As well as events in the surrounding towns and villages, Abergavenny is well situated for attending events and other things to do across South Wales. It’s just one hour to Cardiff – other large towns and cities such as Hay-On-Wye, Hereford, Brecon and Newport are just a short drive away.

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  • 18 March 2017

    Concerts for Craswall Spring Concert

    Themes of innocence and experience
    Featuring: Ruairi Bowen (tenor), Alex Stobbs (piano)

    Young tenor, Ruairi Bowen, will give a recital planned around the themes of Innocence and Experience.
    Innocence will be represented by the energy of nature in Richard Rodney Bennett’s The Aviary, followed by The Songs of The Three Birds by the Welsh composer Dilys Elwyn-Edwards. Experience will be represented through Ivor Gurney’s settings of the war poet Edward Thomas, and will finish with Michael Tippett’s cantata Boyhood’s End, written for Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears.

    Ruairi is a local lad, son of Geraint Bowen, the organist at Hereford Cathedral and his wife Lucy, also a soprano soloist. The pianist will be Alex Stobbs, who met Ruairi when they were both singing in the King’s College Choir at Cambridge. They are both very talented young musicians and will delight us with this programme of heartfelt music.

    7.30pm St Michael’s Church, Michaelchurch Escley HR2 8LD
    Tickets: £15
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  • 25 May—5 June 2017

    Hay Festival

    A gathering of top authors, illustrators and comedians get together in Hay-On-Wye for a festival of the arts.

  • 8 July 2017

    Concerts for Craswall Summer Concert

    A feast of music by Handel & Bach

    The Elysian Singers, The Craswall Consort

    Conductor SAM LAUGHTON

    The Elysian Singers of London, under musical director Sam Laughton, is one of the UK’s leading chamber choirs. Known for their adventurous programming and imaginative repertoire, usually giving concerts in and around London, they have recorded a number of enthusiastically received CD’s.

    A former organ scholar at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he read music, Sam Laughton now juggles dual careers as a barrister and musician. He is Musical Director of The Elysian Singers, with whom he has made frequent appearances on BBC radio and television, and made a number of acclaimed commercial recordings. He is also the Director of the Craswall Players, the Chiltern Camerata, and the Speen Festival.

    Sam is in demand as a guest conductor, working with such orchestras as the Oxford Sinfonia, Kensington Chamber Orchestra, Kew Sinfonia, Orchestra of the City, and Crendon Chamber Orchestra. As a keyboard player he has also worked with groups as varied as Oxford Philomusica, the Joyful Company of Singers, English National Opera and Garsington Opera.

    7.30pm Dore Abbey, Abbeydore HR2 0JJ
    Tickets: £10-20
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  • 24—27 July 2017

    The Royal Welsh Show (Builth Wells)

    A display of the best of local agriculture, from livestock and produce to heavy machinery. There’s also a number of competitions, so if you fancy yourself as a sheepshearer, now’s your chance!

    There’s a 12-hour programme each day of exciting entertainment, attractions and displays.

    Close to a quarter of a million people attend this show, making this the biggest outdoor event in the UK.

  • TBC

    Brecon Jazz Festival

    This outstanding festival takes over the streets of Brecon and fills it with the delights of jazz. Visit the website for announcements as the musicians are confirmed.

  • 17—20 August 2017

    Green Man Festival

    Crickhowell’s very own festival, with a 10 year tradition of championing great music, good times and good causes. It’s the go to festival to discover new musical talent, with many Mercury, Ivor Novello and Brit nominees and winners emerging from the festival each year. Winner of the Best Medium Sized Festival, UK Festival Awards 2010.

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