Sonata’s to Soprano’s - Fishguard International Music Festival

It’s not everyday you’re treated to the likes of Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi being played by some of the most talented musicians in the country- and it’s even rarer when it’s your home town!

Luckily for us Fishguard International Music Festival (FIMF) has been going on and was lifting the rafters from St. Peters Church in Goodwick to the Cathedral in St. Davids this week.

After their rousing performance on Monday afternoon, we caught up with musicians Alissa Margulis (violin), Per Nystrom (cello) and Peter Donohue (piano and artistic director of the festival), who were just off for a beach visit before heading home for a well-deserved rest! (Don’t worry- we gave them a few good beach tips from your #MyPembsPlace suggestions!)

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And as it turns out the chance to play in beautiful Pembrokeshire is as much a draw to the festival as is the chance to play with some very talented musicians.

Artistic directors Peter Donohue and Gillian Green were on site to tell us how much support the community of Fishguard and Goodwick have given the event,

‘Without them the festival wouldn’t work; it’s run by, and for, the people who live here.’

The festival is keen to promote local burgeoning talent too, with events held at local schools Ysgol Bro Gwaun and Ysgol Glannau Gwaun, with the local Goodwick Brass Band opening the festivities this year.

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Since it’s humble beginnings, FIMF has certainly grown and continues to expand- this year saw eleven days of events, hundreds of performers and thousands of spectators, in over 8 venues.

And with such a brilliant event in a fantastic setting it’s only right that it attracts such a high caliber of performer.

Time to book our tickets for next year we think!

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WEATHER
 This was my first visit to this part of the world, and I thought it was superb.  
Bill, Liverpool

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