Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October 2020

In order to bring a much-needed glimmer of hope, we are delighted to tell you that planning for this year’s Fitzwilliam @ Hay Chamber Music Festival is already very much underway. This year’s truly inspiring programme of words and music focuses on the British countryside, and involves not only the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, but pianists Simon Callaghan and Anna Tilbrook, tenor James Gilchrist and Hay’s own Peter Florence. As in past years, distinguished writer, lecturer and broadcaster Richard Wigmore will also be running a course throughout the weekend on the works to be performed. So please put this weekend in the diary and let music comfort, heal and bring light into your life.

About the proposed festival…

It is hoped that it will be possible for this, the sixth year of the festival, to go ahead as planned. The wonderful and uplifting programme includes works by Haydn, Schumann, Brahms, Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Gurney, Bliss and Wordsworth amongst others. Concerts are expected to take place in St Mary’s Church, Hay-on-Wye and St Mary’s Church, Craswall throughout the weekend and on the Sunday morning it is planned to show a screening of John Bridcut’s film The Passions of Vaughan Williams in Richard Booth’s Cinema. Writer, lecturer and broadcaster Richard Wigmore is also planning to run his wonderfully informative study sessions on the works being performed.

The Black Mountains Chamber Music Trust 

The Fitzwilliam at Hay Chamber Music Festival takes place in and around Hay-on-Wye and is organised by The Black Mountains Chamber Music Trust. The Trust exists to promote the enjoyment, appreciation and knowledge of music through concerts, talks, classes and other associated events, including outreach sessions in dementia and mental health centres, as well as schools. The festival works collaboratively with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet but also includes other performance groups, often acting as a springboard for talented young players in the early stages of their careers.