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Sensational music event thrills the crowds at Scolton Manor



AN UNFORGETTABLE evening of live jazz, classical, rock, and film score music captivated hundreds of attendees at the enchanting ‘Music at the Manor’ event. Presented by the esteemed Pembrokeshire Music Service, this musical extravaganza took place amidst the picturesque grounds of Scolton Manor, offering young talents from across the county a chance to showcase their skills in a relaxed setting. For many of these budding musicians, it marked their debut performance in front of a live audience.

The event witnessed outstanding displays of talent from a myriad of ensembles, including the County Brass Band, Training Orchestra (featuring the Second Steps group), Concert Band, Rock and Pop bands, Rock Strings, Symphonic Wind Band, Pembrokeshire’s Community Choir, and the esteemed Cleddau Chamber Orchestra.

Among the delighted attendees was Patricia Mawuli Porter OBE, who attended the event alongside her family. She described the evening as “a wonderful demonstration of community, music, family, caring, and just what an amazing part of the world we live in.” Mawuli Porter OBE was particularly impressed with the diversity of performances, ranging from youth bands belting out energetic renditions of songs like ‘Teenage dirtbag’ to the majestic classical and movie-themed scores, which added depth and variety to the musical tapestry.

“We can only applaud the team at Pembrokeshire Music Service for putting on the most incredible community event and look forward to next year’s event with great anticipation!” Mawuli Porter OBE exclaimed with enthusiasm.

Cllr David Simpson, Leader of Pembrokeshire County Council, expressed his gratitude to the Pembrokeshire Music Service team for organizing such an excellent evening of entertainment. “It was a lovely concert, and so good to see it full of local people enjoying themselves,” he commended. “Credit must go to the brilliant participants, be they playing an instrument or singing songs, they were excellent.”

Vivienne Ward from the Newport Music Society also offered her congratulations to all the performers, acknowledging the impressive talent pool in Pembrokeshire. “What impressive young musicians there are in Pembrokeshire, and what a wonderful variety of different bands/orchestras are available for the young to choose from; they are indeed lucky,” she praised.

The event drew overwhelming praise from parents in attendance, with one parent raving, “The standard was exceptional, and a wonderful evening was had by one and all. Well done, everyone! A massive thanks to everyone involved, and much appreciation to Pembrokeshire Music Service – we are so lucky to have you!”

Philippa Roberts, the head of the Music Service, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to all those involved in making ‘Music at the Manor’ a resounding success. “A huge thank you from the team at Pembrokeshire Music Service to everyone who contributed to making Music at the Manor a wonderful community event,” Roberts said. “Working in partnership with Valero, the Friends of Pembrokeshire Young Musicians, and Scolton Manor, I am grateful to everyone who helped and supported the performers to provide a special evening of live music.”

With its remarkable performances and celebration of musical diversity, ‘Music at the Manor’ proved to be an extraordinary showcase of Pembrokeshire’s vibrant musical talent. As the echoes of this magnificent event fade away, anticipation for next year’s edition continues to build, promising an even more spectacular musical spectacle for all to enjoy.

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Concerts kick off Pembroke and District Male Voice’s autumn season



TWO concerts within a September week began Pembroke and District Male Voice’s autumn season.

On a warm evening the 13th Century St Gwynog’s Church at St Twynnells was the first venue. The concert, for church funds, was well supported with first bass Edward Morris deputising as MC in his own church. He made an instant success of the role, including excellent jokes, and is now officially deputy MC.

The following week the choir made its second annual visit to St John’s Church, Tenby. Matthew John returned from holiday as MC and included a poem in his interval asides – a first for the choir.

There was an international flavour to the large audience with visitors from the USA, Germany and The Netherlands.

Musical Director Juliet Rossiter was supported by accompanist Carole Rees and soloists at both concerts were Alyson Griffiths, on flute, and Peter Halifax, on guitar. Alyson’s choices varied from Mozart’s ‘Oh for the wings of a dove’ to Art Garfunkel’s ‘Bright Eyes’ while Peter sang a Ukrainian piece and others of his own composition – one for the first time in public.

