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Outstanding tenor to give a recital in Rhosygilwen as first full week of music festival gets underway in Pembrokeshire

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AN OUTSTANDING tenor will start the first full week of concerts by the Fishguard and West Wales International Music Festival 2022. Stuart Jackson was a choral scholar at Christ Church, Oxford before completing his training at the Royal Academy of Music in 2013 where he studied with Ryland Davies. 

He has performed at Glyndebourne, Stuttgart Opera ,the BBC Proms and at numerous major festivals, He will be accompanied on the piano by Jocelyn Freeman at his recital next week in Rhosygilwen on Monday August 22.

St Mary’s Church Haverfordwest will be the venue for London Brass on Wednesday, August 23. Described as ‘the UK’s most famous and long-established brass ensemble’, they have appeared in concerts worldwide. 

The Welsh National Opera Orchestra will return to the Festival at the end of the week to give two concerts. Their concert at St David’s Cathedral on Thursday will feature music by Benjamin Britten, Mahler and Dvorak with acclaimed mezzo soprano Dame Sarah Connolly. 

The WNO Chamber Ensemble will end the first week of concerts with a recital at St Mary’s Church, Haverfordwest.

Further concerts will follow with artists including Llyr Williams, Peter Donohoe, Rebecca Evans, The Marian Consort, Sacconi Quartet and the European Union Chamber Orchestra.

Gillian Green MBE, Artistic Director of the Festival, said: “A feast of world class music covering six centuries awaits audiences over the next three weeks in one of the most beautiful parts of Wales. The Festival is very excited about the variety of events on offer from now until early September comprising orchestral, choral and chamber music, solo recitals together with folk and world music.”

Dates for this year’s Fishguard and West Wales International Music Festival are Saturday, August 20 to Saturday, September 10 2022.

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St John’s Choir hosts successful concert

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TWO choirs for the price of one – that was again on offer at St John’s Church, Tenby, on Tuesday, September 13, when a very appreciative congregation was entertained by Pembroke and District Male Voice and the Serendipity Singers of Narberth.

Last June male voice choristers invited the ladies to join them at St John’s and it was so successful that a repeat performance had to happen.

Common denominator is Juliet Rossiter, the Musical Director of both choirs who was busiest of all, conducting the men and both conducting and accompanying the ladies.

After a welcome from Liz Storey, compere Matthew John introduced a new recruit to the choir ranks, second bass Dave Powell, and especially thanked guest accompanist Peter Griffiths who was standing in for choir pianist Carole Rees. He was supported by Alyson Griffiths, choir soloist.

After a minute’s silence the choir’s first item, the stirring Welsh favourite ‘Gwadhoddiad’, was dedicated to the memory of Queen Elizabeth II. This was part of a very varied programme including ‘Cwm Rhondda’ and ‘I Dreamed A Dream’.

Serendipity’s compere, Claire Dunbar, introduced a delightful programme, ranging from Irish folk song to jazz. Finger clicking in unison in one item is something the men would never be able to emulate!

An invitation to stage for the male voice’s final rendering, ‘American Trilogy’, was taken up by several from the audience, choristers from Tenby and Whitland choirs among them.

Finally, both choirs joined together for the traditional South African melody ‘Siyahamba’ to conclude a memorable evening.

Both National Anthems were sung with special feeling – for many the first opportunity to sing ‘God Save The King’.

Excellent refreshments were provided by church ladies and they were thanked by male voice chairman John Hillier.

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Folk musicians in Wales perform at the Fishguard and West Wales International Music Festival

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TWO groups of musicians who have made a significant impact on the Welsh traditional folk music scene will come together for a concert at Theatr Gwaun this Saturday (September 3) at 7.30pm.

VRï are Jordan Price Williams (cello, voice), Aneirin Jones (fiddle, voice) and Patrick Rimes (viola, fiddle, voice). They are already members of other established bands on the traditional music circuit – Calan, Elfen and No Good Boyo.

Pedair draws on the talents of four of Wales’ most prominent and award-winning folk artists: Gwenan Gibbard, Gwyneth Glyn, Meinir Gwilym and Siân James. Groundbreaking international artists in their own right, all four thrive on collaboration and bring to life traditional material with new arrangements on harps, guitars, piano and accordion.

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Gillian Green MBE, Artistic Director of Fishguard and West Wales International Music Festival, said: “This concert is sure to capture the imagination of the audience with sweeping harmonies, creative synergy and fresh interpretations of Welsh folk music. It will be an evening to remember.”

“Vri will also participate in free outdoor performances the following day at Lower Town Quay, Fishguard at 8am and at Oriel y Parc in St Davids at 2pm. People of all ages, babies, toddlers and dogs can attend and audiences can ‘dip-in ‘ to the concert as they wish. The performance at Lower Town Quay will again take place at 8am and attendees enjoy the atmosphere which this time of day and the location brings.”

Tickets for the Theatr Gwaun concert are priced £15 with concessions of £5 for under 18s and £1 for under 12s. Outdoor concerts are free.

Tickets available for all events at www.fishguardmusicfestival.com

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Cruise Culture returns to Carmarthen Showground 

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WALES’ biggest modified and performance car show is returning to the Carmarthen Showground on August Bank Holiday Sunday 28

The show has now been running since 2014 and after a two-year break due to Covid-19 they are finally back!

There is a huge variety of cars on display from Modified, Performance, Supercars, Old School Classics, Vintage & American Cars. 

Growing year on year, Cruise Culture now welcomes over 40 club stands, so there is something for the whole family to enjoy. 

There will also be a funfair and children’s attractions at the show with a variety of food stalls selling burgers, pizzas, noodles, sweet stalls and ice cream vans.

There is an indoor section with highly modified cars on display and an outdoor show and shine area.

Mid and West Wales Fire Service will be doing an RTC Demo, along with a wide variety of their road safety vehicles and fire engines to look at.

Expect an action packed day with:

– Ultimate Indoor Show Hall

– Outdoor Show and Shine

– A huge variety of Car Club Stands

– Trade Village (Indoor and Outdoor)

– Main Entertainment Stage with Competitions, DJ’s, Live Music

– Car Competitions

– Funfair/Children’s Attractions

– Team SWG

– Mid & West Wales Fire Service Displays 

The Jamie Squibb Freestyle Motocross Stunt Show will also take place, as the team of riders perform breathtaking jumps and stunts.

 It is a show not to be missed! Jamie has ridden in the Nitro Circus and featured in a recent Top Gear episode for the Eddie Kidd Top Gear Special!

Tickets are just £6 Per Person if you pre book, or £8 Per Person at the gate with under 12’s being free!

You can pre book tickets online at http://www.cruise-swansea.co.uk

This is a show not to be missed and has a great atmosphere and plenty to do throughout the day.

For more information, visit their Facebook page – Cruise Culture, or their Instagram @Cruise_Culture.

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