Death in the Ice Erebus_image

A talk by David Sanders


Three ships built in Pembroke Dock. Three Arctic expeditions. Three ships crushed in the ice. One hundred and eighty eight men set sail, just fifteen returned. Mistakes and mystery. Disaster, fortitude and sacrifice. Desperation, endurance, heroism and tragedy. A tale of ships lost in some of the most mysterious stories in the history of exploration. One was the Erebus pictured on the right.

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Church House
2pm – 3pm



 Here be Monsters – How Sea Charts & Navigational Maps Shaped our World.

A talk by Lt. Cdr. John Blake FRIN RN

Tenby chart by Lewis Morrsi

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John Blake was the previous Director of Licensing for the UK Hydrographic Office and author of The Sea Chart, Charts of War, Sea Charts of the British Isles, The Titanic Passenger’s Guide & HMS Belfast Pocket Manual.

To sail the oceans needed skill as well as courage and experience, and the sea chart with, where appropriate, the coastal view, was the tool by which ships of trade, transport or conquest navigated their course.


The Italian merchant-venturers of the early thirteenth century developed the earliest portulan pilot charts of the Mediterranean. The subsequent speed of exploration by European seafarers, encompassing the New World, the extraordinary voyagScreen Shot 2018-04-05 at 13.46.05es around the Cape of Good Hope and the opening up of the trade to the East, India and the Spice Islands were both a result of the development of the sea chart and additionally as an aid to that development. By the eighteenth century the discovery and charting of the coasts and oceans of the globe had become a strategic naval and commercial requirement. Such involvements led to Cook s voyages in the Pacific, the search for the Northwest Passage and races to the Arctic and Antarctic.

Church House

4pm – 5pm




Pint Sized Plays



A regular favourite at Tenby Arts Festival for ten years now, Pint-sized Plays are short 5-10 minute plays actually performed in the bar areas of Tenby pubs. All winners of an international writing competition, the plays will be performed free of charge in six Tenby pubs over two nights, with three plays per pub. Some are thought-provoking, some funny, some downright hilarious… but all worth watching. So get yourself a drink and make sure you catch them at the following venues:

Monday September 24
7.30 pm: Normandie, Upper Frog Street
8.30 pm: Hope & Anchor, St Julian Street
9.30 pm: The Crown, Lower Frog Street


There is a second chance to see them tomorrow night, Tuesday 25th.


Viv McLean in  Concert       img_0672

Pianist Viv McLean returns to the festival with an exciting programme of music to delight us all. His programme will include pieces by Bach, Schubert, Beethoven, Chopin and Gershwin.

Winner of the First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Viv McLean has performed at all the major venues in the UK as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. Viv’s concerto work includes appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, Orchestra of the Swan, London Concert Orchestra, Scottish Concert Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Viv studied from an early age with Ruth Nye and after attending Chetham’s School of Music he went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne. At the Academy he held the Hodgson Fellowship and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 2005. He made his Wigmore Hall recital debut through winning the Friends of the Royal Academy Wigmore Award. Whilst studying at the Academy, he was the piano winner at the Royal Overseas-League Music Competition and was selected as one of three winners of the National Federation of Music Societies’ Young Artists Competition, leading to various recitals and concerto appearances throughout Great Britain.

Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 since making his recital debut through the BBC Radio 3 Young Artists Forum scheme and has also recorded for Classic FM, WDR Radio in Germany, Radio France, ABC Radio in Australia, NRK Radio in Norway and for the Sky Arts television channel. His commercial releases include recordings for such labels as Sony Classical Japan, Naxos, Nimbus, RPO Records and ICSM Records.

St Mary’s Church
7.30pm – 9.30pm



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