There as a very special welcome for first tenor David Asparassa who was determined to join the ranks despite recent ill health. The finale item, Elvis Presely’s ‘American Trilogy’, was dedicated to David with all his friends’ best wishes.

Choir President Clive Collins and his wife, Enid, attended both concerts. Excellent refreshments were provided by the ladies of both churches. They were thanked by choir vice chairman Meurig Rees.

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Abracadabra at the Torch Theatre with BGT finalist Ben Hart



PREPARE for a magical evening at the Torch Theatre this October as the multi-award-winning magician and West-End sensation, Ben Hart, brings his unparalleled spectacle to town. Following rave reviews for his previous show, Hart’s “Jadoo” promises a tantalising blend of wonderment, mysticism and a search for truth.

Drawn from his travels through India and deep-rooted family heritage, “Jadoo” is a vivid spectacle brimming with colour, infectious passion and, of course, a touch of wicked humour. Those who witnessed his past performances will attest, as noted by World Magic Review, “We are yet again awestruck by his capacity to entertain and enthral… Hart tells stunningly beautiful stories through stunningly beautiful sleights… absolutely unmissable.”

Ben Hart is no run-of-the-mill conjurer. A distinguished member of The Inner Magic Circle, his magical artistry has graced the likes of the RSC, Penn and Teller, Mission Impossible 7, and Mischief Theatre. On the excitement of his tour, Hart remarked, “I love travelling and bringing my magic to as many people as possible… Magic really has to be seen live to be appreciated.”

Viewers from across the globe might recognise him from television appearances, including his own series on the BBC, an unforgettable stint as a finalist on “Britain’s Got Talent”, and countless other shows.

Those eager for a bewitching evening need not wait long. Ben Hart’s “Jadoo” is set to captivate audiences at the Torch Theatre on Sunday, 29th October at 7.30pm. With tickets priced at £17.50 and concessions at £15.50, this enchanting experience, suitable for ages 12 and above, is just a booking away. Secure your seat by contacting the Torch Theatre’s Box Office or visiting their website.

Booking Information:
Ben Hart: Jadoo
Sunday, 29 October at 7.30pm.
Torch Theatre
Tickets: £17.50 | Concessions: £15.50
Contact: 01646 695267 or

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Camrose Vintage Working Day a roaring success as record crowds attend



A SYMPHONY of engines roared to life this past Saturday (Aug 26) as tractors, motorbikes, classic cars, and Land Rovers converged on the grounds for the much-anticipated ‘Camrose Vintage Working Day’. The turnout was nothing short of spectacular, with chairman Andrew James proclaiming the 2023 event as “one of the best ever”.

The vintage extravaganza saw over 5,000 enthusiasts and curious visitors making their way throughout the day. “The number of vehicles that turned up to exhibit was tremendous,” an ecstatic James said.

In an unexpected turn of events, the overflow car park was full by midday. A neighbouring farmer generously offered to move his sheep to make room for the burgeoning number of vehicles. But the sea of visitors did not ebb. As the afternoon progressed and more visitors continued to pour in, the accommodating sheep found themselves shifted once again to facilitate a third overflow car park.

The spectacle was not just limited to the plethora of vehicles. This year’s event boasted an impressive showcase of over 170 tractors, over 100 vintage cars, and a sizeable assembly of Land Rovers and motorbikes. Enthusiasts were also treated to grass mowing and ploughing demonstrations, which piqued considerable interest throughout the day.

Having taken the mantle during the covid pandemic, this marks Andrew’s second show as chairman. He credits the seamless execution and success to the indomitable spirit of the organising committee and the tireless efforts of the volunteers. “We’re extremely fortunate in having an exceptionally strong committee and a team of very hard-working volunteers. It’s thanks to these unsung heroes working diligently behind the scenes that the show continues to be such a great success,” he said, brimming with gratitude.

The Vintage Working Day is not just about the love for vintage machines; it’s also about giving back. Profits garnered from the show are set to benefit a consortium of 22 charities.

With the bar set high, fans and vintage aficionados will undoubtedly be looking forward to what the committee has in store for the coming year.

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