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All about the Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival 2023

We are incredibly excited that the Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival (NAVF) will be back from the 3rd – 5th of March 2023.

This festival weekend will be packed with live music, an incredible singing feast, as well as engaging and uplifting workshops led by a cappella masters.

Full Festival Tickets, Singing Feast, and Saturday Concert tickets now available.

BOOK HERE or via the box office on 01834 869323.

Individual Sunday concert and workshop tickets will be available to book soon via the SPAN website. See below for more information about our performers and the full festival schedule.

Meet the performers & workshop leaders

4 in a Bar

This award-winning a cappella group came together originally through a love of ‘barbershop’. The group have an extensive repertoire and perform a mixture of early music and contemporary music. Recent performances have included the Bayreuth Sangeslust — the Sparkassen A Capella event.

Côr Pawb

In 2015, SPAN created Côr Pawb (Everyone’s Choir), a 70-100 strong mass community choir featuring singers ranging in age from six to ninety-six from across the county and beyond. Founded upon the principles of community strength and resilience, Côr Pawb welcomes all voices, regardless of singing ability, to come together for an uplifting celebration of song.

Melissa James

Born and bred in North West London, soul and jazz singer Melissa James was weaned on the soul and calypso records of her West Indian parents as she was growing up in the ‘80s, and the music of Anita Baker, Marvin Gaye and Percy Sledge became part of the soundtrack of her youth. She will be teaching a mood-boosting workshop exploring jazz and soul singing.

Khrystyna Makar

Exceptional Lviv soprano Khrystyna Makar’s opera repertoire includes Handel’s ‘Messiah’, Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’ (First Lady, Queen of the Night), and Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ (Violetta) to name a few. She has performed under the baton of some of the most prominent present-day conductors at some of the world’s greatest concert halls such as Vienna, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, Oslo, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Munich, and Geneva.


Molara is an inspirational singer, songwriter, performer and artist, who was a founder member of Zion Train, and has worked with the likes of Femi Kuti; Baka Beyond and Ruts DC. She started One Voice Choir in 2005 to celebrate her love of international harmonies and rhythms, and was one of the founders of NAVF in 2008. She is a former trustee of the Natural Voice Network, and has delivered educational provision of music and the arts to people aged 0 to 106, of differing abilities and backgrounds since 1992.

Molara, Community Engagement Officer

Stuart Jones

Stuart Jones will be teaching a workshop on songs from the Republic of Georgia – home to one of the oldest and richest singing traditions in Europe. Stuart says:

“Georgian folk music provides an extraordinary sound track to the whole of human life, including: dance songs, healing songs, work songs, love songs, laments, sacred songs and feast songs. Expect scrunchy, vibrant chords and haunting melodies – a singing experience quite unlike any other!”

Camilo Menjura

Camilo Menjura returns to NAVF with his unique blend of Latin American grooves and choir vocal loops. Along with his passion for acoustic music, Camilo is involved in several choirs, vocal projects, and a cappella ensembles, performing with a variety of bands that range from Afro-Colombian & Afro-Peruvian music to Andean Jazz, Sudanese Fusion Music and English pop/folk. He was awarded the “Best Newcomer” award by the Latin American network in 2011 and was named “Musician of the year” by the Latin UK Awards in both 2012 and 2013.

Roxane Smith

Roxane Smith runs community choirs on the Welsh borders (Shrewsbury, Oswestry and Welshpool). She has a fun and upbeat teaching style and is co-musical director of Sing for Water London and Chair of the Natural Voice Network.

One of her workshops will cover acapella pop music from across the decades, which she terms ‘cheesy Pop-a-pella’. The other workshop will be ‘Songs from the Congo’ singing the songs of Mahdia Daulne of Zap Mama, featuring overlappying rhythms and inter-locking vocal riffs to create amazing polylphony.

Rachel Uí Fhaoláin

Rachel Uí Fhaoláin is a traditional singer, researcher, song & folklore collector whose intergenerational work centres around oral culture and the transmission of song & folklore across the generations.

Rachel is really looking forward to sharing some traditional songs in both Irish & English in her family-friendly workshop, while also exploring group singing and harmonising. As a family, Rachel and her two children Éire agus Chulainn really enjoy singing together and experimenting with harmonies. Rachel will teach a newly composed macaronic song in the traditional style (containing both English & Irish lyrics) from Rachel’s own collection, which explores shared folklore between Ireland and Wales.

NAVF 2023 Festival Schedule

Friday 3rd March

NAVF Singing Feast


7pm, Friday 3rd March 2023

Doors open at 6pm. Food served from 7pm

The Queen’s Hall, 44 High Street, Narberth, SA67 7AS.

Tickets: £15

This sumptuous singing feast celebrates community and song, blending sounds and flavours from across the globe to feed your soul — as well as your tummy!

Come together and sing for your supper from a diverse menu of songs and food. Our special guests, some of the Llwy Gariad community, will be sharing some of the rich culinary traditions of Wales’ multifarious ethnic groups.

This year sees the first ever bigger, longer stand-alone feast. Special guests (including Rachel Uí Fhaoláin & family and One Voice community choir) will serenade you with luscious harmonies from around the world. The bulk of the singing, toasting and eating, however, will be down to you!

The NAVF singing feast is an extremely popular event, so please book your tickets now to avoid disappointment and indulge in a little bit of NAVF to lift your winter blues.

Saturday 4th March

NAVF Morning Workshops and Sharing

Saturday 4th March 2023

Doors open for registration 9.30am. Workshops begins 10.30am -12.30pm with sharing.

Bethesda Church, High Street, Narberth SA67 7AS

NAVF Afternoon Workshops and Sharing

Saturday 4th March 2023

Doors open for registration 13.30pm. Workshops begins 14.30pm -16.30pm with sharing

Bethesda Church, High Street, Narberth SA67 7AS

Molara’s 1:1 Singing Tuition 

Date: Saturday 4th March 2023

Slot 1: 10.00-10.30  |  Slot 2: 10.30 -11.00 | Slot 3: 11.00- 11.30  |  Slot 4: 11:30 – 12:00 | Slot 5: 14:00 – 14:30  |  Slot 6: 15:00 –15:30 | Slot 7: 15:30 – 16:00

Bethesda Church, High Street, Narberth SA67 7AS

Tickets: Pay at the door

NAVF Saturday Concert


Date: Saturday 4th March 2023

Time: Doors open 19.00pm. Concert begins 19.30pm

The Queen’s Hall, 44 High Street, Narberth, SA67 7AS.

A live concert featuring performances across a variety of genres — there’s sure to be something for everyone!

This year’s impressive triple-bill line-up features captivating performances from award-winning a cappella quartet 4 in a Bar, exceptional Lviv soprano Khrystyna Makar, and duo Camilo Menjura & Molara, who bring a unique blend of Latin American grooves and choral music into the mix.


Sunday 5th March

Camilo Menjura Workshop 

Date: Sunday 5th March 2023

Time: Registration from 10am. Workshop begins 10.30am – 12.30pm

Location: The Old School Hall The Old School Estate Station Road, Narberth SA67 7DU

NAVF Sunday Concert

Date: Sunday 5th March 2023

Time: Doors open 14:00pm. Event begins 14:30pm

The Queen’s Hall, 44 High Street, Narberth, SA67 7AS.

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Supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Pembrokeshire County Council, The Ashley Family Foundation, Ty Cerdd, and PAVS, in collaboration with The Queen’s Hall and Bethesda Chapel, Narberth.