Hay’s St Mary’s to host celebration concert in summer of music

Hay Music is celebrating 100 concerts in July, including a special performance by Rachel Podger at the town’s St Mary’s Church.

The concert is part of the ‘A Celebration of Music in Hay’ weekend and violinist Rachel will be joined by Kristian Bezuidenhout (harpsichord).

Rachel has established herself as a leading interpreter of the baroque and classical and was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize in October 2015 and is the 2018 Gramophone Artist of the Year. A creative programmer, she is the founder and artistic director of Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque.

St Mary’s Church in Hay is using music to reach out to the community after work to make the church more comfortable and accessible was completed.

There have been repairs to the fabric of the building and improvements to disabled access, toilets have been put in and a new central heating system fitted.

The church is available for hire as a concert venue, as well as putting on its own concerts.

Also performing at St Mary’s in the coming weeks are James Hickman and James Cassidy, below, a transatlantic duo inspired by the folk traditions of America and Britain.

They will be performing on July 6 and tickets, priced at £10, will be available at the door.

Earlier that day – 10.30am for 11am – there will be a recital of organ music played on St Mary’s Bevington organ by Dr Michael Neville. The programme will include works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Brahms. Entry is free with a retiring collection in aid of the church.

On July 29, the church will be welcoming 30 members of the Redbridge Music School.
Redbridge Music School presents approximately 50 annual concerts featuring a range of ensembles and choirs offering a progression through different levels of ability. Access and progression through the ensembles is determined by annual auditions.

This concert will feature, among other pieces, a movement from the Holberg Suite by Greig, Palladio by Karl Jenkins and quartets by Mozart and Haydn.
Entry is free, with a retiring collection for the church.

Rachel Podger and Kristian Bezuidenhout will be performing on Sunday, July 14 from 3pm-5.30pm. Tickets are £15 (students £7.50) and are available from Richard Booth’s Bookshop, 44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, online at events@boothbooks.co.uk or at the door.

You can find out more about St Mary’s music programme at