Future Events


21 July



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The Solem Quartet

St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye

Tickets: £12     Now booking

Amy Tress (violin), Alistair Vennart (viola),
Catherine Guy (violin), Stephanie Tress (cello)



String Quartet in D minor K421


String Quartet in F major




Quartet No 8


For more details, see the Home page

19 August



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The Camilli String Quartet

Richard Booth's Bookshop

Tickets: £10     Now booking

Erin smith - violin, Nandita Bhatia - violin,
Elin Parry - viola, Olivia Clayton - cello

Formed while studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the quartet were the winners of the John Barbirolli Competition 2015, and were also awarded a place on the Richard Carne Chamber Mentorship Scheme. The quartet is made up of experienced chamber and solo musicians, and they currently hold individual scholarships at Trinity Laban. They have performed at venues around the UK including Kensington Palace, the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Farnham Maltings, opening of Madhurst Arts Festival, Benslow Music Trust and the Wigmore Hall.

They will perform a programme of popular classics (including Vivaldi Four Seasons) and light pieces (Gershwin, Cole Porter, Scott Joplin, etc). Full details to follow.

Nandita Bhatia began her musical studies at the age of seven in Baldock, Hertfordshire. She graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Music (BMus) from King's College London in 2009. Whilst at King's, she studied violin with Diana Cummings at The Royal Academy of Music. She has since completed a Masters in Violin Performance with Clare Thompson at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and dance, where she performed in masterclasses with numerous eminent violinists including Tasmin Little and Andrew Haveron. Nandita has recently completed a Postgraduate Artist Diploma at Trinity Laban, continuing her studies with Clare Thompson as a Trinity Laban and a Trinity College London Scholar. Nandita undertakes freelance work with various orchestras in and around London, including performing with new BME orchestra Chineke! at the Royal Festival Hall, and with the Britten Pears Orchestra under conductor Marin Alsop. She also teaches violin and piano in London and Hertfordshire.  As a composer, she has had a number of her works performed and recorded, including a recording and workshop with the contemporary ensemble Lontano.

Born in South Wales, Elin Parry began her musical life studying violin at the Junior Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama at the age of four. Since then, she has received tuition from Edmund Wilson, who was instrumental in introducing her to the viola at the age of eight, and Harry Cawood. After graduating with a BMus Degree, Elin has recently finished her final year of the Master of Music course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Distinction, studying with Rivka Golani and was supported by the Shield Award, the Stanley Picker Trust and as a Trinity College London Scholar. She is the winner of the 2016 City Livery Club Music Award, the 2014 Vera Kantrovich Prize for Solo Bach, and has performed in masterclasses with Martin Outram, Laszlo Barsonay, Aleksandar Milosev and Jiri Zigmund. A member of the Southbank Sinfonia 2017, Elin is a keen orchestral and chamber musician, playing with ensembles including the college Symphony Orchestra, the London Firebird Orchestra and as a principal viola of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. She has played in many prestigious venues in the UK and abroad, including Hoddinot Hall, St David's Hall, the Sage Gateshead, the Royal Albert Hall, the Berlin Konzerthaus and Carnegie Hall.

Erin Smith started playing the violin at the age of four with Jean-Ann Callender and by twelve, she had performed on TV and Radio, and in the Scottish and British Parliaments on many occasions. She has won over 200 Scottish competitions and also competed in the 2002 Glenfiddich Championships at the age of fourteen. She has toured all over the UK, Europe and Mauritius with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, which she led on their tours of the UK and Ireland and has twice won the Daughter of Dewar Award.  Erin graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2011, where she studied with the late Howard Davis and Diana Cummings, with whom she continued her studies whilst completing her Masters Degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2013. She obtained her teaching Diploma while at the Royal Academy of Music and has worked with top conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Sir Simon Rattle and the late Vernon Handley. Erin has recently released her debut CD of Scottish fiddle music, "The Lass O' Bon Accord".

Olivia Clayton is currently working towards her Post Graduate Advanced Diploma in cello performance, continuing her studies with David Cohen at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she has gained a Scholarship. Previous to this Olivia graduated with distinction for her Masters degree in cello performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she was awarded a Trinity College scholarship, Pauline Holden Scholarship and a South Square Scholarship. Whilst at Trinity, Olivia has participated in many masterclasses with renowned cellists, including Raphael Wallfisch, Lionel Handy, Daniel Vies, Leonard Elchenbroich, Alexander Ivashkin and Sally Pendlebury, has led numerous orchestral projects and has been awarded the Barbirolli Memorial Award for solo cello two years running in 2015 and 2016.Olivia performs regularly with a variety of London orchestras, performing in a number of prestigious venues including Cadogan hall, St John's Smith Square, St Paul's Cathedral and Snape Maltings. Olivia is currently playing on a Benjamin Banks cello generously loaned to her from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

1 September



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Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins
Piano Duo: Four Hands on One Piano

Dorstone House, Dorstone

Tickets: £14     Now booking

Ticket holders are welcome to visit the garden and arboretum from 3.00pm and maybe enjoy their picnic tea. After the concert there will be a complimentary glass of wine (or soft drink).


