Penally Abbey Lunch & Talk

The Abbey is one of Tenby’s oldest and most prestigious hotels and restaurants. The talk will focus on the preservation and re-decoration of the this lovely and ancient building.

Penally Abbey, Penally            


Tickets £12.00






The Secret Life of Morris & Co at Hampton Court Palace

A talk by Graham Goode                                Screen Shot 2017-05-01 at 12.33.58

The man who spent much of his working life in the great buildings of the Nation, returns to the festival by popular demand to give a fascinating insight into life in the Royal Palace, the involvement of William Morris in the King’s Wardrobe and the development of tapestry conservation there, particularly in the 1980’s.

Highlighting many of Henry VIII’s massive wall-hangings, Graham will talk about their use in Tudor times, and the cleaning and upkeep over the past 500 years. He describes from personal experience the great fire of 1986 which caused so much damage to national treasures, the aftermath and the painstaking restoration of priceless fire damaged artefacts.


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 Horia Vacarescu                         Horia.2

A concert by this most talented violinist from Romania


A “splash of colour” in the classical music scene, Horia Vacarescu’s unencumbered approach to music combined with an intrinsic mastery of the instrument evokes a past, yearned for era. His performances are always received with enthusiasm and hailed by audiences and critics alike. He has been called “a great talent” and his music described as “exhilarating”. Born in Romania to a musical family, Horia started playing the violin at the age of three. When he was six he made his first public appearance and at fifteen he performed for the first time in the company of a symphony orchestra. He studied both at the National Music University in Bucharest and the Royal College of Music in London and his most influential teachers were Paul Ratz, Eugene Sarbu and Levon Chilingirian. Presently, Horia is enjoying an international career as a soloist and chamber musician. He has established a good reputation in his adoptive UK as well as in his native Romania, where he plays regularly at some of the most important venues. Concert engagements have taken him to four continents, from Europe to the Americas (North & South) and the Far East. He has performed with numerous orchestras and his repertoire extends from the classics to contemporary composers. Although now based in London, Horia returns regularly to perform in his native Romania, where he collaborated with some of the most prestigious orchestras, including the Radio and the National Philharmonic Orchestras of Bucharest. He has recorded for the Romanian Broadcast Corporation and has appeared on several occasions in live broadcast shows. Horia has been a guest at music festivals in England, France, Greece, Romania, Switzerland and Wales; among these, The Brighton Festival, The City of London Festival, Chilingirian ChamberFest, The Newbury Spring Festival, The Tenby Arts Festival, The Nuova Musica Consonante, The Fimu Festival and The Verbier Festival. He has performed for Their Royal Majesties King Mihai I of Romania and Queen Ana, and at the White House in the USA. Last year he represented his country at the European Cultural Week in Brazil. As a chamber musician, Horia appeared in the company of some esteemed colleagues like Gérard Caussé, Alexander Chaushian, Richard Harwood, Julian Jacobson, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Constantin Sandu, Alexander Sitkovetsky and the Chilingirian Quartet. Contact: Tel: UK: +44 (0) 786 355 1367 RO: +40 721 616 047 reviewed –

Horia will be accompanied on the piano by Shawn Sebastian from Bucharest. Shwan is a very talented pianist and composer who studied in both Romania and Switzerland. He has won many prestigious international prizes.                          Screen Shot 2017-05-01 at 12.01.46


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