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Thursday 26th February 2015 - 8 p.m. - Great Barn

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Friday 30th January 2015– Great Barn

The Schubert Ensemble


BEETHOVEN Allegretto fro piano Trio in B flat Wo0 39

CHAUSSON Piano Quartet AMajor


DVORK Piano Quartet No 2

Doors open 7.30

Simon Blendis – Violin, Douglas Paterson – Viola

Jane Salmon – Cello, William Howard – Piano

Credit John Clark

Since its first concert in January 1983 the Schubert Ensemble has established itself as one of the world's leading exponents of music for piano and strings. Regularly giving around 50 concerts a year, the ensemble has performed in over 40 different countries. It has over 80 commissions to its name, has recorded over 30 critically acclaimed CDs and is familiar to British audiences through regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. In 1998 the Ensemble's contribution to British musical life was recognized by the Royal Philharmonic Society when it presented the group with the Best Chamber Ensemble Award, for which it was shortlisted again in 2010.

In the past few years the Ensemble has enjoyed a busy international schedule, with performances in the Czech Republic, Romania, Norway, Gibraltar, Spain, Holland, Canada and the USA as well as first visits to China, Bermuda and the United Arab Emirates. The Ensemble has also released recordings for the Chandos label of works by Martinů, Fauré, Enescu and Dvořák, all of which have been widely praised. The Dvořák disc and the most recent of two Enescu discs were chosen as CD of the month by the BBC Music Magazine.

Engagements in 2014 included performances at the Buxton, Oxford Schubert Lieder, Tunbridge Wells and Belfast Festivals, and at the Pontino and Linari Festivals in Italy. A second concert for the Chamber Classics Unwrapped Series at Kings Place took place on 15th October. In 2015 the Ensemble will return to Bermuda, the USA, Holland, Italy and China and perform two Schumann/Fauré concerts at Wigmore Hall. In March it will record piano quartets by Saint-Saëns and Chausson for its next Chandos CD.

“…an effect of radiant intensity, brilliantly executed by the ensemble here. Perfect Brahms” Bachtrack

“…a superb performance, alive to the music’s every nuance" BBC Music Magazine

“…they demand superlatives” Sunday Times

“…outstanding in every respect” Guardian

“…a supernatural degree of polish“ Los Angeles Times

Visit our website at www.schubertensemble.com for information and news on concerts, recordings, sound-clips, schedules and more or join the Ensemble on Facebook and Twitter.     

The Great Barn, Hellens Manor, Much Marcle, HR8 2LY
Friday 30th January 2015

Performance 7.45pm seating unreserved

Tickets available online www.orpheus-events.com / telephone 01905 570979
Also from: Outback Hereford, Music Box Ross on Wye, Tourist Information Centre Malvern, Ice Bytes Ledbury and Much Marcle’s Premier shop.


Wye Valley Chamber Music - January 2015 Festival

Sunday 18th January – Hellens Manor

In Search of the New World II


Schoenberg String Trio, op.45
Florence Cooke, violin; Tom Hankey, viola; Hannah Sloane, cello

Dvorák String Quartet No.12 in F major, op.96 ‘American’

Fredrik Paulsson and Florence Cooke, violin;Malin William-Olsson, viola; Hannah Sloane, cello


Pre-concert talkwith Stephen Walsh.


BartókString Quartet No.3
Malin Broman and Matthew Truscott, violin;Simone Jandl, viola; Marie Bitlloch, cello

KorngoldPiano Quintet in E major, op.15
Fredrik Paulsson and Ben Hancox, violin; Simone Jandl, viola;Johannes Rostamo, cello; Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano

DvorákString Sextet in A major, op.48
Aurea Quartet with Eriikka Nylund, viola; Richard Lester, cello


General booking for the Festival opens onMonday 17th November. Please go to the Wye Valley website here www./wyevalleyfestival.com/
We will be informing Friends and Patrons of the Festivalabout priority booking shortly.

Tickets for individual concerts are priced £12 – £25.


Wednesday 26th November 6:30 - 9:00pm Great Barn and Haywain

The Christmas Fayre
(When else are you going to wear your reindeer earrings!)

