A Message from St Davids Cathedral Festival Committee

Dear Festival Supporter,

You will remember from our correspondence to you last autumn that we had hoped to present a shortened 2021 Festival over the May bank holiday weekend. This would have included the National Orchestra of Wales on Saturday 29 May. Following a meeting of the Festival committee it is with regret that I am now writing to announce that even that option has been cancelled. It is obvious, that even with the improving COVID-19 situation, we would still not be able to present a viable Festival in any form by the end of May this year.

We are deeply saddened at the prospect of losing another year and ask you to forgive this general announcement – there are so many of you that we know and who have supported the Festival through its recent ups and downs that we hope you will bear with us yet again on this occasion.

However, the good news is that this does at least clear the way for us now to plan with much more confidence for a ‘full-scale’ festival to run Friday 27th May – 5th June 2022.

We will of course keep in touch with you all and keep you updated of all the news of the 2022 Festival concerts and events as soon as they become available.  We have every hope that many of the artists we hoped to work with in both 2020 and 2021, we will be able to work with again in 2022 and beyond.

Thank you again to all our supporters, the Arts Council Wales, our local businesses, volunteers and the whole St Davids community who have made it possible for us to bring world class musicians to our cathedral each year. We can only look forward now and will work with you to ensure that we can bring back this much-loved event to St Davids again next year.

Further information will become available as events unfold and if you would like to help us through these difficult times so that we can be certain of engaging and booking musicians in the future, particularly those at the beginning of their careers, you can donate using the link below.

Donate here  https://stdavidscathedralfestival.co.uk/payment/

Jackie Morris & The Bookshop Band – a special film for the 2020 Festival

On Friday 22nd May we would have been celebrating the launch of the 2020 Cathedral Festival with the Children’s Festival Chorus.  As that was not to be, we were totally delighted to be able to share with you a film made especially for us by Jackie Morris & The Bookshop Band. Instead of appearing live in the Cathedral on Tuesday 26th they filmed themselves and their music, art and landscapes to remind us that although we felt very deeply the loss of this Festival and the many many other events throughout the world, there will be happier times ahead.                         

Here is the link to the film – – https://youtu.be/JPIHo4Rakhs

We are very excited to be working away behind the scenes to put together next year’s return Festival. Watch this space!


The St. Davids Cathedral Festival has been responsible for bringing world class  music to the heart of West Wales for over 40 years. The Festival takes place annually during the Spring Bank Holiday week at the end of May when the Cathedral hosts a feast of classical and contemporary music concerts under the artistic direction of Oliver Waterer, the Organist and Master of the Choristers.


Mae Gŵyl Eglwys Gadeiriol Tyddewi wedi bod yn gyfrifol am ddod â cherddoriaeth o’r radd flaenaf i galon Gorllewin Cymru ers 40 mlynedd. Yn ystod yr Ŵyl, a gynhelir yn flynyddol adeg wythnos Gŵyl Banc y Gwanwyn ddiwedd Mis Mai, ceir gwledd o gyngherddau yn cynnwys cerddoriaeth clasurol a chyfoes dan gyfarwyddyd artistig Oliver Waterer, yr Organydd a’r Cor Feistr.


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