From Hay Messiah to a Clare College Christmas at St Mary’s in December

St Mary’s Church in Hay-on-Wye is getting ready for a packed December programme, including a visit from the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge.

The church will also be hosting the Hay 2019 Messiah, featuring Fiona Evans and the Hay Festival Chorus.

The full programme is:

Sunday, December 1 (7.15pm)

The Hay 2019 Messiah: Fiona Evans and the Hay Festival Chorus

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.

Tickets: £10 from the Hay Festival Booking Office, contact (01497) 822629

Saturday, December 7 (10.30am)

A recital on the Bevington organ by Fr Richard.

Coffee and biscuits. Free entry.

Retiring collection in aid of St Mary’s.

Saturday, December 7 (7.30pm)

Hay Jazz Presents The Trumpet Legends

Multi award-winning trumpet player Enrico Tomasso pays tribute to Louis Armstrong, Bunny Berigan, Chet Baker, Bix Beiderbecke, Harry James and Miles Davis.

Enrico started playing trumpet at the age of five, after listening to Louis Armstrong playing Basin Street Blues.

Five times winner of the Best Jazz Trumpet Player award he is coming to St Mary’s to pay tribute to the legendary trumpet players he most admires.

Rockin’ Chair, Sleepy Time Down South, Stardust, Our Love is Here to Stay and You Made Me Love You are just a few of the numbers he will be playing.

Tickets £12 on the door or from 07748652195 or

A licensed bar will be available

Wednesday, December 11 (3.30pm)

Christmas Carols at St Mary’s

Hay & District Dial-a- Ride invite you their annual Christmas Carol Service led by the Monday Choir.

Entry £4 to include tea and mince pies.

Monday, December 16 (7.30pm)

The Choir of Clare College Cambridge: ‘A Clare Christmas’

Director Graham Ross. Ashley Chow and George Gillow – organ

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and conductor Graham Ross present ‘A Clare Christmas’, exploring festive choral masterpieces old and new. Poulenc’s ‘Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël’ and Hieronymus Praetorius’s ‘Christmas Magnificat’ sit alongside Roderick Williams’ haunting ‘O Adonai’, Jan Sandström’s ‘Es ist ein Ros entsprungen’, and a selection of beautiful arrangements that tell us that Christmas has truly begun.

Tickets £17.50. Student cards £8.75, under 18s free

Tickets in person from Richard Booth’s Bookshop, 44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye.

Online through Booth’s Bookshop

At the door if available (cash only).