A Message from St Davids Cathedral Festival Committee

Thank you for your patience, understanding and many kind messages after we had to cancel what had promised to be an amazing Festival this year. A reminder of what we might have enjoyed was Jackie Morris and The Bookshop Band’s beautiful film. 

Sadly, after much debate and taking into account the impossibility of predicting when indoor live and financially-viable performances will again be possible, the Committee has decided to produce a much smaller festival over the late May Bank Holiday weekend in 2021 rather than our usual 9 days. This will take the form of only one main concert performed by BBC NOW, together with one or two smaller concerts. This will allow us to hold on to some of our remaining financial reserves which will be required if we are to stage a hoped-for triumphant Festival return in 2022. 

We realise this will be a disappointment, but we cannot afford to run the financial and artistic risk of organising a full-scale Festival which might have to be cancelled, perhaps at short notice. However, we are inviting many of the artists booked for 2020 and pencilled-in for 2021 to perform with us in 2022, even though some of the performance details may change and there will be different anniversaries to celebrate. We feel that under the circumstances this is the best way to secure the Festival’s survival long beyond 2021 for the benefit of our audiences and musicians.

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

At 6pm 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 are 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 have filmed themselves and their music, art and landscapes to remind us that although we feel 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 working now behind the scenes to put together next year’s Festival, intending to replicate this year’s programme as fully as possible.

We will continue to keep in touch with you, and please do contact us if you have any questions or just want to say hello. In the meanwhile, thank you again to all of you – musicians, supporters, the Arts Council Wales, our local businesses, volunteers and the whole St Davids community. You all make our Cathedral Festival such a success every year. We are looking forward to working with you to ensure that we can bring this much-loved event to St Davids again next year.


Coronavirus. Update 18.03.20

It is with the greatest regret, the St Davids Cathedral Festival Committee, in consultation with the Dean & Chapter, have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel this year’s Festival. The uncertainly surrounding the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus and the overriding need to safeguard our guest musicians, audience, volunteers and support staff make this the only possible decision.

We know that there are very hard times ahead for organisations like ours, but more immediately on the many freelance musicians upon whom we depend for the success of the festival every year.

We have every confidence that you will understand and will work with us as part of our Festival community. We will of course be refunding any donations and tickets that you have already bought online or by phone and we will be in touch with all our sponsors to discuss their preferences.

We will keep in touch with you all and please do contact us. We have every hope that at least some of the amazing musicians we were going to welcome this year may be available for 2021 – we will keep you posted.

Thank you 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 this much-loved event to St Davids again next year.



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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