Some highlights from the Festival of 2017

The Silent Film Show

proved to be very popular, it Wm Haggar Haggars Bioscope 4featured 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.

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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

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A talk about Audrey Hepburn.



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by Greg Lewis

A talk about women secret agents during the Second World War.




World War II in Burma            Burma map

by George Hancock

A talk about this most harrowing theatre of the last world war with personal connections




An Evening with Jamie Owen                 jamie-owen-Image-004

Pembrokeshire’s very own celebrity of BBC Welsh News fame.

He talked about life, love and other things to entertain us all.



The Aftermath;

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.



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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


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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.


Horia Vacarescu & Shwan Sebastian                        Horia.2

A concert by a talented international violinist and pianist of international renown from Romania


A “splash of colour” in the classical music scene.

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Tenby Male Choir      2017-choir-group 2


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

2nd          Tenovus

3rd           Paul Sartori Shop

Congratulations to all who took part – a magnificent effort.

And special congratulations to our winner and runners-up.