Stalls selling: Toys, sweeties, chocolate, slippers, scarves, fascinators, paintings, mild steel artwork, cutlery jewellery, silver jewellery, cards, fabric crafts, gloves, ceramics, world textiles, gin, beads, throws, blankets, cordials, chutneys, woodcxraft, slate craft, indian textiles, organic skincare, ethnic lanterns, felt animals, dreamcatchers AND MORE...I'm sure that it will be as festive as ever and the mulled wine will flow.


Friday 14th November 7:30pm Great Barn
Please buy your tickets from Hellens as detailed below

For the Fallen - Mark Blatchly, words Laurence Binyon
MSJ Singers
Lara Byrne (Trumpet)
Élégie Op. 24 - Gabriel Fauré
Genevieve Phillips (Cello)
The Soldier - Rupert Brooke
Read by Kirsty Haines
Nocturne - Philippe Gaubert
Grace Higgins (Flute)
Sleep - Ivor Gurney
Olivia Kimberley (Soprano)
Schindler’s List - John Williams
Ashley Tong (Violin)
Nocturne in B major, Op. 32, No. 1 - Frédéric Chopin
Hilary Tai (Piano)
Here Dead We Lie - A.E. Housman
Read by Alexandra Knapper
Pavane Op. 50 - Gabriel Fauré
Grace Higgins (Flute)
Danced by Georgia Mucklow
Kirsty Haines, Olivia Kimberley,
Cliona Maley, Oluwadamilola Odele (Sopranos)
Londonderry Air - Irish Traditional arr. Donald Hunt
Wherever You Are - Paul Mealor
MSJ Singers
David Strange (Violin)

A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square - Manning Sherwin
arr. Alan Billingsley
MSJ Singers
The Falling Leaves - Margaret Postgate Cole
Read by Oluwadamilola Odele
Gymnopédie No. 1—Erik Satie
Victoria Shiu (Piano)
Danced by Ellen Manns
Cantabile - George Enescu
Kirsty Haines (Flute)
Crazy Rhythm - Jimmy Meyer
Like Someone in Love - Jimmy van Heusen
Cliona Maley, Christine Andrews, Mike Halliday (Saxophones)
Everyone Sang - Siegfried Sassoon
Read by Charlotte Hayman
Keep the Home Fires Burning - Ivor Novello and Lena Gilbert Ford
If you were the only Girl in the World– Nat Ayer and Clifford Grey
It’s a long way to Tipperary - Jack Judge and Henry Williams
arr. Alexander L’Estrange
MSJ Singers
Accompanist - Piers Maxim
Director of Performance - Lynne Lindner
MSJ Singers
Christine Andrews, Lara Byrne, Eleri Clarke, Frances Clifford, Alison Collins, Charlotte Davey, Eve Garland Hellewell, Kirsty Haines, Charlotte Hayman, Grace Higgins, Olivia Kimberley, Alexandra Knapper, Christy Kwok,
Cliona Maley, Rachel McKie, Oluwadamilola Odele, Giselle Pearson,
Genevieve Phillips, Lilian Price, Victoria Shiu, Hilary Tai, Sabrina Tsang


Saturday & Sunday 11th and 12th October

The Big Apple

Displays of apples in the Great Barn and a pressing of our pears for Perry at 1 p.m each day


11am to 5pm Community art celebrating Herefordshire’s apple names. Jeanette McCulloch will be on hand to help create a splash of orchard colours for tomorrow’s poetry reading from your simple textile hangings. Pick your favourite apple name and create your own design. All materials provided.

11.30am, 2pm and 4pm Planting and maintaining fruit trees.Guided tour/talk based on Hellens’ own fruit tree collection with practical advice from Tom Adams. ‘Tom the Apple Man’ will be on hand to answer queries throughout the day.

3:00pm - Leominster Morris

1pm, 2pm and 3pm – Hellens House Tours

Tea Room open all day for scrummy cakes


2.30pm The Poetry Orchard Paul Henry, Herefordshire Poet in Residence, will share his online Poetry Orchard. Launched with his own poem ‘Windfalls’, The Poetry Orchard has been growing all year. Each poem takes its title from a named Herefordshire apple variety, and the poems are diverse and full of flavour. Joined by some of the contributors, Paul will lead this event among the trees at Hellens (indoors if wet). With Ledbury Poetry Festival.

