We’re having a Book Fair on the first day of the Tenby Arts Festival. Please join us – meet our lovely authors, relax and listen to music while having a cup of coffee and a cake. Stay for a short poetry reading and to discover who won the children’s competition: prizes of great books kindly donated by Firefly Press.
And here’s a flavour of the rest of the first day
Saturday 19th September
Tudor Square or outside the gates at the entrance to Church House. To announce the opening of the festival with a swing a brass band will perform a medley of popular musical numbers.
Now in its third year this event has proved very popular as the start of our festival and continues to grow each year. We will open the doors on an exciting line-up of fourteen authors from Wales who will talk about their work, their inspiration and why it is that we all love a good story. A short reading of poetry for your entertainment will precede the prize-giving of a children’s writing competition with entries from nine schools in the area. The judge for the competition is Janet Thomas, editor of children’s publisher, Firefly Press, who has kindly donated prizes of their own books. There will be books old and new to buy and coffee and cakes for sale too.
Talks, books, relaxing music, coffee and cakes with plenty of friendly chatter and discussion – a great morning.
11am – 2pm
Join us for a light-hearted historical stroll through the town’s winding streets, and meet some of the colourful characters who passed this way in years gone by. Our talented band of players aim to entertain you, and even educate you, as they bring to life the illustrious, the infamous and the occasionally inebriated visitors who, like you, came to stay in Tenby. Meet outside the Fourcroft Hotel at 4pm for 4.15 start, and finish at Cafe Vista. The walk takes approximately 1hour and includes some steps.
Under the baton of Welsh National Opera conductor, Alexander Martin, singers from all over Pembrokeshire and beyond, choir members or not will rehearse and perform Fauré’s Requiem and the Gloria by Vivaldi in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary’s Church.
Born in London, Alexander Martin studied Music at St John’s College, Cambridge, and the piano at the Royal College of Music in London. In 1992 he was appointed répétiteur at the Opéra National de Lyon in France under Kent Nagano. From 1995 to 1998 Alexander spent four seasons in Germany as répétiteur at the Opera, and répétiteur and conductor at the Hesse State Opera in Wiesbaden, before returning to live in France to pursue a freelance career. He has worked as guest conductor, assistant and coach for Lyon, Marseille, Avignon, le Capitole Toulouse, l’Opéra National du Rhin (Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia), La Monnaie, le Grand Théâtre Geneva, as well as for Aix-en-Provence, Glyndebourne, and Montepulciano Festivals. Alexander also worked closely with Philippe Jordan Britten’s Peter Grimes and The Turn of the Screw (Graz), and collaborated with René Jacobs in Rome for Tancredi. Following three seasons as Chorus Master in Bern (where he also conducted Cendrillon and Dave Maric’s Ghosts), Alexander worked as Chorus Master at the Opéra National de Bordeaux from 2010-2014. During this time he also worked in Bayreuth with Philippe Jordan on Parsifal (2012). He became Chorus Master at WNO at the start of this season.
The choir will be accompanied by Jeff Howard, organist.
Jeffrey Howard was born in Cardiff and studied at the University of Wales College, Cardiff, and the Royal Academy of Music, specializing in organ performance and church music. Since graduating, he has pursued a freelance career as organist, pianist, singer, coach and conductor. He has accompanied leading international singers including Bryn Terfel, Sir Willard White, and, Rebecca Evans.
Jeff has performed throughout the United Kingdom and Europe including the Wigmore Hall, The Goethe Institute, Brussels, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, and has worked with orchestras such as The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Royal Philharmonic. He made his Royal Albert Hall debut in 2002 as soloist in Shostakovitch’s second piano concerto. Recent performance include performed Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto and Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff with the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra and a recital with Bryn Terfel at Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.
