St Mary’s plays a starring role as Hay Festival 2019 comes to town

The Hay Festival 2019 gets underway this week, and the town’s St Mary’s Church is once again taking centre stage with a packed programme of concerts.

Guitarist Eirian Lewis, pictured, will be playing a meditative, late-night concert featuring works by Robert Schumann, Agustin Barrios, Graeme Koenhe, John Dowland and Roland Dyens on Sunday (May 26) from 10pm. Tickets are £10 and are available here or the festival box office on 01497 822629.

 

On Monday, May 27, at 1pm Hay Festival in association with BBC Radio 3 and St Mary’s Church present a lunchtime recital by Aleksey Semenenko, violin, and Inna Firsova, piano.

The recital will feature works by Ravel, Chaminade, Szymanowski and Saint-Saens.

This is the first of four recitals given during the festival to be recorded at St Mary’s Church by the BBC and tickets are £10.

And, later that day, for the first time Hay Music will present a concert at the Hay Festival. At 7pm in St Mary’s Church (Event 161), William Howard (piano) will perform the world premiere of a major new work by Howard Skempton, his 24 Preludes and Fugues.

The programme, which includes music by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Weir, Muhly and Novák, is preceded by a half hour discussion with Howard Skempton and William Howard led by Clemency Burton-Hill. Tickets are £10.

On Tuesday, May 28, at 1pm Hay Festival in association with BBC Radio 3 and St Mary’s Church present a lunchtime recital by Louis Schwizgebel, piano.  This second of four lunchtime recitals given during the Festival and recorded at St Mary’s Church by the BBC, features work by Ravel, Debussy and Mussorgsky. Tickets: £10.

The third lunchtime recital takes place on Wednesday, May 29, at 1pm with James Newby, baritone and Joe Middletonpiano. Debussy, Ravel and Duparc are the composers featured and tickets are also £10.

The final recital to be recorded at St Mary’s by the BBC during this year’s festival will take place on Thursday, May 30, at 1pm when the Szymanowski Quartet will play Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major and Karol Symanowski’s String Quartet No 1 in C Major Op. 37. Tickets are £10.

And, on June 1 at 9.45pm, Rachel Podger will be performing Bach Cello Suites transposed for violin. In this special late concert, Podger, “the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin” (The Times) performs three suites from her new album.

  • JS Bach: Cello Suite 1 in G Major BWV 1007 (transposed into D Major for violin)
  • JS Bach: Cello Suite 2 in D minor BWV 1008 (transposed into A minor for violin)
  • JS Bach: Cello Suite 3 in C Major BWV 1009 (transposed into G Major for violin).

Tickets are £15.

More information and tickets about all the concerts are available here or from the festival box office on 01497 822629.