2:30pm, 3pm and 4pm –Hellens House Tours

Tea Room open all day for scrummy cakes


Thursday 2nd October - LAST DAY OF PUBLIC TOURS



The Great Barn Hellens Manor, Much Marcle
Saturday 4th October 8.00 PM

Support from Kieran Terry
Tickets £7.00
Available from, Hereford courtyard box office 01432 555555, Premier shop Much Marcle, Ice Bytes Ledbury, Music box Ross on Wye, Carnival Records Malvern.


Blyth Power, Smoke from Cromwell's time.

 Tribal are proud to present a rare live show from well-loved band Blyth Power. 'An eclectic agglomeration of musical and literary tastes which has found expression through the medium of sound, and which for the past thirty years has been ploughing its unique furrow through the barren wastes of the music scene.' Original Rootsy-Rock faves credited by the likes of Chumbawumba and The Levellers as a major influence

Blyth Power remain one of the most original and innovative bands around. Formed in late 1983 by singer/drummer Joseph Porter, one of their prime features is their all-consuming individuality. They have a strikingly identifiable and personalised sound built around Joseph’s epic songs, with their colourful, personnel, exotic story-lines and crashing, impassioned choruses.

 Blyth Power have a sly sense of mischief, the band will take delight in taunting the least folk-oriented crowd with the sound of accordions, or slipping in a raucous anthem to enliven the atmosphere of a balmy country fayre.

 Blyth Power will appear at The Great Barn Hellens Manor, Much Marcle on Sat 4th October at 8.00pm Support will be from Keiran Terry and tickets priced at £7.00 Available from Herford Courtyard Theatre box office 01432 340555, Carnival records Malvern, Ice Bytes Ledbury, Ross on Wye Music box and Premier shop Much Marcle.

 For further information please call 07854 918783.


Ledbury Peotry Festival Events at Hellens

Sharon Olds in conversation

Saturday, 12th July 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - £5

A chance to enjoy a wide-ranging interview with Sharon Olds as anticipation grows for her reading on Sunday.

Poetry all-nighter

Saturday, 5th July - Sunday, 6th July 7:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.

Based in Hellens Manor and using the beautiful rooms and grounds as a setting for a carefully devised sequence of events and happenings. Feel free to bring a sleeping bag and make the most of this unique opportunity.

7pm – 8pm, At Maldon Performed by J.O. Morgan in the Music Room, reviving the ancient art of fireside storytelling

8.30pm – 9.30pm, The Bat Detectorperformed by Elizabeth Barrett with Robin Ireland accompanying her on the viola from the balcony of the Minstrel Gallery

10pm – midnight, shared reading in the barn and Midnight Feast. Bring along a poem or two and claim your two minute slot, hosted by Dave Reeves

Midnight – 5.30am, Insomnia Writing Workshop held in the grounds of Hellens Manor, using the different moods and environments to reflect on the night, your relationship to it, the nature of memory and how everything changes in the small hours: sounds, smell, touch… creativity itself.

5.30am – 6am, Dawn Chorus Poems written through the night shared with sounds of birds on the beautiful terrace overlooking the parkland beyond. Followed by hot coffee and croissants in the barn.


J.O Morgan performs ‘At Maldon’ in The Music Room, and Elizabeth Barrett and Violist Robin Ireland perform ‘The Bat Detector’ in The Minstrel Gallery

Saturday, 5th July 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - £12

J. O. Morgan revives the ancient art of firesidestorytelling with his performance. At Maldon is ariff on the Old English poem and owes somethingto Christopher Logue’s War Music and AliceOswald’s Memorial – but is its own thing too:inventive, striking and memorable. And a reminderthat Morgan is one of the most original poetsaround.’ (Andrew Motion, Guardian ‘Books ofthe year’). The Bat Detector is a collaborativeperformance by poet Elizabeth Barrett andmusician Robin Ireland. It uses the metaphor ofdetecting bats to explore communication within afamily affected by autism. Elizabeth and Robin willalso be presenting a new piece from their mostrecent collaboration.