Jeff frequently provides arrangements for the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, S4C and various solo artists. He is accompanist, singer and arranger for Only Men Aloud!, winners of the BBC competition ‘Last Choir Standing’ who recently won a Classical Brit Award for their second album on the Universal label. Jeff is also involved in cabaret and music theatre having worked with names such as Michael Ball, David Owen Jones, Peter Karrie, and more informally, Dame Shirley Bassey!
For the past 18 years, Jeffrey has held a post as vocal coach at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and at Welsh National Opera and Welsh National Youth Opera.
For those wishing to join the choir there will be rehearsals held through the month of August in St Martin’s Hall, Haverfordwest from 7 – 9pm on the following dates: 7th August, 14th August, 21st August, 28th August and one final opportunity to rehearse before the day on the 4th September. There will be a charge of £10 for those taking part and in addition a refundable deposit for copies of the music/text.
St. Mary’s Church
Rehearsals will be at 12pm – 2pm and 4 – 6pm
You most likely have heard independent pop rock artist Anthony Snape on your TV or radio. His brand of rock pop or acoustic tunes have also been blasting on the speakers at your favourite clothing store or supermarket throughout Europe, USA and Australia.
His bio reads like a who’s who of the music industry. He’s performed, recorded or written with some of Australia’s and the worlds greatest artists (Tommy Emmanuel, Rick Price, Marcia Hines, Ian Moss, Human Nature, Vanessa Amorosi, Mark Williams, John Williamson, James Morrison, Phil Emmanuel, Graeme Conners, John Paul Young and more). His music has been used on television networks all over the world, including ABC, Seven, Nine and Ten Networks in Australia and ABC, NBC and PBS in the United States and a plethora of stations across Europe.
Based in the USA, Anthony has performed at a variety of venues from theatres (The Birchmere VA, The National, The Majestic) and clubs (The House of Blues LA New Orleans, BB Kings NYC, Park West Chicago) to performing arts centres (in Virginia, Nashville, Texas, Kansas, Boston and Wisconsin), colleges and festivals (SXSW and The Bondi Beach Festival).
His latest release “RESONATE” Produced by Grammy winner ANDY HUNT (Good Charlotte, Smash Mouth, Jars of Clay, Olivia Newton-John, Drew Holcomb the Neighbors), was crowd-funded and raised a whopping $26000 in 30 days. The RESONATE album explores Anthony’s pop rock influences (One Republic, Crowded House, Goo Goo Dolls) and reveals his raw acoustic side with uplifting emotive performances of creative and inspiring original songs. Anthony’s also been known to release new songs directly to YouTube. “Pictures” beautifully captures this emotive spontaneity. Anthony, (inspired by Instagram), wrote, recorded, shot, edited and released the “Pictures” recording and music clip in just two weeks. Find it here – youtube.com/epansa
Anthony’s an authentic independent artist. You’ve heard the word independent used before in music marketing campaigns by record labels trying to make their bands sound cool. But these bands usually have a huge marketing team and a lot of capital invested in their careers and are not independent artists. Anthony is part of a new generation of artists that are real. Real in the way that you can feel the hairs rising on your arms when you hear them play. So real that they may come to your house and play for you in person and make you laugh, cry, smile and dance. Anthony loves to create real connections and emotional exchange through his music. As a result, Anthony’s fans (known as SNAPESTARS) are some of the most passionate, strong and independent people on the planet. So passionate that they have taken it on themselves to market and promote Anthony’s music to the world.
Born in a small town in northwest NSW, Australia, Anthony spent his teenage years involved in school music events, rock bands and singing in local theatre productions. After graduating from the Talent Development Program (supported by board members Alan Jones, John Forman, Mary Lopez with many other Australian artists such as Human Nature) at the Sydney Entertainment Centre; Anthony worked solidly and uncredited as a backing vocalist for many well known Australian artists. He also worked as a session singer for Australia’s major radio network 2UE and started his own pop rock band playing all along the east coast. This culminated in Anthony co-writing and recording the Sydney 2000 Olympic games theme song for the Radio 2UE and winning the first John Laws Rising Star competition with his song, Idiosyncrasy.
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