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, pianists Anna Tilbrook and Simon Callaghan, and narrator Peter Florence.

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.

Upcoming events…

About the festival 2021…

  • 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.

Wednesday, 5 May – 6.30pm – 7.30pm
A FREE live Zoom event

An hour with members of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet:  reflections on Shostakovich and more

Chaired by their old friend John Stark

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet

www.fitzwilliamquartet.com

Lucy Russell (first violin) and Alan George (viola and founder of the Fitzwilliams) will talk with John Stark, founder of Hay Music, about the life and work of the Fitzwilliam Quartet, and in particular about their experiences of working with the quartets of Shostakovich and indeed with the composer himself. There will be time for questions from the audience.

You will need to register for this talk and you will be given the option to make a donation if you wish.  Register at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/haymusictrust/514226 and you will then be sent a confirmation by email together with the link to the event.

Please note: This event will be recorded and will be accessible via the Hay Music website until midnight on Wednesday, 2 June. On the day following the live event a new link will be made available on the website to access the recording. If viewers wish to remain out of the public eye, they should ensure their video is switched off.

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.