And You, Helen, Remembering Helen Thomas

Saturday 5th July 2:30 p.m.  – 4:00 p.m. - £8

This second and linked event (see event no. 4 in the LPF Catalogue) will involve a performance of Deryn Rees-Jones’s new poem by actress Juliet Stevenson accompanied by the exquisite animated collages of artist Charlotte Hodes, in collaboration with Kristina Pulejkova . An exhibition of these collages will be on display. This event will involve a discussion on the historical context and sources that inspired the poem and all the artists will reflect on the collaborative process. And You, Helen is published by Seren Books as a result of this commission. Chaired by poet, translator and publisher, Tony Rudolf.


Alasdair Roberts and Mary Hampton on lyric and song

Saturday 5th July 11 a.m. – 12 noon -  £8

Alasdair Roberts’ self-written song material can be found on the albums Spoils and A Wonder Working Stone and he is also widely celebrated for his interpretations of traditional songs and ballads from Scotland and beyond.

Mary Hampton fetches out old songs from the silent archives of the traditional canon and winches up new songs from her imagination. As musicians and lyricists, both play with certain dynamic tensions that are perpetually at work in the world: the past and the present, the natural and the civilised, the extraordinary and the familiar, the symbolic and the real. This event will combine music and discussion.


Hellens Manor Textile Bazaar

Wednesday July 2nd 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday July 3rd 10 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Entry to Bazaar - £1 per person

A feast of designer clothes and lovely collectable World Textiles for sale at this wonderful old House and gardens.

Art Van Go will be here selling their fantastic art materials.

Lecture - From Laos to Hellens Manor

Wednesday 6 p.m. - £4 per person

Dorothy Reglar's fine clothes and Pip Heywood's film about Dorothy's working links with the Far East.

Creative Mini Workshops - (Mornings only) - £6 per person

With Viv Arthur of Art Van Go

Simple printing techniques with rollers and plastic sheets to create unique fabric and paper surfaces.

Landscapes in Yarn - (Afternoons only) - £6 per person

With Melissa Warren

Create your own landscape using yarn wrapping with a choice of 200 yarns




Reaction Theatre Makers Present


Thursday 29th May 8 p.m.

(We know the flyer below says Saturday but it IS actually Thursday)

Reaction Theatre Makers Present ‘FishHead’ Spring/Summer tour 2014

An oyster fisherman walks out to sea. A ventriloquist sits on the beach with her dummy. A fairy tale for the growing up, FishHead’s net casts wide.

With a cast of three, a perspex set, and a great soundtrack; this highly visual piece is an original story that moves and uplifts. ‘The overall effect is mesmerising. The combination of the atmosphere, an emotionally charged script, and fine performances from all concerned deliver a powerful and moving experience…you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll never forget it.’ (Slap Magazine)

Based in Malvern, Reaction Theatre Makers are trailblazers for contemporary theatre, their last piece ‘The Slip’ was hailed as ‘The best piece of drama I’ve ever seen’ by Arts Alive. Funny, poignant and “stunningly touching “ FishHead will change your perspective.

Tickets on sale now at Orpheus Box Office, £10 each:



HELLENSMUSIC Festival 2014

Friday 2nd - Monday 5th May

A celebration of music at Hellens Manor.

Enjoy four days of inspirational music, listening to some of the world’s best musicians at one of the most beautiful historic homes in Herefordshire.

Following last year’s success, 2014 HELLENSMUSIC is honoured with the presence of Christian Blackshaw, internationally acclaimed pianist, and artistic director of the Festival.

He will perform a solo recital of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert; and together as a quartet with Markus Daunert -violin, former concertmaster at Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Màtè Szűcs -soloist and 1st viola of the Berlin Philharmonic, andOleg Kogan -cello, director of the Razumovsky Ensemble and Academy.

There will also be an evening devoted to song, with a stunning young soprano -Elinor Rolfe Johnson- performing with two other gifted colleagues.

A series of Masterclasses will take place during the festival, when Christian and Oleg will instruct talented students from the best music schools in the country. They will perform in a final concert when you will get the chance to listen to the next generation of great solo artists!

Pre-concert suppers in Hellens´s beautiful Stone Hall and Music Room will also be available every day.

