Some highlights from the Festival of 2017
The Silent Film Show
proved to be very popular, it featured films by local Cinema Pioneer William Haggar who began by showing movies but was soon creating his own films and whose work on chase scenes influenced the Keystone Cops among others.
We had many talks all of which were immensely popular and drew large audiences. Here are some pictures from them.
St Helena – Secret of the South Atlantic
by David Jeremiah OBE QC
A fascinating talk in which David expounds his theory that St Helena is the island in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”.
Fair Lady of Film
A talk about Audrey Hepburn.
by Greg Lewis
A talk about women secret agents during the Second World War.
by George Hancock
A talk about this most harrowing theatre of the last world war with personal connections
Pembrokeshire’s very own celebrity of BBC Welsh News fame.
He talked about life, love and other things to entertain us all.
the Book & the Movie
by Rhidian Brook
Trinity College Singers
A group of up and coming young singers, post graduate music students from University of Wales Trinity St David’s gave a superb concert of arias, duets and choruses from favourite operas: music by composers such as Gounod, Puccini, Bizet and others.
They are a trio of the most wonderful voices with an extremely accomplished pianist.
Tenor Freddie Jones
Soprano Chloë Morgan
Bass-Baritone Emyr Wyn Jones
Pianist Llyr Simon
These are the musical stars of the future.
Rising Stars Concert
Nakita Burzanitsa – piano, Willard Carter – cello, Chloe Ellen Jones – flute
A concert featuring the winners of the prestigious Gregynog Young Musicians Competition.
A concert absolutely not to be missed !
Each year the festival offers the opportunity to hear some of the UK’s most prodigiously talented young musicians. It was at this concert that Sheku Kanneh-Mason was first heard in Tenby – that was in 2014, two years later he won the BBC Young Musician 2016 competition. Sheku’s future as the most outstanding cellist of his generation now seems assured.
This year we were delighted to welcome Nakita Burzanitsa, piano, from Donetsk in the Ukraine, overall winner of the Gregynog competition. He was joined for the occasion by two brilliantly talented young British musicians – Willard Carter, cello, and Chloe Ellen Jones, flute – each of whom won their respective instrumental sections of the competition. All three were absolutely brilliant
The Kanneh-Mason family are no strangers to the festival, the phenomenally talented cellist Sheku (BBC Young Musician 2016) having first come to Tenby in 2014 on competing successfully at the prestigious Gregynog competition earlier that year (in relation to Gregynog, see ‘Rising Stars’ concert details, Saturday 30th September). Sheku was joined by his amazingly gifted siblings – Isata, Braimah, Jeneba, Konya and Aminata – at festival concerts in 2015 and again last year.
This year the festival featured the outstanding talents of the younger family members, Konya, Jeneba and Aminata. They will gave a dazzling concert – playing both individually and together – of music by, amongst others, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Chopin.
A concert by a talented international violinist and pianist of international renown from Romania
A “splash of colour” in the classical music scene.
Tenby’s very own traditional Welsh choir, ever popular with festival goers, returned again this year with a sparkling concert to delight all music fans.
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Goodwick Brass Band with the Bella Voce Singers
Winners of the Window Dressing Competition
1st Gift of Glass
3rd Paul Sartori Shop
Congratulations to all who took part – a magnificent effort.
And special congratulations to our winner and runners-up.