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 had 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
Some highlights from the Festival of 2016
A Night of Romantic Opera
The acclaimed company Swansea City Opera (formerly Opera Box) returned with a captivating show transporting audiences into the world of Romantic Opera. An enchanting evening of arias and ensembles accompanied by piano and performed by a carefully selected cast of singers from the major national and international opera houses singing music from some of the most loved composers including Puccini, Verdi, Bizet, Mozart and many more.
Were we created in our present form by intelligent design, or did we evolve from earlier species? If we evolved, then how and when? Are we still evolving, and if so how will we end up? Are there other creatures with high intelligence outside our planet, or are we unique in that respect? George examined the theories, explained the arguments and helped us reach our own conclusions. Food for thought and even surprises.
“I can do something that no one else on a planet of 7 billion people can.” a talk from the man who engraved the Lord’s Prayer on the head of a pin.
A talk about the famous American-Parisian jazz singer of the twenties and thirties who was notorious for having danced in a skirt made of bananas.
It was great fun but she had a serious side too. We found out about her courage working for the Resistance during World War II and her fight against racism.
Coffee shops and tooth worm, smuggling and mouseskin eyebrows…amid the fascinating trivia of mid-eighteenth century life, Mary Cowper De Grey recounted the true story of a group of Ladies of Quality, who determined to make Shakespeare fashionable. The success of the Shakespeare Ladies Club echoes down the centuries. Mary also had a very personal tale to recount – her involvement with a young and ambitious would-be actor named… David Garrick.
London in the mid-1700’s : vivacity and prosperity, marvels and great achievements in art and science. When the first steps were taken to quell the squalor and brutality of life for the poor. And women were not staying at home, or keeping quiet…
The Georgian era revealed – as Mrs Cowper De Grey (and guest) entertained!
Winners of the Window Dressing Competition
2nd The Glass Shop
3rd The Shed
Congratulations to all who took part – a magnificent effort.
And special congratulations to our winner and runners-up.