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.

The young performers invited to Tenby in September have successfully competed in the Gregynog Young Musician competition held earlier in April. This competition has become a launching pad for the UK’s brightest and best young musical talents (there is no minimum age but competitors must not be older than 18). The prestigious Gregynog competition was founded in 2005. Since then its reputation has grown steadily.

Each year we attend the event at Gregynog Hall to hear all the winners of the five instrumental sections compete to become overall competition winner. This overall winner is always invited to the festival together with one or more of the section winners. The concert is always a marvellous occasion and a definite highlight of the festival. Please join us in supporting these rising stars of the musical firmament.

This year we are delighted to welcome Nakita Burzanitsa, piano, from Donetsk in the Ukraine, overall winner of the Gregynog competition. He is 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.

St Mary’s Church

2 – 3.45pm


The Aftermath;

the Book & the Movie

by Rhidian Brook

imagesA talk about his latest book.

Rhidian is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 “Thought for the Day”. He is a novelist, screenwriter and broadcaster with four highly successful novels to his name. “The Aftermath” is set in post war Germany.


Church House

4 – 5pm





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Band Biography
Goodwick Brass was originally formed in 1911 by Mr Lake the headmaster of the local school, sadly nearly a quarter of a century later despite surviving the war years, for reasons unknown the band later disbanded in around 1936. Fortunately, the band was reformed in 1987 by John Evans and since then has grown from strength to strength, it now has both an active senior band, community band and youth band which takes its membership from a wide cross section of the community from all over Pembrokeshire.
The Band has seen increasing success in the contest arena having recently been promoted to the Championship section and also celebrating another important step to the top levels of British competition after coming runners up in the Senior Trophy competition at Blackpool’s prestigious invitation-only Spring Festival in 2016.
As well as their growing acclaim on the concert stage, the band rounded off a tremendous string of achievements in 2015 by becoming National Championships of Great Britain (1st Section) at Cheltenham along with Matthew Jenkins once again being named Welsh Conductor of the Year principally for his commitment to developing new young brass talent.
The band is very proud of their achievements over the years and as an established competition band have competed in both regional and national competitions, with some notable successes.
Musical Director Bio
Musical Director Matthew Jenkins has been voted Welsh brass banding’s Conductor of the Year on two occasions, first in 2012 and more recently in 2015.
Matthew started playing the euphonium at eight and his reputation grew as he progressed through Fishguard High School and the county musical ensembles right up to the National Youth Brass Band of Wales and European Youth Brass Band.
He was a part of many prestigious title-winning performances as a member of The Cory Band while studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
As well as working with his brother Luke, Chairman Tony Evans and Secretary Mike Hughes to secure the future of the band, Matthew also conducts the Pembrokeshire County Youth Brass Band and has led them to win in the National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in Manchester.
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The choir consists of 16 women who are nearly all music teachers. They sang alongside singer and Classic FM presenter Aled Jones in a recent concert at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea.
Bella Voce – whose name means ‘beautiful voice’ – prides itself on its eclectic repertoire and signature collection of brightly-coloured shoes.
They have been delighting audiences throughout Pembrokeshire and beyond since they were formed three years ago, and have been selected to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in 2018 in the Welsh Association of Male Choirs’ Festival of Massed Voices.
St Mary’s Church
7.00 -9pm

An Evening of Mindless Drivel


‘An Evening of Mindless Drivel’ is the brainchild of two Tenby Authors Nicky Lloyd and Lance Russell is an evening that touches every emotion and reaches every corner of that little thing we call Entertainment. Comedy Sketches, Performance Poetry, Professional Storytelling and Local Storytelling, Music, Jokes and audience participation . . . It will make you laugh, it will make you cry and it will make you sing and cheer along to what appears to be organised chaos!
Suitable for adults only and will contain strong language.  
Please note – This venue is on the first floor and is only accessible  via steps.  The performance will be filmed to show on YouTube 

Tenby Ex Serviceman’s Club, St Florence Parade, Tenby

8 – 11pm 

Tickets £7.50.   (Please note: Tickets are for sale from the box office but are not  part of the season ticket offer.)



The Moochers – Belgian Swing Jazz Band     Moochers_dancing_hires

Internationally acclaimed and Belgium based, The Moochers, were formed four years ago by sax and clarinet player Dan McBrearty. McBrearty is joined by Seppe Van Tillborg guitar, Seba Thome bass, and Tom Lambrecht drums. They play mostly swing jazz and bebop but some of McBrearty’s original songs also find their way into the set. While the style of their music sits comfortably in the swing genre, the substance of their playing certainly isn’t a copy of any historical predecessors; it’s a gorgeous, freshly minted sound, personal, original, vibrant and foot tappingly enjoyable. Don’t miss them!

“Mc Brearty’s unforced, dreamy, liquid clarinet is pure delight”


Church House

9.15pm …… till late





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