For further information please contact:


Tel: 01531 660504

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hellensmusic

Tickets on sale early March at Orpheus Box Office:


Concessionary places for students.


Sunday 19th January - “In the wake of Wagner”

Wye Valley Chamber Music

12pm Pre-concert talk by Richard Wigmore on the Lekeu Piano Quartet

12.45pm Concert

Wagner/Liszt: Liebestod - Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano

Liszt: La Lugubre Gondola - Daniel Tong, piano

Lekeu: Piano Quartet - Arisa Fujita, violin; Martin Saving, viola; Richard Lester, cello; Alasdair Beatson, piano

Brahms: Piano Trio in C minor, op. 101 - Tom Hankey, violin; Marie Bitlloch, cello; Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano

3.00pm Pre-concert talk: Richard Wigmore and Stephen Walsh discuss music immediately post-Wagner; those who fell under his spell and those who forged their own way.

4.00pm Concert

Fauré: Piano Quintet in D minor, op.89 - Arisa Fujita and Mathilde Milwidsky, violin; Tom Dunn, viola; Richard Lester, cello; Daniel Tong, piano

Dvořák: String Quintet in E flat, op.97 - Tom Hankey and Claire Sterling, violin; Malin William-Olsson and Timothy Ridout, viola; Marie Bitlloch, cello


Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, op.70 - Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Tim Crawford, violin; Martin Saving and Simone Jandl, viola; Kate Gould and Tim Posner, cello

Tickets are available from:http://wyevalleyfestival.ticketsource.co.uk

12.45pm concert: £12 (£5 students) - includes pre-concert talk

4pm concert: £16 (£5 students) - includes pre-concert talk

Day Ticket: £25 - includes both concerts and both talks

Lunch available to buy between the concerts.


Saturday 16th November - Brought to you by The Courtyard Theatre...


Thursday 14th November - Juan Martin - 8 p.m.

Doors open/ bar - 7:30 p.m.

Again in the Great Barn we welcome the incredible Flamenco guitar sounds of Juan Martin.

Spectacular flamenco guitarist, twice voted one of the world's top three exponents by 'Guitar Player' magazine. A native of Andalucia, he has recorded 20 albums mostly as a composer. He has played with the Royal Philharmonic and greats like Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. 'A giant of the flamenco guitar tradition' -The Times.

Juan Martin artist photo

Juan Martín still has a home in Málaga. He spends much time on tour and in London where he has formed an international company, Flamencovision, for the promotion of high quality flamenco which he rehearses and brings direct from Andalucía. He presently has 4 videos distributed by Warner Brothers which, despite their purity, are always amongst their best sellers.

Lovely YouTube clip here at the Thaxstead Festival


Tickets £12.50 (£8 for local to Much Marcle, 20 tickets at this price only) Tickets available from Hellens, Ice Bites Ledbury, Carnival Records Malvern,  Ross on Wye Music Box and Much Marcle Village Shop also available on line from http://www.orpheus-events.com/


Wednesday 30th October - The Peatbog Faeries!

In the Great Barn we welcome the Amazing Peatbog Faeries. Something different for Hellens, some SERIOUSLY AMAZING folk sounds!

"...infectious, leap-about fun.." The Scotsman; "Half-way between tradition and technological revelation, the result here is beautiful..." Maverick

Based on the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries are one of Scotlands the best known names in contemporary folk music.

In 2012 they were a nominee for "Best Live Act" at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, having already twice won "Live Act of the Year" at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards.

They've taken their own individual brand of Scottish tunes to audiences around the world, from European Festivals, to Asia, Africa, America, Canada and Australia.

The Peatbogs have recorded six studio albums, they made their first live release in April2009 and their latest CD, "Dust" was released on the 8th of August of 2011.

