Chairman’s Message 2019

Dear Festival Goers,

Welcome to Tenby Arts Festival with its dazzling array of events encompassing music, drama, art and talks.

This year we open the festival at 11am in Church House where the box office will be open and refreshments available. Meanwhile to start the week’s entertainment, buskers will take their free-wheeling music around the town.

The grand opening night showcases the music of Adèle and Robbie Williams brought to us by tribute artists Kathryn and Douggie.

Our programme will include some old favourites such as the Tenby Male Choir, Pint Sized Plays and Graham Hadlow’s Watercolour Workshop. Another festival perennial, our Rising Stars Concert will feature the winners of the Gregynog Young Musician of the Year. These young musicians are talented beyond their years; playing with maturity and virtuosity. The Trinity Singers; a group of up and coming young singers, post-graduate music students from Trinity College University of Wales, will be back to give a superb concert of arias, duets and choruses from favourite operas laced with interludes of great humour.

The afternoon talks are always very popular, George Hancock  will be talking on The Nude in Art, a topic which may prove even more popular than last year’s talk on wine. We will have Brother Gildas from Caldey Island speaking about “The Fall of the Medieval World – what really happened in Tenby during the Reformation”, while Susie Brooks will take us on a journey along the ancient Silk Road. Diana Darke, journalist, author and broadcaster who has worked many years in Syria will be talking about that country, past and present including her experiences renovating an Ottoman house in Damascus. Josephine Hammond will celebrate the centenary of Adelina Patti with a talk to include some of the singer’s favourite arias and a display of her costumes. Alison Neil is returning with one of her one-woman plays which are always so well written and so enjoyable. Her subject this year is Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 1179), a high-achieving woman centuries ahead of her time. While Gillian Clarke, one time National Poet of Wales will be talking about her poetry and reading from her collections of poems. And Phil Okwedy will be back with more of his heart-stopping stories. Don’t miss Pete Brown’s talk on beer which will also include sampling.

Musical events this year will include both jazz and classical music. As well as the Trinity Singers, Tenby Male Choir and our Rising Stars concert we have a piano concert from Alexander Ullman, the Steffan Morris Trio and the Hot Strings Café. Our grand finale this year will feature the Goodwick Brass Band with Bella Voce.


There will be many free events too, such as Poetry Please, and art exhibitions around the town.


Rosemary Rhys Davies,

Chairman, Tenby Arts Festival