classical music of the past 150 years. Programme
Rossini William Tell Overture Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 Lehár Gold and Silver Waltz Barber Adagio for Strings Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919 version)
CONCERT 3: That’s Entertainment! A Tribute to MGM Film Musicals, RTÉ Concert Orchestra with Matthew Ford & Anna-Jane Casey, guest vocalists, Wednesday 19 March, 8pm at the National Concert Hall
On this programme we are always delighted to mention and support new and innovative business ideas, everything for interviewing a hopeful entrepreneur on Dragon’s Den to giving a mention to people who have put themselves out there and taken a risk...
And today is no exception. We were contacted by a jewellery company called Gemosi and they make lovely bracelets and necklaces. Nothing out of the ordinary there, EXCEPT, their jewellery is made from the finest quality horsehair!
Brenda Donohue went to investigate...
For more details, visit http://www.gemosi.com/.
In 9 days from now skiers, skaters, sledders and snowboarders may well be dominating the sports news around the world as the Winter Olympics get underway. The Games take place in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in Russia.
More than 80 nations will compete in Sochi including countries with a strong tradition in winter sports like Germany, Norway and Russia.
But there are also a number of countries taking part which you wouldn’t readily associate with sports like Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Hockey and Figure Skating. Countries like Brazil, Zimbabwe and Thailand which rarely, if ever, see snow.
Fergus Sweeney gives us a flavour of some of the sports and some of the unlikely Olympians who will feature.
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Hedgerows and the Law
Hedgerows in Ireland form important features in maintaining wildlife diversity and in establishing wildlife "corridors", particularly for birds. The commonest nesting birds found in hedgerows such as wrens, dunnocks, robin and willow warblers depend entirely on insects during the Summer months. In general untrimmed, thorned hedgerows containing species such as blackthorn, whitethorn and holly are favoured by birds as they provide ample food and also serve as a protection against predators.
Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the 2000 Act, provides protection for hedgerows by providing that it shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions. It is important that, where possible, necessary work to hedgerows is carried out outside this period.
It is possible in most cases to schedule and carry out necessary work to hedgerows outside this period. The legislation makes provision for works (other than road or other construction works) to be carried out for reasons of public health and safety under the authority of any Minister or a body established by statute that lead to the destruction of vegetation. There is also a provision to enable the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to request from the relevant Minister or body details of any such works together with a statement of the public health and safety factors involved.
It shall not be an offence to destroy vegetation in the ordinary course of agriculture or forestry. Also it shall not be illegal to destroy vegetation while preparing or clearing a site for lawful building or construction works.
It is the policy of the Minister to prosecute for offences under section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000 and successful prosecutions have been taken under this section in recent years. Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local wildlife ranger and report instances where hedgerows are being destroyed during the prohibited period.
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