The History of the Milford Haven Music Festival

Where we started

During September 1991, the year of the Tall Ships Race in Milford Haven, it seemed that no musical event was planned to take place. So the chairman of a local charity – June Rees MBE – with committee members organised a concert at St Katharine’s Church and invited Sir Geraint Evans to be President. This concert became our annual fixture – it then merged into the Milford Haven Music Festival by June Rees to celebrate the Golden Jubilee in 2002, performing many concerts at the Torch Theatre. Now in its 15th year, the Festival has featured International Stars from the world of classical music, including Sir Karl Jenkins, former Royal Harpist Catrin Finch, Welsh Tenor’s Wynne Evans and Gwyn Hughes Jones and The Academy of St Martin’s in the Fields, to name but a few.

The Future

In 2015 the committee decided to return the festival to its roots, moving back into St Katharine’s Church. With the support of our new Patron – Sir Karl Jenkins and our newly appointed Artistic Advisor – Gary Griffiths, the main festival will take place every May, showcasing the very best in National and International talent. 

June Rees MBE – Festival Founder and Chairman