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.


Friday, 28th and Saturday, 29th September
The  Swan and St Mary’s Church, Hay  on Wye
The Fitzwilliam String Quartet and Richard Wigmore
Study sessions and concert: Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert

On the Friday afternoon a study/discussion session in The Swan Hotel on Beethoven’s fanatically concentrated Quartet in F minor, op. 95 will be framed by two complete performances (there were double performances of Beethoven’s quartets in his lifetime).

The Saturday morning will be devoted to study of two of the greatest classical/romantic string quintets, Mozart’s Quintet in C, K515 (with two violas), and Schubert’s C major Quintet (with two cellos), in preparation for an evening concert in St Mary’s Church. The extra cellist will be Moray Welsh, the second viola player Susie Mészáros (‘borrowed’ from the Chilingirian Quartet for the weekend), both performers well known to Hay Music audiences.

A detailed but non-technical investigation of the music will be complemented by biographical and cultural background, with the players on hand for instant demonstration and additional comment.



3.45 – 5.45:  Performance of Beethoven’s Op. 95 in The Swan Hotel, followed by study session/discussion, and a repeat performance. There will be a tea/coffee break.

7.30:  Dinner in the Swan Hotel (three courses)


10.30 – 1.00:  Study session in The Swan Hotel on Mozart’s Quintet in C, K515 and Schubert’s C major Quintet.  There will be a tea/coffee break.

6.30:  Concert in St Mary’s Church, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5EB

Mozart:  String Quintet in C, K515

Schubert:  String Quintet in C, D956

Refreshments available during the interval

Saturday 6th October

10.30am. Organ recital and coffee. Free entry, retiring collection.

Paul Cook will play on the Bevington Organ a selection of classic pieces, including works by:

JS Bach; Benjamin Britten; Louis Vierne, and Josef Rheinberger

Sunday 7th October

3.00pm. Russian choir: Volksrenjie Choir of St Petersburg.

An afternoon concert by this  internationally renowned Russian choir.

A welcome return of this outstanding small choir which has delighted Hay audiences on previous visits with their fine voices and entertaining presentation in a programme of secular and religious music from Russia and elsewhere.

The Voskresenije Choir, all internationally trained at the world class St Petersburg Conservatoire and conducted by musical director Jurij Maruk, plan a programme in two parts: the first half concentrates on Russian sacred music including works by Rachmaninov, and, in the second, Russian folk songs allow each of the performers to perform a solo.
Tickets £12.00 (students £6) from Richard Booth’s Bookshop in person,  01497 820322, or at the door if seats still available. Refreshments available during the interval.




A feast of sacred and secular medieval music from England, France and the Netherlands.

In this varied selection of instrumental  and vocal music, the Amyas Duo and Duo Maddalena recreate the soundscape of medieval France, England and Spain. Music by Troubadours and Trobairitz such as the Comtessa Beatrice de Dia, are intertwined with lute-songs by Binchois, up-beat dances by Machaut, a contemporary setting of a Trobairitz poem by Tansy Davies, and a range of serious, humorous and devotional anonymous pieces.

Amyas, represented in this concert by Emily Baines (woodwinds) and Arngeir Hauksson (lute, percussion), are a period instrument group specialising in exuberant performances of historical repertoire. They are specialists in historically informed performance, as well as carrying out cutting-edge research into earlier practices. The group are committed to an understanding of history but also to embracing the 21st century and new possibilities for performance spaces and techniques. Similarly, they are passionate both about discovering unknown early sources and also improvisation and composition. Their performances range from the well-loved classics of the eighteenth century (imbued with their typical flair of course!) to electronic manipulation of medieval songs and dances – and everything in between.

Duo Maddalena is formed of Janet Oates (soprano, percussion) and Lucy Green (mezzo, hurdy-gurdy). They specialise in three aspects of music, and their interactions: early music, contemporary classical music and music by women composers, offering programmes of entirely mediaeval, renaissance or baroque pieces, entirely newly-composed works or eclectic mixes. For each concert they invite friends and colleagues to join them, providing historically informed accompaniment. They are also interested in new music written for early instruments, and commissioning new works. In and across both earlier and contemporary periods, music by women features in most of their performances, and they enjoy seeking out and arranging or translating little known works.

Tickets £12.00 (students £6) from Richard Booth’s Bookshop in person, 01497 820322, or at the door if seats still available. Refreshments available during the interval.


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.