From madrigals to movie night in Hay St Mary’s November programme

There’s another packed programme of concerts and events at Hay St Mary’s Church in November and December, from opera to film.

On Saturday, November 2 at 10.30am there will be a recital on the Bevington Organ by Fr Richard Williams.

The programme will include: Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, BMV 546, JS Bach; ‘Rhosymedre’ or ‘Lovely’, Ralph Vaughan Williams; and Larghetto in F# Minor, SS Wesley.

Entry is free with a retiring collection in aid of St Mary’s Church.

Also on Saturday, at 5.30pm, Haydloniant presents a Cakes and Ale Concert in the Parish Hall, Lion Street, Hay.

There will be a programme of stunning music from Renaissance England and Italy, with part-songs performed by Hay Madrigals and solo songs by Lucy Green with guest appearances by local musicians Donald Ellman, harpsichord, and Steve Jones, violin.

Free entry with a retiring collection.

On Saturday, November 23 at 7.30pm there is the charity concert Celebrating and Remembering Elaine.

It will feature a fantastic range of music from Mozart and Mendelssohn to madrigals, folk and traditional songs, musicals, Flanders & Swann and much more.

There will be performances by some very talented local musicians: The WernFach Singers; Hay Madrigals; Lucy Green; Janice Day; Catherine Hughes; Kate Hardy; Justin Preece; Ian Charlesworth; Paul Sweeting; Terry and Christina Watson; Gay Funnell; Darren Elliott and Chrissy Maddy.

Admission is £7 with tickets available from Lucinda’s Hairdressers, Michael T – M, and at the door. All proceeds to Ovarian Cancer Research and St Mary’s Music Fund. A licensed bar will be available.

On Thursday, November 28 from 7-9pm, Mid-Wales Opera will present Mrs Peachum’s Guide to Love and Marriage.

MWO’s SmallStages team romps onto stage with a radical reworking of John Gay’s 1728 work The Beggar’s Opera. Join Mrs Peachum, her daughter Polly and the Beggar himself in their bawdy take on relationships and the relative virtues of virginity.

Horrified to learn of Polly’s illicit marriage to an errant highwayman, Mrs P contrives to get the rascal hanged so Polly can claim the reward. Loyalty and love are put to the test as murder, rage and fury drive this rumbustious tragicomedy towards its conclusion. Will things really be left so unhappily and will Polly remain true to her man and abandon her mother to the lure of London Gin?
This new one act opera was adapted by Richard Studer, in a new musical version by Jonathan Lyness, accompanied by MWO’s SmallStages Ensemble of four musicians and starring Northern Irish mezzo Carolyn Dobbin as Mrs Peachum and Welsh soprano Alys Mererid Roberts as her feckless daughter.

Tickets are £14 from the Hay Festival Booking Office or telephone 01497 822629.

Then, on Saturday, November 30 at 8.30pm, there will be a second screening of Metropolis – Friday night’s screening is now sold out – with live organ accompaniment by organist, composer and vicar of St Mary’s Church in Hay, Fr Richard Williams.,

He will perform a stunning live accompaniment to Fritz Lang’s classic 1927 film Metropolis, playing the outstanding Bevington organ. This early science fiction film presents a highly stylised futuristic city where a cultured Utopian society exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. The love interest is provided by a privileged youth who befriends a rebellious teacher, putting him at odds with his authoritarian father.

Sponsored by Hay Deli, tickets are £10 and available on 01497 822629.

On Sunday, December 1 at 7.15pm, St Mary’s hosts the Hay 2019 Messiah, with Fiona Evans and the Hay Festival Chorus.

There will be a performance of Handel’s Messiah Part 1 and the Hallelujah Chorus, following two rehearsals. Susie Allan will accompany on the piano and Robert Evans will be the bass soloist. The choir will perform newly arranged solo movements and there will be a humanitarian slant in line with the text’s subject. If you love Handel’s Messiah then this new version will delight and enthral you.

Tickets are £10 from the Hay Festival booking office, on 01497 822629.