Choirs, opera and a celebration of 1932 at St Mary’s this October

October is another busy month for music at Hay’s St Mary’s Church.

On Friday, October 11 there will be Music from the Black Mountains featuring Tenby Male Voice Choir, Talgarth Male Voice Choir and the Children’s Choir of Hay Primary School.

Talgarth Male Voice Choir was formed in 1969 and over the years has given many concerts to raise money for a number of charities. It has sung at the Royal Albert Hall in London on a number of occasions and also at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff as well as at St David’s Hall.

There are 60 members of the choir accompanied by the pianist Val Whitson and conducted by music director Paul Sweeting. Their repertoire covers many genres including traditional Welsh hymns and songs, songs from the shows and from overseas and from the classics.

Cor Meibion Tenby Male Voice Choir will be joining forces with the Talgarth choir in what promises to be a wonderful evening of music.

A feature of the evening’s programme will be readings by children from Hay Primary School of extracts from Eddie Stapleton’s memoir ‘An Evacuee in the Hay’. Eddie is a member of the Tenby choir.

The evening begins at 6.30pm and there is no ‘formal’ ticketing, but donations will be taken on entry to the concert and also at the end of the evening.

Money raised will be divided equally between Hay Primary School and St Mary’s Church. A licensed bar will be available.

On Thursday, October 17 at 7.30pm there will be an Evening of Opera with Singers of the National Opera Studio.

Ana-Maria Bacanau, soprano, Marvic Monreal, mezzo-soprano, Ben Smith, tenor, and Jake Muffett, baritone, will be joined by with Emily Hooker on the piano.

The programme will include extracts from the Barber of Seville; the Tales of Hoffman; Carmen; La Boheme; the Marriage of Figaro and Rigoletto as well as many other popular and well-loved operatic songs.

Tickets are £13, £6.50 for students and free for under-18s. They are available from Richard Booth’s Bookshop, 44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye or online at or on the door if available (cash only). A licensed bar will be available.

Saturday, October 26 will feature an evening celebrating the music and songs of 1932.

Janice Day and Martin Litton present virtuosity, melody and laughs in a programme that includes songs from Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Noel Coward, Maurice Chevalier, Ella Fitzgerald and Fred Astaire.

‘How Deep is the Ocean?’, ‘Isn’t it Romantic?’, ‘Mad About the Boy’, ‘I’ve Got the World on a String’ and ‘42nd Street’ are among the numbers presented by Janice and Martin.

Tickets for the event, which starts at 7.30pm, are £12 and available on the door, online at or from or 07748 652194

A licensed bar will be available.