Friday 10th to Sunday 12th September 2021
Like so much going on in the world, The Fitzwilliam at Hay Chamber Music Festival will be a little different this year. But by this we don’t mean virtual, depleted or toned down, so much as rejuvenated, refocused and fine-tuned.

Because community is at the heart of everything we do. So we’ve put together a truly inspiring programme of words and music with you very much in mind – where you are now, what really matters to you, and what we can do to lift your spirits.

This year hasn’t been easy for any of us, and we know that. But we also know the power that music has to transcend everything, to take you to another place, to make your heart sing.

And that’s where we come in. Taking inspiration from our beautiful British countryside, this year the quartet will be joined by tenor James Gilchrist, bassist Elizabeth Bradley, and pianists Anna Tilbrook and Simon Callaghan.

Let these world-class performers bring you live music of the highest calibre – to entertain, dazzle and delight, but also calm, comfort and rejuvenate.

We are enormously grateful for your support and enthusiasm, and we very much look forward to seeing you at the Fitzwilliam at Hay Chamber Music Festival 2021.

COVID RESTRICTIONS: Masks should be worn in the church until you are seated to comply with current Covid restrictions. (Masks will be available to purchase at the door for £1). Seating is not allocated, but we ask that you sit giving due consideration to other audience members’ personal space. Tickets are sold on a first booked, first served basis as the audience numbers are limited. There will be a 20 minute interval but refreshments will only be available to buy from the bar prior to the performance. Doors open half an hour before the advertised start times of the events.

Tickets also available on the door, subject to availability

About the festival 2021…

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet with 

Richard Wigmore

James Gilchrist

Anna Tilbrook

Simon Callaghan

Elizabeth Bradley

  • Chamber works by Haydn, Schubert (including the ‘Trout’ Quintet), Schumann, Brahms and Vaughan Williams
  • Vocal works by Arthur Bliss, Ivor Gurney and Vaughan Williams
  • Poems inspired by our beautiful local countryside

On the Saturday afternoon there will also be a showing of John Bridcut’s film, The Passions of Vaughan Williams.

Alongside all of this, writer, lecturer and broadcaster Richard Wigmore will run his wonderfully informative study sessions, based on the works performed. This is a lively and engaging process involving conversations and demonstrations from the musicians themselves, in which the compositions and their biographical and cultural backgrounds are explored.

We look forward very much to seeing you there.

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.