In July, Enigma Duo's concert "Music for a Summer evening" — Laurence Kempton (violin) & Katherine Thomas (harp) was extremely well-received. The audience would really like a return concert.

Enigma Duo in rehearsal

Enigma Duo in rehearsal

Our artist-in-residence, Lizzie Harper: natural history illustrator, had a tremendous amount of interest.

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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.


OUR NEXT CONCERT, Saturday 28th September

The Gwent Chamber Orchestra with soloists Sarah Newbold (flute) and Eluned Pierce (harp)


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Gwent Chamber Orchestra in rehearsal

Gwent Chamber Orchestra in rehearsal

Sarah Newbold and Eluned Pierce

Sarah Newbold and Eluned Pierce

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE Graham and Paul Davies—pyrography and wood-turning


The Farmers Arms

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

Other local concerts

Concert in Tretower Church on Sunday 8th September at 7pm.

Free, but donations for Myeloma UK will be invited.

Artists: Jane Eminson (flute), Hans Martin Ulbrich (oboe and cor anglais), Robert Chalmers (bassoon) and Peter Morris (organ and harpsichord).

They will be playing works by Haydn, Schubert, Dvorak and Debussy as well as others.


Sunday 8 September 2019 6:00pm

Joined by Rebecca Totterdell (violin), Miguel Rodriguez (viola), Kathryn Graham (cello). Details.

The Mule Shed, Pontrilas, Hereford HR2 0BL



Max Baillie - violin, Ruth Gibson - viola, Robin Michael - cello, William Conway - cello

Sunday, 7 September 2019 St Mary’s Church, Hay-on-Wye

Beethoven, Schnittke, Gliere and Arensky


Regular concerts and workshops (details).

BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Jonny Greenwood and the BBC NOW, Prom 70


BBC Proms. The English Concert and Kristian Bezuidenhout play Purcell and Handel.

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If you'd like to promote our next concert, you can download a poster (A4 PDF) to print at home. You can also download a set of flyers (double-sided/3 per page).

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.