This calendar of events at St Mary’s Church will be frequently updated to include ticketing and pricing details that are not immediately available, but will be posted as artists and musicians confirm.
There’s plenty of good music and entertainment to look forward to, so watch this space for details of times and ticketing.
When the church is hired for a concert or event, a reasonable time is allowed for setting up and rehearsals, sound checks etc. There is small staging available, made up of 16 units, each 750 millimetres square. These can be arranged to suit requirements. A grand piano is available, also a pipe organ. The cost of tuning prior to a concert is the responsibility of the hirer. Details of our contracted tuner will be given.
Tea, coffee and soft drinks with biscuits and cake, or a licenced bar serving wine, bottled beer and soft drinks can be arranged. There is no additional charge to the hirer for this service – the church will retain the profits.
The church is a PRS licenced venue. Promoters should, if registered, make their own royalty returns to the PRS. A member of the music committee will be pleased to advise on this.
The cost of hire for concerts etc. is £175.00. This covers one event and one rehearsal.
When one or more events take place on the same day, each subsequent event will be charged at £50.00
SATURDAY 3rd February 10.30am for 11.00am Organ Recital
This month’s recital organist is Fr. Richard Williams.
Entry is free with a retiring collection in aid of St Mary’s.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.
SATURDAY 3rd February 3.30pm
Hay Community Forum Presents Icons: A Sacred Art – A Talk by Christina Watson
Iconography developed from the very earliest times after Christ’s crucifixion when many people did not read or write, but understood the stories in the form of paintings, mosaics and frescoes.
Despite Christians being persecuted for many years following the crucifixion, there is evidence of ‘underground’ Christian art and wall paintings which were later, in many cases hidden and covered over, to protect the Christian community and this unique sacred art.
The emperor Galerius was the first to tolerate this art, and a few years later successive emperors began to finance the building of churches.
Icons can be vastly different, depending on the country of origin, but arise from the same root- the teachings of Christ and His disciples and the recognition of the Saints who gave up their lives in the name of Christ and his teachings.
A trip to Egypt and Coptic Cairo and the Cairo Museum inspired in Christina a fascination for the Greco-Roman portraits: depictions of the deceased intended to reunite people with their beloved departed, and thus, these portraits were semi-iconographic in their purpose.
This style of portraits was then used by the monks and iconographers for the portraits of Christ and the Saints.
Christina completed several week-long courses, with Aidan Hart and Ian Knowles, one in Bethlehem at the Icon Centre, where she enjoyed learning the ancient techniques. She was helped and inspired by a great local teacher, Rev Brian Bessant.
In 2015 Christina applied for a diploma course with Aidan Hart. The course is supported by The Prince’s Foundation for Traditional Arts. Christina was accepted and studied for three years under Aidan Hart’s expert tutelage.
Christina says: For me, at this time in my life, completing the course had its challenges. I am still a self employed sign writer but with more time and, with the support of my husband, Terry, to whom I am very grateful, I have been able to devote more time to my icon ‘writing’. Together, we managed the trip of a lifetime for my dissertation on Coptic Art, visiting three separate ancient monastic sites in the desert, and making trips to Athens and Thessaloniki with my group of fellow students.
This afternoon, Christina will be talking about the techniques involved and exhibiting some of her work and dissertation.
By request from January’s Forum on ‘Stillness’, Jenny Bullough will lead us in another round of ancient practice: ‘collective humming’, scientifically proven to calm, soothe and pacify the central nervous system.
Primrose Organic Farm will be giving us an update on seasonal veg and planting and what we should be eating.
Tickets: £5 at the door.
(Please note that the length of our Forum runs into an hour and a half.)
Further information, Mary Anne 07778951769
SUNDAY 18th February at 3.00pm
Hay Music Presents: Emilie Capulet
Emilie Capulet is an award-winning international concert pianist, lecturer, writer and musicologist. She is recognised as one of the most captivating and gifted pianists of her generation, enthralling audiences worldwide with her profound and imaginative interpretations, astounding virtuosity and compelling personality.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata Op. 31 No. 3 in D minor, ‘The Tempest’
Claude Debussy: Pour le Piano
Henri Tomasi: Marine (Mouettes); Menutet; Tarantelle
Litha Efthymiou: In Motion (World premiere)
Maurice Ravel: Pavanne pour une Infante Défunte; Alborada del Gracioso
Tickets: £17.50. Under 25s – £8.00 at https://www.haymusic.org/
Tickets are also available from the Hay Tourist Bureau and at the door if still available (cash or card).
Please note: a limited number of free tickets (bookable online only) for those under 25 years of age, are offered as well as the usual half price under 25s tickets. Free tickets will only be available on a first-come-first served basis.
SATURDAY 24th February 7.00pm
Folk Singer, Songwriter Deborah Rose with Classical Cellist Sonia Hammond
Deborah Rose will perform songs from her timeless albums ‘Song be My Soul’ and ‘The Shining Pathway’ along with new material inspired by her love of poetry, the Psalms, and Welsh landscapes. Emotive, ethereal music with a Celtic sound Deborah’s pure voice will be accompanied by classical cellist Sonia Hammond.
Newport born musician Deborah Rose recently released a beautiful new single ‘I Lift My Eyes To The Hills’ recorded in, and inspired by, the evocative and remote Welsh chapel of Capel-y-ffin. The song won a national songwriting competition.
Deborah discovered the chapel, which translates as ‘Chapel Of The Boundary’, after a day trip to Hay-on-Wye in May 2023. She set off on a sunset drive to Hay Bluff, over the Gospel Pass to the hamlet of Capel-y-ffin. Her car got stuck, she sought help and found it in an unexpected place. Arriving at the chapel she saw the fitting words: ‘I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help’, engraved on the East window.
“For me, the song is about safe passage for the wayfarer. As a musician I’m often on the road touring or looking for new inspiration. This is a song of thanksgiving for all the help I’ve received along the way when I’ve had difficulties. It’s an expression of faith that on the journey there is always an element of seen and unseen help to guide you home.”
Fr. Richard Williams, Parish Priest of Hay-on-Wye with Capel-y-ffin and Llanigon said, “Both Deborah and I wrote about the coincidence of meeting here at this chapel in our respective newsletters. It’s often been described as a ‘thin place’, the place where the veil between this world and ‘the other’ has worn diaphanously thin. And perhaps where miracles/coincidences become almost commonplace.”
Deborah is currently working on a new album for release in 2024. She has toured with folk legend Judy Collins, US presidential candidate Marianne Williamson and American songwriter Jimmy Webb. She appeared on BBC Radio 2 to commemorate the anniversary of the late singer Eva Cassidy. Cassidy continues to inspire her alongside folk heroes Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. More recently she has performed with comedian and pianist Alistair McGowan. She runs songwriting workshops in schools, prisons and care homes. She has also worked in Uganda, Africa writing and recording songs with women and children in rural villages.
Tickets: £12.00 on the door, or £10.00 in advance from Eventbrite or by emailing