The first weekend, “Cantemus!” returns under the baton of Welsh National Opera conductor, Alexander Martin, with a scratch choir group singing on the first Saturday. The festival would never be complete without choirs and in contrast to the classical oratorio the ever-popular Tenby Male Choir which has performed in every festival since it started in 1992.
On Sunday the 20th the team that brought you the musical presentation of Chopin’s life will return to present a life of Rachmaninoff. The script of “Variations in a Life” was written by Josephine Hammond and will be performed by Alberto Bona while international pianist Costas Fotopoulos will play some of Rachmaninoff’s wonderfully romantic music.
The afternoon talks have always proved very popular and the enticement of a home-made tea is an added incentive. Josephine Hammond is again giving one of her erudite talks, this year the subject is one of the most famous actresses of all time, Sarah Bernhardt.
Popular local artist Graham Hadlow will give his workshop on how to paint using the medium of water colour.
George Hancock will present a talk on English poetry and there will be others from the Houses of Parliament to dancing at the Moulin Rouge.
The regular feature of the festival the recital given by the Gregynog Young Musician of the Year is back. These young musicians are talented beyond their years; in line with last year the overall winner and two winners of their section will take part in an afternoon concert on Tuesday 22nd September.
Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins play a four-handed piano and the delightful flautist Catherine Hare giving concerts on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
Laurie Dale will give one of his popular entertainments, a mix of song, jokes and anecdotes to be accompanied by a slap-up tea.
In addition there are two plays this year, the first is brought to you by Alison Neil who has presented some wonderful one-woman dramas, the most recent being “The Fossil Lady of Lyme”. This year in view of the 150th anniversary of Mrs. Beeton the famous cookery and housekeeping writer she presents “Mrs Beeton, my Sister.” The other play is about Edith Nesbit who wrote many magical children’s stories including “The Railway Children”.
Tickets are still availble direct from the Tenby Arts Festival and from Tourist Information Centres across the county so why not book a few events, stay a while and explore Tenby in 48 hours