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.


 Mid-Wales Opera

L’Heure Espagnole

Thursday 22nd November 2018, 7pm – 9pm Venue: St Mary’s Church

First performed in Paris in 1911, Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole is set in a clock shop in Toledo, central Spain. It follows the fortunes of Torquemada, the hard-working clockmaker as, during the course of one hot afternoon, his young wife Concepción negotiates her way through her collection of ridiculous lovers. Ravel’s music is bursting with hummable melodies, lively habanera dances and other Spanish folk song elements to get audiences buzzing. This is opera for everyone. In the second half of the evening, our musicians and singers will present an eclectic and entertaining taste of Spain – with some old favourites and new delights to enjoy.

Richard Williams

Nosferatu: screening with organ music

Friday 23rd November 2018, 9.30pm – 11pm Venue: St Mary’s Church

Father Richard Williams, the extraordinarily gifted organist, composer and vicar of St Mary’s Church in Hay, performs his stunning live accompaniment to FW Murnau’s classic, silent, 1922 Dracula movie Nosferatu, using the church’s outstanding Bevington organ.

Fiona Evans and the Festival Choir

The Hay Messiah: Sunday 25 November 2018, 7pm Venue: St Mary’s Church

 Handel’s Messiah part 1 and the Hallelujah Chorus will be performed as a ‘Come and Sing’ project with rehearsals over the weekend. This performance will be accompanied by Aeron Preston on the piano and Robert Evans will be the bass soloist. The other traditionally performed solo roles will be re-imagined with a humanitarian slant that will enhance your experience of the performance. If you love  Handel’s Messiah then this new version will delight and enthral you.


Friday 30th November

6.00pm: Hay Primary School and Talgarth Male voice Choir Carol Concert.

Free entry, retiring collection.



From the birth of the banjo to the Golden Age of the guitar, in a fascinating cabaret that takes us from Africa to Hawaii, from the Ukulele to the Octophone, the Wizard of the Strings sings, plays, entertains, and demonstrates a dozen fretted instruments.

Bach, Chopin, Hot Jazz novelties, and even the Dam Busters March.  Expect to be amazed!

Martin Wheatley, born in London in 1958, gained a BA in Music from Colchester Institute and an MA from UCL.

Virtuosic player of most fretted instruments: Banjo, Guitar, Ukulele, Hawaiian Guitar, Mandolin etc, he is expert in early jazz styles, as well as ragtime, blues, country and Hawaiian music.

His speciality is solo fingerstyle playing and his repertoire includes pieces that might seem impossible to perform on a small four stringed instrument.

Not surprisingly, he is a popular member of all the notable classic jazz orchestras, including most of Keith Nichol’s ensembles, the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, the Basin Street Brawlers and his own bands: The Hula Bluebirds and Wheatley’s Arcadians. The latter five-piece band tours regularly with the show ‘Strings Ain’t What They Used to Be’.

Memorable concerts: The Albert Hall with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, being the featured act at the Belgian Ukulele Festival and leading his own ensemble at the Venice Biennale.

He has performed all over Europe and America and was a key player on Bryan Ferry’s 1930s tour, for whom he recorded four albums. He also recorded on the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann’s film, ‘The Great Gatsby’. His television appearances include ‘Later with Jools Holland’, Top of the Pops and the Live Proms.

Accompanying Martin Wheatley on 1st December is Martin Litton, an internationally renowned pianist, arranger, and bandleader specialising in all the classic styles of jazz, from the age of Ragtime through to the Swing era and beyond.

Hay Jazz presents cabaret evenings with the best jazz musicians in their field. Melody and entertainment! Buy tickets at £12.00 online or on the door. Discounts available (for more information ring 07748 652 194 or email 

Watch out for a further series of Hay Jazz cabaret evenings in 2019!


7.30 pm ‘NOW WINTER COMES SLOWLY’: A festive programme of wintry favourites featuring scenes from Purcell’s Fairy Queen and King Arthur, hymns to the Virgin, celebratory Christmas songs by Bach and Scarlatti and traditional carols and Noels.

ELIN MANAHAN THOMAS – soprano ELIZABETH KENNY – lute and theorbo

Elin Manahan Thomas is one of the most exceptional sopranos of her generation. She has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals and with leading orchestras and conductors. Elin is perhaps most famously known for her performances of baroque masterpieces such as Handel’s ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine’ at the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony and again at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Elizabeth Kenny is one of Europe’s leading lute players.  Her playing has been described as “incandescent” (Music and Vision), “radical” (The Independent) and “indecently beautiful” (Toronto Post).  In twenty years of touring she has played with many of the world’s best period instrument groups.

 ‘Sprinkle some musical magic on a dark winter’s night


Tickets £15.00 (students £7.50) from Richard Booth’s Bookshop in person,  01497 820322, or at the door if seats still available.  Refreshments available during the interval.