Petrov Birov is a Ukrainian Iconographer who is fully trained and has been working in churches and painting Icons for some years.  He is now in Hay on Wye with his family until it is safe to return home. Meanwhile he has set up a website selling originals, prints and materials.  

For more information, please visit

Christina Watson (Christina Wright) has been a local sign writer and artist for over 45 years, she turned her hand to Iconography after visiting the Coptic Christian Churches in Old Cairo and has been practising the art for 13 years alongside her sign work. Christina gained a Prince’s Trust for Traditional Arts Certificate after training in Shrewsbury for three years with Aidan Hart  Aidan works internationally.

Some of Christina’s work is also displayed in the Shrine Chapel and around the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Hay on Wye and includes the painting and gilding of the stars in the Apse and the Icon of Christ within. 

Please do come and visit the exhibition where there will be Icons, prints and cards on sale, but please be aware that access to this beautiful little chapel would not be possible in a wheelchair and must be entered with care by the disabled, whereas at St. Mary’s Hay on Wye, there is wheelchair access and disabled toilets.

We look forward to welcoming you.  Christina and Petrov


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Will Barnes Jazz Quartet: Source of the Severn

The Will Barnes Quartet bring us an auditory treat to Hay Festival. Source of the Severn is their debut album – an evocative, fluid collection mixing hints of Wales with immaculately performed jazz. Will Barnes (guitar) is joined by James Batten (drums), Jack Gonsalez (piano) and Clovis Phillips (bass) – a tight collective of highly experienced jazz instrumentalists. Their original music is a modern take on the classic bebop era with influences of Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans, Pat Metheny and Oscar Peterson, further taking inspiration from the exquisite landscape of Mid Wales and the Marches. The beautiful album artwork by skilled landscape artist Erin Hughes is also very covetable!

Tickets: SOLD OUT

SATURDAY 25th May 11.30am Juliet Russell – Song in an Hour

This is your chance to sing with vocal coach and choir director Juliet Russell, as she teaches the 1980s classic ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ in honour of Wales’ own Bonnie Tyler. You’ll learn warm-ups, harmonies, breathing and performance techniques in this uplifting, inclusive and energising session. Russell has worked with Grammy, BRiT and MOBO artists. Her TV credits include The Voice and Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.

All experience levels welcome.
Tickets: £15.00 
SATURDAY 25th May 7.30pm  In Association with Hay Music: Hereford Chamber Choir – Dymock Poets Reimagined

St Mary’s Church in Hay, with its excellent acoustics, is the perfect setting for Hereford Chamber Choir’s performance of its critically acclaimed Dymock Poets Reimagined. This innovative concert focuses on seven contemporary composers and their choral settings of works by the Dymock Poets (who included Robert Frost, Rupert Brooke and Edward Thomas, all connected with the Gloucestershire village). Founded in 1983, Hereford Chamber Choir consists of 25 exceptional mixed voices. Under music director Simon Harper, the choir has a reputation for performing exciting programmes of choral music from the medieval era to newly commissioned works.

Tickets: £15.00
SUNDAY 26th May 1.00pm  In Association with Hay Music: Clare Hammond

Well known to Hay Music audiences and acclaimed as a “pianist of extraordinary gifts” (Gramophone) and “immense power” (The Times), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances. In 2016, she won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist Award in recognition of outstanding achievement. In the fine setting of St Mary’s Church, Hammond plays a programme comprising: Clara Schumann: Three Romances Op. 21; Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight’; Samy Moussa: Al’assaut des jardins; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in D major, K. 311 and Cécile Chaminade: ‘Impromptu’ Étude de Concert, Op. 35 No. 5 and Étude Romantique, Op. 132.

MONDAY 27th May BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert 1  James Atkinson and Michael Pandya

A BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concert series marking the centenary of Gabriel Fauré’s death. This first of four recitals recorded for broadcast explores the music of Fauré and others. James Atkinson (baritone) and Michael Pandya (piano) perform a programme including Fauré, Chausson, Lili Boulanger and Hahn.

Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please arrive in good time.
Tickets: £15.00 
MONDAY 27th May 7.30pm Clare Hammond and Tama Matheson

Explore the seductive and scandalous life of Lord Byron through a performance of his extraordinary narrative poem, Don Juan. Pianist Clare Hammond and actor Tama Matheson, using music by Felix Mendelssohn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Hélène de Montgeroult, William Grant Still and Isaac Albéniz, celebrate Byron’s inimitable wit in this bicentenary year of his death.

Tickets: £18.00 
TUESDAY 28th May BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert 2  Charles Owen

A BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concert series marking the centenary of Gabriel Fauré’s death. In this second of four recitals recorded for broadcast, Charles Owen (piano) performs a programme including Fauré, Chopin, Chaminade and Ravel.

Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please arrive in good time.
Tickets:SOLD OUT
WEDNESDAY 29th May 1.00pm BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert 3  Leonore Piano Trio and Lawrence Power

BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concert series marking the centenary of Gabriel Fauré’s death. In this third, and slightly longer, of four recitals recorded for broadcast, the Leonore Piano Trio and Lawrence Power (viola) perform Le Beau’s Piano Quartet in F minor, Op 28 and Fauré’s Piano Quartet No 2 in G minor, Op 45.

Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please arrive in good time.
Tickets: SOLD OUT
THURSDAY 30th May 1.00pm  BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert 4

A BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concert series marking the centenary of Gabriel Fauré’s death. In this last of four recitals recorded for broadcast, the Leonore Piano Trio performs Fauré’s Piano Trio in D minor, Op 120 and Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor.

Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please arrive in good time.
Tickets: SOLD OUT
FRIDAY 31st May  9.00pm  Fr Richard: Silent Film with Live Organ Accompaniment

Come and join us in the late Georgian-Gothic setting of St Mary’s Church for a special screening of Anthony Asquith’s great 1929 classic silent movie A Cottage on Dartmoor, with live organ accompaniment by Fr.Richard Williams. The film is a psycho-thriller replete with obsession and jealousy, much influenced by German Expressionism, and is one of British cinema’s most highly regarded silent films, the last to be made in the silent period.

Father Richard’s film nights are renowned. Parish priest in Hay from 2001 to until his retirement in 2024, he trained as a professional musician at Trinity College of Music, London. Don’t miss this chance to see him perform a live accompaniment on the Bevington organ.

Duration: 77 minutes with 20-minute interval
Tickets: SOLD OUT

SATURDAY 1st June 10.30am for 11.00am Organ Recital

Following his accompaniment of last night’s classic silent movie, Fr Richard will return to play the Bevington organ this morning, for this month’s organ recital.

Entry is free with a retiring collection in aid of St Mary’s.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.

SATURDAY 1st June 1.00pm  Fidelio Trio

This versatile and “virtuosic” (Sunday Times) piano trio travel around the globe performing their very extensive repertoire. They also broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3. In the acoustically excellent setting of St Mary’s Church, Darragh Morgan (violin), Tim Gill (cello) and Mary Dulleah (piano) perform Judith Weir: Piano Trio Two and Franz Schubert: Piano Trio No 2 in E-flat major.

Tickets: £18.00
SATURDAY 1st June 7.00pm The Last Days of Franz Kafka with James McVinnie and Guests

“And how late it is…” So ended Franz Kafka’s final diary entry, dated 12 June 1923, less than a year before he died on 3 June 1924. The last weekend of this year’s Hay Festival coincides with the 100th anniversary of the last two days of Kafka’s life, a tragic moment in literary history but one also charged with hope, because of his irrepressible spirit and immortal work, which survived despite its author’s wishes.

To mark the centenary, the London Review of Books has mined its remarkable archive to publish a chorus of the different ways its writers have thought about Kafka over the years. This one-off performance is interspersed with readings from Kafka’s own later diary entries, with the voices of special guests accompanied by music from Max Richter’s The Blue Notebooks, itself inspired by Kafka’s journals, played by the celebrated organist James McVinnie.

Tickets: £18.00