Blackweir Brass gave us a fantastic concert, with moving accompanying poetry narrations by William Kirk.

Even before they could perform, transport problems meant they had to all squeeze into a VW Polo to get here (did the tuba get strapped to the roof-rack?)

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There was a Betjemen theme running through the evening, with the quintet reprising 'Hymn to St Cecilia'; arranged previously for Wantage Literary Festival.

'On Leaving Wantage' by Dan Hall was linked with Betjemen's home town poem.

Kamen's 'Quintet' had some lush harmonies; no wonder it's a staple of brass quintet repertoire.

We are always so lucky to have fabulous performers from RWCMD, and this concert continued the fine tradition.

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Local glass artist Sue Thorne showed an exciting selection of her work including textured pieces which use a layered technique.

Local glass artist Sue Thorne showed an exciting selection of her work including textured pieces which use a layered technique.

Our first concert of the year was by Chamber Quorum (Trio)—Ruth Watson: oboe, Wendy Quinlan: flute, Jeremy Fisher: piano.

Chamber Quorum

Chamber Quorum

We were treated to a great programme, with pieces from Quantz ('father of modern flute playing'), via Damase (with really gorgeous flowing melodies), a Leybach piano solo with a nice back-story (the score found with Jeremy Fisher's first piano), 'Guillaume Tell Duo' (I failed Billy Connolly's definition of an intellectual: 'someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger').

Works after the interval included the Prelude/Waltz from John Rutter's Suite Antique and Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. In all a fantastic first concert, thanks to Chamber Quorum.

Our Artist-in-residence was Hannah Firmin — illustrator & printmaker. A great opportunity to view her finely detailed, colourful prints.



The Gwent Chamber Orchestra / ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE Graham and Paul Davis—pyrography and wood-turning

Saturday 28th September

Other local concerts


A WEEKEND CELEBRATING 100 HAY MUSIC CONCERTS Saturday, 13 July - CoMA London Ensemble - conductor Gregory Rose (details).


Regular concerts and workshops (details).


BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Mark Wigglesworth conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Mahler's Symphony No 1 in D and, with Martin James Bartlett, Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No 2 in F.


The Farmers Arms

The community-owned Farmers Arms pub adjacent to the church is handy for pre-concert suppers and drinks. (01874 202132).



If you'd like to promote our next concert, you can download a poster (A4 PDF) to print at home.

Support of the Church fabric

In 2017 St. Michael & All Angels, a Grade 2* listed building, received £800 in fees for our four concerts. In addition we will be able to donate a further £2500, for use in maintenance of the church fabric.