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 14th year, the Festival has featured International Stars from the world of classical music, including former Royal Harpist Catrin Finch, Welsh Tenor’s Wynne Evans and Gwyn Hughes Jones, The Academy of St Martin’s in the Fields and the 3 Welsh Tenors, to name but a few.
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 Director – Gary Griffiths, the main festival will take place every September, showcasing the very best in National and International talent. In addition to our main festival in 2016, we will travel to St David’s Cathedral with a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
Former Festival President – Sir Geraint Evans
June Rees MBE – Festival Founder and Chairman