Future Events


1 October



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Jayson Gillham (piano)

Dorstone House, Dorstone

Tickets: £15     Now booking

We are thrilled to welcome this acclaimed young musician for his third 'Hay Music' recital at Dorstone House, Dorstone (HR3 6AW) to play Bach, including transcriptions by Myra Hess and Busoni, Scriabin's Two Poems and Chopin's huge, thrilling B minor Sonata.

Ticket holders are welcome to visit the garden and arboretum from 1.30pm and maybe enjoy a picnic lunch. After the concert teas will be served in aid of Dorstone Church and Village Hall.


For more details, see the Home page

20 October



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Marsyas Trio

St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye

Tickets: £12
Students £6     Now booking

Helen Vidovich - flute, Val Welbanks - cello, Olga Stezhko - guest pianist

The London-based Marsyas Trio, formed in 2009 by graduates of the Royal Academy of Music, is dedicated to music for flute, cello and piano from the Classical era onward. Aiming to inspire a generation of new works for this genre, they are uncovering lesser known repertoire and are proactive in commissioning new music. The Trio has toured abroad, and performed most recently for the Oxford Chamber Music Society, and the Llandeilo, Ludlow, Three Choirs and Vale of Glamorgan Festivals. Live broadcasts include BBC Radio 3, Classic FM Bulgaria, and Bulgarian National Television. Upcoming performances include the Société de Musique Contemporaine Lausanne.


 Muzio Clementi (1752-1832) 
   Sonata for Pianoforte with Violin/Flute, and Cello
   in D major, Op. 29, No. 3


 Eugene Goossens (1893-1962) 
   Five Impressions of a Holiday, Op. 7 (1914)
   for Flute, Cello and Piano


 Hilary Tann (b. 1947) 
   In the Theatre of Air (2017, commissioned
   by the Marsyas Trio with the generous support
   of the Fidelio Charitable Trust and the 
   Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust)

 Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
   Trio in D minor, Op. 49 (1839)



3 November



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The Schubert Ensemble

St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye

Tickets: £15
Students £7.50     Now booking

William Howard - piano, Simon Blendis - violin, Jane Salmon - cello, Douglas Paterson - viola, Peter Buckoke - double bass

HAY MUSIC is delighted to welcome the renowned Schubert Ensemble.


Piers Hellawell

The Building of Curves for piano quartet


(commissioned by The Schubert Ensemble)


Piano Quintet No. 2


Piano Quintet Op 81


Since its first concert in January 1983 the Schubert Ensemble has become widely recognized as one of the world's leading exponents of music for piano and strings. The ensemble has performed in over 40 different countries, has over 80 commissions to its name, has recorded over 30 critically acclaimed CDs and is familiar to British audiences through regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. In 1998 the Ensemble's contribution to British musical life was recognized by the Royal Philharmonic Society when it presented the group with the Best Chamber Ensemble Award, for which it was shortlisted again in 2010.

In the past few years the Ensemble has enjoyed a busy international schedule, with performances in Bermuda, Canada, the Czech Republic, China, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and the USA. The Ensemble has also released recordings for the Chandos label of works by Martinu, Fauré, Enescu and Dvorák, all of which have been widely praised. The Dvorák disc and the most recent of two Enescu discs were each chosen as CD of the month by the BBC Music Magazine. They have recently released a new recording of piano quartets by Chausson and Saint-Saëns which received a double 5-star review in BBC Music Magazine. They have recently toured to Bermuda, the USA, Holland and Italy, and had performances at the Cambridge, Petworth, Spitalfields, Buxton, Gower, Tetbury and Bath/Mozart Festivals as well as a Fauré/Schumann series at London's Wigmore Hall.

The Ensemble has decided to bring its 35-year career to a close at the end of June 2018. It will see out its final season in celebratory style, with around fifty concerts planned in the UK and abroad, including return visits to Romania and Luxembourg and two tours of the USA. The Ensemble's final concert at Wigmore Hall will be on March 21st 2018.

"... vital spontaneity, expressive phrasing and an instinctive way of animating the music's textures so that they are close-knit but at the same time luminously articulated" - The Daily Telegraph

"... to say they play with a seasoned eloquence, a unanimity of feeling born of deep communal consideration, is an understatement for they demand superlatives" - Sunday Times

"... outstanding in every respect" - Guardian

"... a supernatural degree of polish"- Los Angeles Times

12 December



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

Richard Booth's Bookshop

Tickets: £15     Now booking


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 and Elizabeth's popular alliance will sprinkle some musical magic on a dark winter's night.



So shall the lute and harp awake


Exulta Filia


O intemerata


Canzonetta Spirituale sopra alla nanna


Ich freue mich in dir


Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier


O Jesulein süss


Fortunati pastori. . .Tocco la prima sorte


Now winter nights enlarge


Scenes from Fairy Queen and King Arthur


Sequence of traditional Christmas songs

Trad French

A minuit fut fait un réveil

Trad English

The truth from above


Adam lay ybounden


Gabriel's message

Trad Welsh

Cân y Plygain (14')


Or let the merry bells ring round


Elin Manahan Thomas is one of the most exceptional sopranos of her generation. Since releasing her début album 'Eternal Light' in 2007, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, she has performed at many of the world's most prestigious venues and festivals, and with leading orchestras and conductors. Perhaps she is 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.

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.