Fabulous YouTube clip here at the Beverly Festival


Tickets £16 (£10 for local to Much Marcle, 20 tickets at this price only)

Tickets available from Hellens, Ice Bites Ledbury, Carnival Records Malvern,  Ross on Wye Music Box and Much Marcle Village Shop also available on line from http://www.orpheus-events.com/


Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October - The Big Apple

12 noon to 4.45pm. Entry £2.00* (children free)

House tours at 1,2,3pm (£6, £4.50 concessions)

The Big Apple Harvestime Event celebrates the long tradition of the apple harvest in Herefordshire. Held in October every year, various events are organised around Much Marcle including the Feast of Apples here at Hellens, where folks can bring along apples from their own trees to have the variety identified (a bit like Antiques Roadshow for orchard enthusiasts) or taste and buy them from a wide variety on offer. Help us make our own perry (see Activities below); sample cider and perry from local producers and enjoy and tea and cake from our tearoom.

Activities include:

A Feast of Apples – displays of apples, cider fruit and perry pears; tastings of dessert and culinary fruit;

Apple identification by Marcher Apple Network (£2 a variety on the day where possible; otherwise collected and retained for investigation);

Sales of apple juice, cider, tools.

Apple market selling less usual varieties.

Traditional pressing of perry pears.

Various talks and special events.

Please visit the Big Apple website for more information on other local events: www.bigapple.org.uk


Thursday 3rd October

Last Public House Tours. House closes for the Season


Saturday 7th September – 'The Imperfect Pearl'  

Mark Latimer's Fairy Tale on the Life and Music of Domenico Zipoli

In 1972, scores by a certain Domenico Zipoli were found in the Chiquitos of Bolivia. For more than 200 years the life and music of this influential musician had been shrouded in mystery. This is a specially written story based on the fragments gathered of one man's journey from Europe to the rainforests of South America in 1717, illustrated by the Baroque music which drove him.

Please note that the show lasts 2 hours plus an interval.

Tickets: £12.50 (adults), £6 (children under 16)

To reserve your seats, please contact Heulwen Phillips, heulwen@heulwenphillips.com, or call her on 07772 662159.



Sunday 14th July

Poetry and Harp

12.45pm – 1.45pm - £8

Emily Hinshelwood’s On Becoming a Fish was inspired by a series of walks around the 186-mile Pembrokeshire coastal path. Deeply engaged with environmental issues through her work in community energy and climate change, the author is also a keen observer of human nature in

the context of this beautiful coastline. Her reading will be accompanied by Delyth Jenkins on harp.

Look, Stranger: Celebrating the Benjamin Britten Centenary

7.30pm – 9.45pm (with interval drinks on sale) - £15

The Festival finishes in style as singer Ruthie Culver and the Utter:Jazz quartet weave swing, samba, blues and grooves through their vibrant re-imaginings of Benjamin Britten’s WH Auden songs. With readings by actor and director Sam West, who shot to fame in Howards End and has since appeared in numerous award-winning productions on stage including Enron.


Saturday 13th July

I Gaze From My Kitchen Like An Astronaut

11am – 12 noon - £8 (In Hellens House)

Gaze on new worlds of poetic pleasure and provocation. The young poets in this show, Amy Key, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Tom Warner and John McCullough – have worked with a theatre director to create performances that come with a payload of star-shine and space-dust, which you can discover throughout all the charted and uncharted spaces of Hellens House. Come and follow their explorations.


Friday 12th July

Tony Benn’s Desert Island Poems

2.30pm – 3.30pm - £12

Famous for his far-left views and for renouncing his hereditary peerage, Tony Benn is the polar opposite of the ‘grey suits’ that fill the party benches now. President of the Stop The War Coalition, since  retiring, Tony Benn hasn’t slowed down. Controversial but never boring, he will talk to Mark Fisher about his political and personal life and the poems that have lifted and inspired him.


Wednesday 10th July

Green Poems for a Blue Planet: Festival Schools Day

10.30am – 2pm - £3 per pupil

A chance to listen, write and perform with the poet Martin Kiszko, who says, ‘I hope these poems provoke a thought, raise a smile, start a conversation, spark an idea, spur us into action, or simply turn on a few ‘green’ lights’. Green Poems for a Blue Planet is illustrated by Nick Park, best known as the creator of Wallace and Gromit.


Tuesday 9th July

Cerys Matthews sing-along

6pm – 7pm - £5

Everyone can sing and Cerys Matthews wants to stop us feeling so shy about it. She has spent her whole life collecting songs wherever she goes, from Wales to Nashville. Her new book of traditional family songs, Hook, Line & Singer, gathers the ones we all grew up with along with favourites from round the world. Join her in this big family-singalong. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn before the event.


