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Watercolour Techniques

Graham Hadlow, well known and popular local artist will give a talk on watercolour techniques with some practical demonstration.

Graham is also donating one of his paintings “Rising Tide” to be raffled to raise money for the festival. See Additional Events for further details.

Risiing Tide, Tenby Harbour

Church House

Tickets £5.00

The Divine Sarah

Sarah_Bernhardt_by_Félix_Nadar_2Sarah Bernhardt was one of the finest actresses that has ever  lived. She was a contemporary of Adelina Patti and a friend of Adelina’s first husband the Marquis de Caux. She was perhaps the first modern superstar. She shocked polite society with her unconventional life style but she was an innovator in her art as she was the first actress to strive for realism in her performances.

This fascinating talk by Josephine Hammond followed  by tea will take place at the

Fourcroft Hotel

Tickets £5.00 (includes tea)

The Solva Duo

Catherine Hare – flute

Isabel Harries – harp

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An evening of beautiful music from this most haunting of instruments which developed from the simple reed pipes of our ancient ancestors.Catherine Hare is from Saundersfoot but studied at the Royal College of Music in London where she now performs in concerts and teaches flute. She has a wide ranging repertoire.

Catherine Hare (flute) and Isabel Harries (harp) are musicians from Pembrokeshire, who met when they both won places at one of the world’s most prestigious specialist music schools, Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. When Catherine and Isabel both decided to continue their education at the Royal College of Music in London, they formed the Solva Flute and Harp Duo, named after one of their favourite places in their home county. Despite forming only recently, Catherine and Isabel quickly became a strong partnership and have enjoyed their blossoming performance calendar.

Catherine Hare began her early musical education at Saundersfoot C.P. School and quickly progressed as a flute player, joining the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain at the age of 13. At just 15 years old, Catherine was the principal flute of both the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, where she was also recipient of the Haydn Davies Prize for Most Promising Player Still at School, and more recently, the Welsh Livery Guild Award. During her three years as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, she was given the opportunity to play in many prestigious concert halls, including the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. She has performed under the baton of some of the greatest conductors in the world, most notably Vasily Petrenko, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Roger Norrington and Bernard Haitink. Catherine has also performed concerts throughout Europe, including Luxembourg, Sweden, Croatia, and on a tour of Germany with the renowned conductor, Grant Llewellyn, also from Saundersfoot. At the age of 14, Catherine began studying flute with Laura Jellicoe at Chetham’s School of Music. During her time there she won various prizes, including the Larsson Wind Prize and the Chetham’s Early Music Prize. She played principal flute in numerous Chetham’s ensembles and went on to become Head Girl of the school. Catherine is currently a scholar of the Royal College of Music, where she is supported by a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award, and is taught by Daniel Pailthorpe and Sue Thomas. She also has tuition on Baroque Flute from internationally acclaimed Rachel Brown and receives private lessons with renowned teacher Gitte Marcusson.
Recently Catherine has begun work as a freelance musician on both modern and baroque flutes, and has worked with the early music ensemble Ex Cathedra as well as being a regular dep flute player for the Wicked UK Musical Tour.

Isabel Harries is currently in her third year of studies at the Royal College of Music studying with Professor Ieuan Jones. Prior to this, Isabel studied with Gabriella Dall’Olio at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester from 2009 to 2011. At the age of 14 Isabel joined the junior programme at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff for weekly lessons with Meinir Heulyn. Isabel’s first harp teacher was Buddug Stevens of Cardigan where she had weekly lessons until she left for Chetham’s.
Alongside her studies, Isabel teaches several private harp and piano students and also leads music workshops in primary schools across West London. In her spare time, Isabel frequently plays background music at luxury hotels such as The Royal Horseguards Hotel, The Landmark, The Grosvenor and The Dorchester Hotel.
Besides the Harp, she also enjoys singing with local Pembrokeshire Choir the Landsker Singers and has enjoyed playing the harp in their Christmas concerts as well as their World Premiere of ‘The Nativity’ in 2012.
Isabel has played the harp in numerous competitions including local and regional Eisteddfods and was successful in 2011 winning the under 26 instrumental solo competition at Wales YFC Eisteddfod at Rhyl Pavilion. She was invited back in 2012 to be the official harpist of Wales YFC Eisteddfod.

At RCM Isabel has enjoyed playing in various performances with their Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, Film Orchestra, and the RCM Harp Ensemble. Isabel has been fortunate enough to play in masterclasses with some of the world’s leading harpists as well as performing at top venues across the UK including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Winchester Cathedral and Exeter Cathedral.

