Chairman’s Message 2017

Dear Festival Goers,

Welcome to the 26th Tenby Arts Festival 2017, 23rd – 30th September.

The festival will open with a flourish to music provided by a Brass Ensemble followed by a Samba Band both of which you can enjoy while chatting and drinking coffee in and around Church House.
We are presenting an exciting and varied programme with the return of some old favourites such as the Pint Sized Plays and many new items as well.
The first weekend, “Cantemus!” returns under the baton of Mike Cotham with a scratch choir singing The Armed Man by Carl Jenkins and Fauré’s Requiem. The festival would never be complete without choirs and in contrast to the classical oratorio we have the ever-popular Tenby Male Choir which has performed in every festival since it started and is in St Mary’s Church on Thursday 28th.
The afternoon talks have always proved very popular and the enticement of a home-made tea is an added incentive. Jo Hammond is again giving one of her fascinating talks, this year the subject is Audrey Hepburn an actress who needs no introduction. The afternoon includes tea and a screening of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” probably Hepburn’s most iconic film.Popular local artist Graham Hadlow will give a workshop on watercolour techniques. Artist Guy Manning will give a talk about his year working on a project to paint a postcard a day. George Hancock will present a talk on War in Burma and there will be other talks from one on the women secret agents of World War II to another about the Tapestries of Hampton Court. We will also be 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 features the winner 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 return again this year with a wonderful repertoire.
Wednesday evening features Horia Vacarescu on violin with Shwan Sebastian playing piano. They are both international music stars from Romania.
Bob Fish & Holly Robinson from Narberth will wow the night away with their rock folk music and on the final night we have a Belgian swing jazz band called the Moochers.
There are many free events too, such as Poetry Please at Caffè Vista and writing workshops in the Library Hall. and our ever-poplar sandcastle competition as well as art exhibitions.
Not to be missed is the Silent Film Night which features the work of film pioneer William Haggar; the evening includes a light supper. Another fascinating event is the talk and lunch at Penally Abbey when you can learn all about the history and restoration of this ancient building. Make sure you go to the De Valence Pavilion for the Première of Flyover Theatre Company’s new play “Taking Care of Business.” a great mix of music, comedy and pelvis swaying.

Read on for more details on all these and other events.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Rosemary Rhys Davies, Chairman