The 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.


Friday 12th November 7.00pm

The Ligeti Quartet

Mandhira de Saram – violin.   Patrick Dawkins – violin.   Richard Jones – viola.  Val Welbanks  – cello

Returning top Hay-on-Wye after their sell-out 2016 concert in Booths Bookshop, the Ligeti Quartet presents a programme of pieces showing how music from folk traditions has shaped the string quartet repertoire from Beethoven to the present day. The programme culminates in a performance of Bartok’s 5th String Quartet.

The Ligeti Quartet plots a course back through the history of the string quartet from the present day to Beethoven to discover how folk traditions from around the world have revitalised the genre.  They present a programme of thrillingly virtuosic music, played by specialists in the field who will act as your tour guides through a multiverse of new sounds for this, most-classical of ensembles. The first half is a carefully selected mixtape, built around Ligeti Quartet’s critically acclaimed album Songbooks Volume 1  which Ivan Hewitt, writing in the Telegraph, described as “a heartening reminder that modern music too can refresh the spirits and take us out of ourselves.” They’ll finish by talking us through one of the masterpieces of the genre, Bartók’s 5th Quartet, clearly built on the model of Beethoven but infused by the rhythms and melodies of his native Hungarian folk music. 

The Ligeti Quartet has been at the forefront of modern and contemporary music since its formation in 2010. It has established a reputation as one of the UK’s leading ensembles, breaking new ground through innovative programming and championing of today’s most exciting composers and artists.

Having played at landmark venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Curtis Institute, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Barbican Hall and Kings Place, the Quartet also regularly escapes the stage, previous venues including museums, galleries, theatres, pubs, an IMAX Theatre, a fishing boat and a cave. In autumn 2018 they took part in a critically acclaimed tour of UK planetariums in association with Sound UK.

They have commissioned many new works and have collaborated with artists from all types of musical backgrounds including Anna Meredith, Stef Conner, Elliot Galvin, Kerry Andrew (Juice Vocal Ensemble), Laura Jurd, Meilyr Jones, Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy), Seb Rochford (Polar Bear), Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet), Shed 7 and Submotion Orchestra. They are currently working on a long-term project with Ernst von Siemens, prize-winning composer, and Christian Mason to create a series of Songbooks for string quartet, based on overtone singing traditions from around the world.

The Quartet are passionate about supporting emerging composers and taking new music to diverse audiences. As Ensemble in Residence at Sheffield University and Goldsmiths, University of London, they regularly lead composition workshops and undertake education and community outreach work. They took part in the Cheltenham Festival Composers’ Academy 2017 and became City Music Foundation Artists in 2016. They completed a residence at Cambridge University (2016-19).

Tickets: £15 (students £7.50)    From   Also available from the Oxford Road Tourist Bureau or ‘on the door’ (cash or card).



The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Fr Richard Williams provides organ accompaniment to this classic silent film.

Father Richard Williams’ film nights are renowned. Parish priest in Hay since 2001, he trained as a professional musician at Trinity College of Music, London, studying piano, organ and composition. His offering this Winter Weekend in the late Georgian-Gothic setting of St Mary’s Church is a live accompaniment on the Bevington organ to the classic 1920 German silent horror film, directed by Robert Wiene, written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer.

At a fairground, a Dr Caligari has a somnambulist, Cesare, who can predict the future. When a young man visits him and asks how long he will live, the answer is until dawn…

This event will not be live-streamed.
Price: £15.00
Only Friends of Hay Festival may buy tickets prior to public launch.