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World Class HellensMusic Returns to Ledbury this May

Prepare to enjoy world-class concerts, masterclasses, music at the church, and a trip to the pub. Hellensmusic returns for its 11th Anniversary, showcasing performances from internationally acclaimed musicians from the UK and Europe from 15 – 19 May 2024.

Hellensmusic is an annual music festival held every Spring at Hellens Manor, St Bartholomew’s Church, and the Walwyn Arms in Much Marcle, Herefordshire. Co-directed by violinist Maya Iwabuchi (leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and a former leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra) and Máté Szücs (ex-Principal viola of the Berlin Philharmonic), its patron and founder is Christian Blackshaw, the virtuoso British pianist associated with his performances and recordings of Mozart and Schubert, amongst others.

The festival offers a 5-day varied programme with chamber music concerts performed by resident musicians in the evenings, and free-to-observe public masterclasses where advanced music students from the UK and Europe come to learn with internationally renowned artists.

Concerts include a solo recital by candlelight from Hungarian Soprano Borbála Szuromi, where classical meets contemporary in a unique performance at St Bartholomew´s Church; chamber music evenings at Hellens Manor featuring Brahms, Britten, and Beethoven; and much more. Two Sunday concerts feature all members of Hellensmusic performing a programme including the works of Mozart and Chausson, along with the ever-popular Pub Concert at the Walwyn Arms.

“Our 11th Anniversary of Hellensmusic is here to bring inspirational music to our small corner of the planet. Our soloists come from round the world, and the masterclass students too; great international artists, and exciting new talents working, learning, living together in the surroundings of an ancient Manor, which remains both a home and a laboratory. We welcome you all!”

Artistic Directors say, “You will hear music from centuries ago to the cutting-edge expressions of the present, and all of this delivered by an extraordinary line-up of some of the most important senior artists of today and our stars of tomorrow. Music nourishes like nothing else and we very much hope to feed your hearts and minds with our programme this week”

Festival-goers are invited free to observe masterclasses and to enjoy the picturesque grounds of Hellens Manor, with stunning views of the Malvern Hills, before enjoying a concert. There will also be two meals at Hellensmusic to enjoy after and/or before concerts – Supper will be available on Saturday 18th sand a BBQ lunch on Sunday 19 in-between concerts.

Book your tickets now and join us at Hellensmusic Festival in May for an unforgettable celebration of music and talent.

Tickets cost from £10 to £20 and are available online

For the full Festival programme, please visit the festival website