A feast of talent at Tenby Arts Festival.

Tenby Arts Festival is now in its 23rd year and this year promises to be better than ever.

Boasting talented local performers and internationally acclaimed artists, choirs and seaside fun, the festival has something for everyone.  

This year the programme includes, a book fair, sea shanties, poetry workshop, scratch choir, sand sculpture event with cash prizes, jazz brunch, opera, drama, films, The Pint Size Plays, The Sydney Male Voice Choir, our very own Tenby Male Choir, classical music, gypsy violinists, interesting afternoon talks and, phew, if you still have the energy, a special Dylan Thomas Tribute Day marking the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth with poetry, words, film and music.

The scratch choir event, which last year was excellent, is the opening event on 20th September and the Tenby Arts Festival is calling all singers to take part in a performance of Haydn’s ‘The Creation’.

It’s a chance to sing under the direction of Will Dawes, a specialist in ancient music, in the beautiful surroundings of Tenby's mediaeval church, St. Mary's. Will Dawes is the Conductor of Bath Choral Society and he is to be joined by well-known soprano Sarah Benbow.  Exquisite architecture combined with exquisite music

Tuition and rehearsal will start at 2pm with a break for tea which be served at the church. The performance is at 7pm in St. Mary's Church, Tenby and there will be a charge of £7 for all participants and a refundable deposit of £5 for the sheet music.

The   ‘Gregynog Young Musician of the Year’ features three excellent young musicians.  This year the festival is delighted to welcome to Tenby the winner of the Gregynog Young Musician of the Year - Juliana Myslov, a very talented harpist, also Sheko Kanneh-Mason playing the cello and Elsie Thompson playing the flute.  This will be an outstanding afternoon concert featuring three of the UK’s most talented young musicians.  It could be a chance to see these performers before they hit the bigtime – which we are sure they will. NOTE: The event now starts at 3pm rather than the advertised 1pm on the 27th September.

Tickets can be bought on the day of the event but to be sure of a ticket they can be purchased in advance from the box office in St Mary’s Church House, or from any Pembrokeshire Tourist Information Centre. 

For a full programme listing visit the festival web site or if you have any queries, email tenbyartsfestival@yahoo.co.uk  

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Have a great time!

 I just got back from Wales and hiking the Pembrokeshire coast. Best vacation I have ever had. 
Beckie Large-Swope, Colorado

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