Saturday 6th July

Liz Lochhead’s Desert Island Poems

11am – 12 noon - £8

Liz Lochhead is a great poet and hugely popular.Today she talks to Mark Fisher about her life, her contemporaries and her inspirations while choosing some of her favourite poetry.


Poetry and Jazz

6.30pm doors for 7pm – 9pm - £10

Julie Boden, Poet in Residence at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and BAFTA-nominated in 2012, returns to Ledbury with pianist and composer Steve Tromans to perform with jazz legend and national treasure, Dutch Lewis.


Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th July - Textile Bazaar

In the Barns for the 3rd year running - a hugely colourful event with only the best on show. Come and have a look at this feast for the eyes!

Entrance to Bazaar £1. Tickets for workshops/lecture call 01453 823375 or email: bailey@baileycurtis.com


Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June - The Garden Festival

The Garden Festival team are busy planning the next Festival, the biggest and best in the county. This will be our 6th year of bringing unusual and wonderful plant stalls and events together with thousands of people in the tranquil setting of Hellens Manor.

Our theme for the 2013 Festival is: Abundance - in nature, on the land, in our gardens, allotments, balconies, woods and hedgerows. Once again we will be gathering a vibrant mix of speakers, exhibitors and demonstrators - all in the beautiful setting of Hellens Manor.

We welcome up to 3,000 visitors to the event so it is a perfect opportunity forthe public to find great products and services - as well as having a lovely family day out.



Saturday 1st June - Wye Valley Music presents a concert in their Music In June series

Great Barn - Hellens

Krysia Osostowicz (violin)

Daniel Tong (piano)

An all-Beethoven programme:

Sonata in A minor Op 23

Sonata in F Op 24 "Spring"

Sonata in C minor Op 30 no 2

Picnics in the grounds from mid-day: the famous Hellens ploughmans lunch available for £5 (no meat) or a farmer's lunch (with meat etc) for £7 (pre-booking essential).

Private house tour for concert patrons at 1.00pm (70 minutes): £6 (pre-booking essential).

Refreshments (tea/coffee/soft drinks/cake) in the Haywain Barn from 1.00pm.

Concert in the Great Barn at 3.00pm: £15 (public), £12 (Wye Valley Music members) and £2 (students): pre-booking advised as strong demand is likely.

Interval bar in the Haywain Barn.

Advance booking from 22nd April at http://www.wvm.org.uk/ or by post to Wye Valley Music, c/o The Village Shop, Brockweir, Chepstow NP16 7NW.

Telephone message line: 01291 330020.


Friday 24th and Saturday 25th May - NGS


Gardens open supporting the National Garden Scheme. In the grounds of Hellens the gardens are being gently redeveloped to reflect the C17 ambience of the house. Including a rare octagonal dovecote, knot gardens and yew labyrinth, lawns, herb and kitchen gardens, short woodlands and pond walk. Longer walk to Hall Wood, site of SSSI

Admission £2.50, children free


Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th May - HELLENSMUSIC Weekend

Christian Blackshaw, the celebrated international pianist, has just completed recording the entire Mozart Sonata cycle at the Wigmore Hall. He is the Artistic Director of the HELLENSMUSIC weekend, from Friday May 3rd through Sunday May 5th.Hewill be performing a programme of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Britten and Brahms from our fine Steinway Concert Grand piano in the Great Barn.

Christian will give a solo performance on Friday evening. He will perform with the greatMàtè Szücs(Berlin Philharmonicfirst solo viola) as his partner on the Saturday night. On Sunday Christian will be giving a Masterclass to 6 exceptional students from the Birmingham Conservatoire, National Conservatoire of Wales and Royal Northern College of Music, followed by an afternoon concert given by his students.

