Chairman’s Message 2017

Dear Festival Goers,

Well,  the 26th Tenby Arts Festival 2017, 23rd – 30th September was a huge success with ever bigger audiences for all our events.

The festival opened with a flourish to music provided by a Brass Ensemble followed by a Samba Band both of which created an exciting start to our week’s entertainment.
There was the return of some old favourites such as the Pint Sized Plays but many new items as well.
The first weekend, “Cantemus!” returned under the baton of Mike Cotham with a scratch choir singing The Armed Man by Carl Jenkins and Fauré’s Requiem. The ever-popular Tenby Male Choir which has performed in every festival since it started gave a sensational performance in St Mary’s Church on Thursday 28th.
The afternoon talks have always proved very popular. Jo Hammond gave a fascinating talk, on Audrey Hepburn an actress who needs no introduction.  Popular local artist Graham Hadlow gave a workshop on watercolour techniques. Artist Guy Manning gave a talk about his year working on a project to paint a postcard a day. George Hancock presented a talk on War in Burma. Other talks included one on the women secret agents of World War II to another about the Tapestries of Hampton Court. We were also told all about St Helena, the island in the South Atlantic where Napoleon was exiled and which one person at least believes to be the island of Shakespeare’s Tempest.
Our Rising Stars Concert featured the winners of the Gregynog Young Musician of the Year. These young musicians are talented beyond their years; playing with maturity and virtuosity. As are the Kanneh-Mason youngsters, they returned again this year with a wonderful repertoire.
Wednesday evening featured Horia Vacarescu on violin with Shwan Sebastian playing piano. They are both international music stars from Romania.
Bob Fish & Holly Robinson from Narberth wowed the night away with their rock folk music and on the final night we had a Belgian swing jazz band called the Moochers.
There were many free events too, such as Poetry Please at Caffè Vista and writing workshops in the Library Hall. and our ever-popular sandcastle competition as well as art exhibitions.
Not to be missed was the Silent Film Night which featured the work of film pioneer William Haggar; the evening included a light supper. Another fascinating event was the talk and lunch at Penally Abbey.


A big thank you to you all for coming

Rosemary Rhys Davies, Chairman