Friday 9th to Sunday 11th September 2022

Hot on the heels of the overwhelmingly positive response to last year’s festival, we are delighted to announce that 2022’s line-up has now been confirmed.

With an emphasis on female composers, the rich and varied programme looks set to thrill, enchant and entertain. In addition to some much loved and inspiring works from the chamber music repertoire, the programme also includes such delights as works by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann and Rebecca Clarke, juxtaposed with inspiring contemporary composers including Liz Dilnot Johnson and Jessie Montgomery.

Alongside all this, there will also be a concert by the Greenwich Piano Trio, including FSQ cellist Heather Tuach; and the Fitzwilliam String Quartet will be joined by the young and innovative chamber ensemble, the Hill Quartet. This multi-national chamber ensemble, who are currently the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Fellows, have strong roots in the classical world and hold a deep interest in expanding the string quartet repertoire by curating, commissioning and performing cross-genre art forms and contemporary music. 

There are also plans afoot for a masterclass, a workshop with Liz Dilnot Johnson and maybe even a fun and highly entertaining folk music event in an informal setting with the Fitzwilliam’s leader Lucy Russell on fiddle which promises to be a real treat!

Renowned writer, lecturer and broadcaster Richard Wigmore will also 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 both celebrated and explored.

Tickets are on sale now. We can’t wait to see you there!

Tickets also available on the door, subject to availability

About the festival 2022…

A weekend of inspiring and diverse chamber music with performances by The Fitzwilliam String Quartet, The Greenwich Trio and The Hill Quartet.

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.

2021 Festival Reviews

“Outstanding festival”

“There was a warm, friendly environment and the music was stimulating and inspiring for all involved”

“An extraordinary honour to hear the Fitzwilliam String Quartet play in Hay”

“Very many thanks for the wonderful music and the warmth and spirit in which it was offered”

“What amazing performers and how well they communicated with us”

“These events are always unique and this year’s was no exception”

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.