For more information please visit HELLENSMUSIC Weekend

Tickets available from Orpheus Box Office,Telephone: 01905 570979,info@orpheus-events.com


Saturday 9th March – Rosamunde Trio

In the Great Barn

All Beethoven Programme – Gourmet Food – Locally Produced Drinks and Tour of Hellens Manor (optional)

“Rosamunde Trio are world-class soloists in their own right… moving… breathtaking…exciting" THE INDEPENDENT

Martino Tirimo (Piano)

"A formidable virtuoso and one with unmistakeable magnetism” THE GUARDIAN

Ben Sayevich (Violin)

"An exceptionally brilliant and fiery player" THE BOSTON GLOBE

Daniel Veis (Cello)

"marvel of virtuosity" THE NEW YORK TIMES

Orpheus Events are proud to present an extremely special and unique opportunity to see the Rosamunde Trio play the second programme of their ‘Complete Beethoven Piano Trio Series’ the night before it is due to be performed in London (Kings Place, 10th March) right here in the glorious setting of Hellens.  The evening will include a delicious gourmet meal, locally produced drinks and an (optional) tour of the main house offering a social and cultural feast for the senses - truly not to be missed!  Early booking is advised.


Beethoven Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1 No. 3

Beethoven Variations in G, Op.121a (Kakadu)

Beethoven Piano Trio in E flat, Op. 70 No. 2

“Illuminating and masterly Beethoven.”  THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

Tickets for the concert £18.50 including refreshments.  The pre-concert tour of Hellens Manor is £7.50 (optional) and the three-course pre-concert meal is £12.50 (optional). Tickets available from Orpheus Box Office 01905 570979 or email: info@orpheus-events.com



Sunday 20th January, Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival 1pm and 4pm in the Great Barn

Fin de Siecle Paris 1pm

Faure Piano Quartet in G minor, op. 45 (Daniel Tong, Arisa Fujita, Ruth Gibson, Guy Johnston)

Chausson Piano Quartet in A, op. 30 (Simon Crawford-Phillips, Laura Samuel, Tom Dunn, Amy Norrington)

Lunch and refreshments will be available to buy between the concerts


Pre-concert talk on Enescu String Octet by Stephen Walsh


Ravel String Quartet in F (Arisa Fujita, Florence Cooke, Ruth Gibson, Kate Gould)

Saint-Saens Piano Trio in E minor, op. 92 (Simon Crawford-Phillips, Arisa Fujita, Guy Johnston)

Enescu String Octet in C, op. 7 (Malin Broman, Matthew Truscott, William Coleman, Amy Norrington & the Celan Quartet)

Tickets for the 1pm concert are £12, for 4pm concert £16 and a day ticket is £23. To book your tickets or for further information visit our website www.wyevalleyfestival.comorcontact us by email info@wyevalleyfestival.com or by telephone 07583 510 402.



Create your own event!

If you have a special occasion to celebrate we can organise a mediaeval banquet in the Stone Hall (even in costume…) or a Pig Roast in the Great Barn.  Maybe a candlelit tour of the House followed by supper? Guest numbers can be from 20 to 150. We are happy to organise entertainment from a court jester to a string quartet or local band.  We work with local caterers and can plan your event with you. Just bring your imagination! Please call 01531 660 504 or email. info@hellensmanor.com to discuss.


The Great Barn can accommodate up to 100 (or more) people, ideal for conferences, workshops or simply a corporate away day. Our Haywain Barn is smaller and more intimate but with the same facilities accommodating up to about 25 guests. Catering can be provided and projecting facilities are in place. Maybe incorporate a tour of the House during your visit? Use the gardens for treasure hunts or flying falcons! Hold a survival course in Hallwood? For further information and enquiries, please call 01531 660 504 or email info@hellensmanor.com

ActivitiesPerry Making - Big Apple Weekend- Come and Help!
The Mill House here at Hellens was built during the 19th century for Charles Radcliffe Cooke. At that time Hellens was surrounded by apple and pear orchards. Ancient perry pear trees can still be seen along our drive and we are planting a wide variety of apple and pear trees to continue the tradition.

Each year we make cider or perry in the traditional way at Hellens. First the pears are sorted to remove unwanted twigs, etc. Our horse and donkeys aren’t used to being harnessed, so we use volunteers to turn the millstone.

As the pears are crushed they are wrapped in hessian to make “cheeses” then formed into a stack, ready for pressing. When the stack is complete, pressure is applied to squeeze out the juice.