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


 10.30am Organ Recital with Iain Morison

Anglican hymns:  Down Ampney by Vaughan Williams & Cornwall by Samuel Sebastian Wesley.

Dido’s Lament: Henry Purcell.

A Chorale Prelude: Buxtehude.

A short prelude in E minor: JS Bach

All’elevazione 1 Domenico Zipoli.

Adagio from Toccata, Adagio and Fugue: JS Bach

Choral improvisation, Saraband: Karg-Elert

Meditation in A Minor: Iain Morison

For Greater Love Hath No Man: Dudley and Hesford

True Love from High Society: Cole Porter

Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera:  Andrew Lloyd Webber

Largo from New World Symphony:   Dvorak

Ah Leave me Not to Pine alone, from Pirates of Penzance: Sullivan

Tuba Tune: CS Lang

Fanfare March and Air: Iain Morison.

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


SUNDAY MARCH 17TH 3.30pm TO 5.30pm

Milly Forrest, Soprano and Joseph Ramadan, piano

Present a concert of songs and operatic arias from Germany, Italy and England.

Composers featured include: Richard Strauss; Rossini; Bellini; Puccini; Mozart, Handel; Brittan; Vaughan Williams and Gilbert and Sullivan.

After completing her undergraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of Kathleen Livingstone, lyric soprano Milly Forrest is currently working towards her Masters at the Royal College of Music where she studies with Alison Wells.  On the operatic stage Milly has sung the roles of Barbarina – Le Nozze di Figaro (Royal College Opera School), Miranda – The Enchanted Island (British Youth Opera), Susanna – Le Nozze di Figaro (London Young Sinfonia), Clorinda – La Cenerentola (London Young Sinfonia), Fiordiligi – Cosi fan tutte (London Young Sinfonia) and Amore – L’incoronazione di Poppea (Royal Academy Opera).  In opera scenes at the RAM and RCM Milly has worked on Adina – L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti), Ilia – Idomeneo (Mozart), Cricket Ghost – Pinocchio (Jonathan Dove), Rodelinda (Handel) and Nanetta – Falstaff (Verdi).

This summer Milly will be working for Garsington Opera Company on their Alvarez Young Artist programme.  In October Milly will be performing the role of Iris in the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s production of Semele conducted by Yu Long and in 2020 she looks forward to covering the role of Barbarina in the ENO’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro.

Tickets: £12 (Students £6)

Tickets in person from Richard Booth’s Bookshop, 44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye or by telephone: 01497 820322

Online through Booth’s Bookshop or at the door

Refreshments available during the interval



 A Concert of Baroque and Renaissance Music for Harpsichord, Spinet, Voice and Viola Da Gamba

Yat-Soon Yeo, Harpsichord, Spinet; Claire Horácek, Viola da Gamba; Lucy Green, Mezzo-soprano

 An evening of serious, sublime, funny and romantic songs from operas and masques. Instrumental music for harpsichord and viola da gamba by Frescobaldi, Bryd, Couperin, Baldassare Galuppi and others. A re-interpretation of some of John Dowland’s most beloved lute-songs, accompanied by the spinet.

Yat-Soon Yeo (harpsichord, spinet) was born in London of Chinese parents. He studied Music and Historical Musicology at King’s College London, and Harpsichord and Conducting the Guildhall School of Music, where he won the prestigious Raymond Russell Prize for Harpsichord. He performs widely as a harpsichordist, specializing in performing in historic buildings. Regular venues include the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, Handel House Museum and Strawberry Hill House in the UK, and Kammersaal Friedenau and the Music Instrument Museum, Berlin in Germany. Yat-Soon also specializes in baroque opera and has conducted for London Baroque Opera, City of London Festival and Opéra de Baugé. He plays with the ensembles Follia, The Stanesby Players and Camerata Berolinensis (Berlin). He performs regularly at the South Bank and St John’s Smith Square and has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM radio and BBC1, BBC4 and Channel 4 television. Yat-Soon has had a long association with education, having been Director of Music at St Paul’s Girls’ School and The Lady Eleanor Holles School. He currently teaches harpsichord, coaches chamber music and lectures on historical performance for the Centre for Early Music Performance and Research at the University of Birmingham. For further information please visit


Claire Horácek (viola da gamba) received a distinction for her Masters in viola da gamba performance, studying with Elizabeth Kenny and Jonathan Manson at Southampton University. She did her first degree in Fine Art at Oxford University but spent a good deal of time there playing the ‘cello and furthering her love of early music and interest in historical performance practice. After 20 years teaching art and bringing up her family, she now combines working as a freelance performer on both baroque and renaissance viols, as well as, when time allows, painting. She is a member of the Linarol Consort of Renaissance Viols, founded by David Hatcher, which specialises in the repertoire of 16th century middle Europe, Ensemble Échos, a baroque chamber group formed by postgraduate students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and the Spinacino Consort. She recently performed in the UK premiere of a newly attributed cantata, Ariane Consolée Par Bacchus by François Couperin on his 350th birthday.


Lucy Green (mezzo-soprano) is Emerita Professor of Music Education at the UCL Institute of Education in London. She did a B.Ed in Music at Cambridge, a Masters in Music and a Doctorate in Music Education at Sussex University. She holds an LRAM in piano teaching and a DipRSM in vocal performance. Firmly committed to community music in all its incarnations, she was until recently Assistant Musical Director and Stage Director of Richmond Opera, an inclusive group in West London. She has sung many oratorio solos and lead roles in operas by Handel, Eccles, Monteverdi, Purcell, Mozart and Sullivan. With her group, Duo Maddalena and other friends she performs regular recitals, specialising in mediaeval, renaissance and baroque music.

7.30pm to 9.30 pm Tickets £12 on the door, or from:

Tel: 07904 784239



 7.30pm Hay Jazz Cabaret Evening

Tony Jacobs, accompanied on the piano by Jim Barry, presents ‘The Melody Lingers On’ an evening

celebrating the music and stories of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and other great songwriters.

Tickets £12.00 on the door or from

Further information: or 07748 652194