Events

 

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.

 

THURSDAY 5TH MARCH 7.00pm

The Solem String Quartet

Amy Tress, violin; William Newell, violin; Alistair Vennart, viola; Stephanie Tress, cello.

‘The Solem Quartet has established itself as one of the innovative and adventurous quartets of its generation’.

Winner of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Ensemble Competition in 2014, the Solem Quartet was founded in 2011 at the University of Manchester. The Quartet takes its name for the University’s motto ‘ardus ad solem’, ‘striving towards the sun’.

Since 2016 the Quartet has been ‘Quartet in Residence’ at the University of Liverpool and has also been appointed ‘Ensemble in Residence’ at Aberystwyth MusicFest.

This year they hope to undertake a tour of China with nine concerts in some of the country’s major concert halls.

This evening’s programme features:

Beethoven Quartet No 12 in E flat major, Op 127; John Luther Adams The Wind in High Places and

Brahms Quartet in A minor, Op 51, No 2.

Tickets £12.50 (Students £6.60). Under 18s free. Groups by arrangement.

Purchase in person from Richard Booth’s Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye. From www.boothbooks.co.uk.

On the door, cash only, if available.

Licenced bar available.

SATURDAY 7TH MARCH 10.30am

A recital on the Bevington Organ, given by St Mary’s Choirmaster and Organist, Barrie Magill.

Free entry. Coffee and biscuits. Retiring collection in aid of St Mary’s.

SUNDAY 8TH MARCH

Wye Valley CoMA Ensemble.

Supported by professional leaders, composers and musicians a new CoMA (Contemporary Music for All) ensemble, conducted by Andrew Morris, is being established in the Wye Valley Area. Andrew Morris is a well-known conductor, pianist and composer.

CoMA ensembles welcome players of all abilities and instruments, encouraging them to explore all sorts of new music.

There will be a CoMA rehearsal/workshop at St Mary’s Church from 3.30pm – 5.30pm on Sunday 8th March. This will be followed by a performance, in the church, at 7.00pm.

If you play any instrument at any level, do please come along and join in.

If you would prefer to just come to the performance, entry is free.

Enquiries to: andrewjmorris@icloud.com

Licenced bar available.

FRIDAY 20TH MARCH 7.00pm (Concert starts 7.30pm)

‘WHAT?’

Charlie Beresford, guitar; Gerry Gold, trumpet; Sonia Hammond, cello; Rod Paton, Piano.

The ‘What?’ Quartet’s music has been described as like finding one of the great, lost, recordings of ECM.

The Quartet combines guitar, cello, trumpet, piano and more to create a mesmerising and unclassifiable music that at all times sounds like the score of a film you saw in a dream.

Reserve tickets via info@the52nd.com or purchase on the door. Tickets: £10.00.

More information, ‘phone Rod on 07717416319

Licenced bar available.

FRIDAY 27TH MARCH 7.30pm

THE WERNFACH SINGERS

The popular local choir presents a programme of words and music to mark the forthcoming Holy Week (Passion Week).

Readings and anthems by, among others, Byrd, Parry, Vaughan-Williams, Steiner, Bairstow and Bennet will be followed by Fauré’s Requiem.

Entry is free. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Hay, Brecon and Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees.

A licenced bar will be available.

SUNDAY 29TH MARCH 7.30pm

Unicorn Singers present: ‘An Easter Journey’

Inspirational Choral Music to accompany the Greatest Story Ever Told

From the rich polyphony of Renaissance composers Byrd, Gibbons and Sheppard to the epic modern soundscapes of John Tavener and Eric Whitacre.

This tapestry of pieces unravels both the agony and ecstasy of the Passiontide drama from the poignant moments of the Last Supper and Crucifixion to the joy and mystery of Easter Morning itself.

There is much contrast for the listener throughout, with other choral gems from leading composers Purcell, Bruckner, Poulenc and Ireland adding a further dimension to the programme.

The programme includes:

Byrd: Christ Rising; Laudibus in Sanctis; Ireland: Greater Love; Whitacre: I Thank You God;

Tavener: As One Who Has Slept; Purcell: I Will Sing Unto the Lord; Gibbons: Hosanna to the Son of David;

Schütz: Reduc, Domine Deus Meus; Bruckner: Christus Factus Est; Sheppard: Sacris Solemnis;

Taverner: Dum Transisset; Poulenc: Timor et Tremor; Blow: Salvator Mundi; Guerrero: Vexilla Regis.

Tickets on the door: £10.00. From Unicorn Choir members, or via www.unicornsingers.co.uk

Licenced bar available.