The duo will be playing Naïdes by William Alwyn, In Ireland by Hamilton Harty and Sonata Concertante by Louis Spohr (originally written for violin and harp). They  will also be playing a mixture of ther own and other peoples arrangements of classic pieces such Clair de Lune & Arabesque No. 2 – Debussy, Sicilienne (from Pelléas and Mélisande) – Fauré, Meditation – Massenet and some Welsh folk tunes. St. John’s Church


Tickets £8.00

Tenby Male Choir

An evening of traditional singing from Tenby’s very own male choir.

Founded in 1975, Tenby Male Choir has, over the past 40 years, grown from strength to strength not just in chorister numbers but also in it’s musical reputation under the guiding light of Music Director Ian Williams [affectionately know as “Wilbur”] and  accompanist Jill Williams [no relation].
Today, at over 40 choristers strong, the choir prides itself on the professional reputation that it has grown “From the Heart of Pembrokeshire”.
Read more and buy their latest CD online at www.tenbymalechoir.orggroup3

St. Mary’s Church

Tickets £10.00


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An Interview with Kate Murray

Today I’m pleased to hand over to Kate Murray, author and artist.


  1. Who am I?

Well, I’m Kate and I work in a shed workshop just outside Tregaron. My day normally consists of writing and drawing. Yes, I’m a full-time writer, or at least I’m trying to be. I write for adults and children.

  1. What first inspired you to start writing?
    I was never meant to write. What I mean, is that I have bad dyslexia and I was never encouraged to write. I would hate to count the amount of times I’ve heard – ‘at least you can draw’. That phrase meant that I steered clear of any writing. Instead, I told stories. Anyone I saw and stood still long enough to listen, I would suddenly start telling them a tale.The stories would happen on the spot. I would instantly make them up and then forget them. It went on for years. And then my Aunt bought me a notepad. Mum bought me a pen and suddenly I had everything I needed to write down a story. It was so scary at first. I felt as if someone had just handed me some tools, but no instructions. How did you go about writing a story?


I enrolled onto a free course near Aberystwyth and with guidance I wrote my first story. The teacher suggested I submit it. I did. It was accepted. Suddenly I felt like I knew what I wanted to be, that I had found my place.

So I wrote, and have been writing ever since.

  1. What are you working on?

There are two projects on the go at the moment. The first is a novel called ‘The Gone’. It’s about an apocalyptic world and a heroine who feels very normal, and not the least like a hero. The novel is being serialised for free on a blog, go to for a read.

The second project is a picture book about the moon, the sun and the stars. ‘How the Moon lost the Stars’ is going to be available soon as an ebook and a paperback.

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  1. What facets of your life, both personal and professional, are woven into your book, if any?

At the moment I’m weaving in my own experiences and thoughts into ‘The Gone’. It’s odd really, but I find myself using everyday stuff to make the characters ‘pop’ into reality; the smell of coffee, or the smooth satin touch of cold tiles in a bathroom. Those experiences run through my writing and allow my character to feel more real. It helps that ‘The Gone’ is written in first person present.

  1. How did you get published?

I self-published my first collection, ‘The Phantom Horse’, and from that I got a call from the editor of ‘Raging Aardvark, a small Australian Press. I was told that the editor wanted to meet me. I started to splutter that it was a bit far when she interrupted and said the editor was holidaying in Lampeter. A day later I had a two book contract! The next two short story collections were published by ‘Raging Aardvark Press’. Now I have been thinking about opening my own small press for my picture books and the novels. It’s early days but the plan is slowly coming together.

  1. Do you write in one specific genre or are you multi-talented?

I mostly write in the horror/thriller genre. It is where I find my stories take me and I feel comfortable. Even some of my kid’s stuff is horror based, but when it comes to picture books it can be about anything.

I have started to broaden into the romance genre, although my stories tend to have a bit of a twist to them.

  1. What one thing did you wish you’d known before you started this project?

I wish I had known how long it would take. With my dyslexia I feel that I can plug away at a story for a long time before I get a decent word count. And the sheer determination that is needed. You have to really want to be a writer in order for it to work.

  1. What is the ultimate goal you hope to achieve with your writing?

My ultimate goal is to write something that people want to read. I want people to laugh, cry and gasp at my stories. It is really all I’ve ever wanted – to tell a decent story and have people enjoy it.

  1. Give us a random fact about yourself.

I have a pup who stays with me as I write. I can end up throwing her ball whist I type one-handed.  It’s a skill that I developed and one that comes in handy when she is in a playful mood.

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