Music on the menu as St Mary’s announces September concerts

There’s another feast of music on the menu at Hay’s St Mary’s Church in September.

On Saturday, September 7 at 10.30am there will be a recital on the Bevington organ by Fr Richard Williams.

The programme will include classical and sacred music as well as some light, modern pieces.

There will be free coffee and biscuits with a retiring collection in aid of St Mary’s.

Also on September 7 – from 7.30pm-9.30pm – String Trio Plus’s performance will be centred around the great Op 9 String Trio of Beethoven, this quartet of amazing players will also play three lesser known but wonderful string works from Russia by Schnittke, Glière and Arensky.

Tickets are £15 (student cards £7.50, under 18s free) and are available from Richard Booth’s Bookshop, 44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye or and at the door if available.

On Friday, September 27 the Fitzwilliam String Quartet will be joined by pianist Anna Tilbrook for a programme of works by Schubert; Roderick Williams; Schumann and Elgar.

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet is now one of the longest established string quartets in the world: founded in 1968 by four Cambridge undergraduates, the group quickly achieved international recognition as a result of its members’ personal friendship with Shostakovich and their subsequent championing of his string quartets following his death.

Anna Tilbrook is one of Britain’s most exciting pianists, with a considerable reputation in song recitals and chamber music. She made her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1999 and has since become a regular performer at Europe’s major concert halls and festivals, as well as coaching regularly for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

The concert starts at 7pm and tickets – at £15 – are available from Richard Booths Bookshop, Lion Street, Hay, online at, on 01497 820322 or on the door, subject to availability.

There is also a pre-concert Richard Wigmore Study Session at 3.30pm with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet and Anna Tilbrook discussing Schumann and Elgar Piano Quintets.