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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


For more details, see the Home page

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



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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.


Bach (Petri)

Sheep May Safely Graze


Capriccio on the departure of a


beloved brother BWV 992


Fantasy and Fugue in A minor BWV 904

Bach (Kempff)

Siciliano from Flute Sonata No. 2

Bach (Myra

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring



Bach (Busoni)

Nun freut euch, liebe Christen g'mein

Bach (Busoni)

Chaconne from Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor


Two Poems, Op. 32


Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58


Jayson Gillham was born in 1986 in Dalby, Queensland, started piano lessons at the age of four and had his first public performance at the Dalby Eisteddfod where he played a minuet by J S Bach. In 1993 he commenced formal piano lessons from Eugene Gienger in Toowoomba. At the age of seven, he won the Dalby Eisteddfod's Open Age section. When he was 14, he travelled 500km each week to Brisbane for piano lessons with Leah Horwitz and at 17 was semi-finalist in the Sydney International Piano Competition. He graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2007 after which he relocated to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton.

In 2012 Jayson was Commonwealth Musician of the Year and Gold Medallist of the Royal Over-Seas League. Other competition successes include The Leeds International Piano Competition, The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and The International Chopin Piano Competition.

In 2014 he won The Montreal International Piano Competition since when he has toured the world widely.

He has played concertos with many international orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Wuhan Philharmonic.

Jayson has given recitals at some of the world's most prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall and the Auditorium of the Louvre.

His recording of Beethoven's 4th piano concerto with conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and his most recent CD of Medtner and Rachmaninoff piano concertos received enthusiastic reviews, as have his CD's of solo piano works.

"He plays Beethoven with a sort of 'glow' ... always a lovely sound - gorgeous!" - Sir Mark Elder

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.