P. Grainger

Let's Dance Gay in Green Meadow

W. A. Mozart

Sonata for four hands in C major, KV 19d

C. M. von Weber

From Huit Pièces, op. 60

R. Wagner

Polonaise in D Major, op. 2

R. Schumann

Kinderball, 6 leichte Tanzstücke, Op. 130

C. Debussy

Petite Suite, L 65

G. Gershwin


(arr. Gregory Stone)

I got rhythm


Described as 'an amazingly talented pianist' by the leading Italian magazine Musica, the Neapolitan pianist Emma Abbate enjoys a demanding career as a piano accompanist and chamber musician, working with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. She has performed in duo recitals for international festivals and concert societies in Salzburg, Lisbon, Naples, Ischia, Koscierzyna and Sorrento, and at many prestigious UK venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, St John's Smith Square, St George's, Bristol and Aldeburgh Festival, in addition to broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.

Emma has recently released the first of two volumes of Mozart's complete piano duets on original fortepianos with Julian Perkins for Resonus Classics, and two discs devoted to works by Stephen Dodgson for Toccata Classics: world-première recordings of his cello and piano music with Evva Mizerska, and his piano quintets with the Tippett Quartet. She is also releasing a series of recordings devoted to 20th century Italian vocal chamber music, the latest of which is the world-première disc of Shakespeare Sonnets by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the BBC New Generation Artist Ashley Riches for Resonus Classics. Future plans include the world-première recording of songs by Ildebrando Pizzetti with the mezzo-soprano Hanna Hipp for Resonus Classics.

Based in London, Emma is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a coach for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Following her graduation from the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatoire in Naples and an Advanced Diploma from the S. Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome, Emma studied in London with Yonty Solomon. She completed her studies with Geoffrey Pratley as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, from where she graduated with distinction. She was also awarded an Italian Literature and Culture degree cum laude from the Federico II University in Naples.

Described as 'exuberantly stylish' by the Sunday Times, Julian Perkins is Founder Director of Sounds Baroque and designate Artistic Director of the Cambridge Handel Opera Company.

Solo recitals have included appearances for international festivals at St Albans, Buxton, Canterbury, Oundle, Ryedale and Two Moors in repertoire including J. S. Bach's 48 Preludes and Fugues. Julian has appeared with many leading soloists and ensembles at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, London, Lincoln Center, New York, and Sydney Opera House, as well as at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival. In addition to performing as solo harpsichordist in productions at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Welsh National Opera, Julian has performed concertos with groups including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of the Sixteen and New London Soloists. As a conductor, Julian has performed staged opera productions for organisations such as the Buxton Festival, Dutch National Opera Academy, Grimeborn Festival, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Kings Place, New Chamber Opera and New Kent Opera, and concert performances with, among others, the Bampton Classical Players, Barts Chamber Choir, Bury Court Opera, New London Singers, Rodolfus Choir, Southbank Sinfonia and Spiritato.

Julian's discography has seen acclaimed solo and chamber recordings for Avie, Coro, Chandos, Opus Arte and Resonus on a wide range of instruments, including the Queen's harpsichord at Kew Palace. Recent releases include the world-première of J. C. Smith's op. 3 solo harpsichord suites, described as 'brilliant and fresh' by American Record Guide. His 2016 recording of J. S. Bach's French Suites on clavichord was described as 'music making of the highest order' by the Boston Clavichord Society.

Julian read music at King's College, Cambridge, and completed his formal studies at the Schola Cantorum, Basle and the Royal Academy of Music, London. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and has been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his 'significant contribution' thus far to the music profession.

1 October



Jayson Gillham (piano)

Dorstone House, Dorstone

Tickets: £15

20 October



Marsyas Trio

St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye

Tickets: £10

3 November



The Schubert Ensemble

St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye

Tickets: £15

12 December



Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano)
Elizabeth Kenny (lute & theorbo)

Richard Booth's Bookshop

Tickets: £12