MUSIC AT BLEDDFA
Both Hall Barn and the adjoining Church of St Mary Magdalene are excellent venues for concerts and music workshops. We’ve welcomed performances of all genres; from string quartets, classical musicians, and West Gallery quires, to acoustic singer-songwriters, folk groups and blues groups.
If you are a musician and would like to perform or deliver a workshop at Bleddfa, please do get in touch! We can support with event set-up, publicity, ticket sales, and refreshments. You can view our workshop and event guidelines here.
The Village Quire Concert and Singing Workshop
The Village Quire sings thrilling, unaccompanied West Gallery music, folk harmony, shape note and catches. Like so many of the 18th century quires they sing in four parts and with three voices to a part. They sing in the spirit of the sort of music-making that must have been found in the rural parishes of these times.
The Village Quire also deliver an annual afternoon workshop at the Bleddfa Centre, suitable for all, giving a whistle stop tour of West Gallery music that will whet your appetite and leave you wanting to know about, hear and sing more of this sort of thing.
Gregorian Chant Workshop
The Sing Gregorian Chant workshop is a chance to experience Gregorian chant in a friendly context. All are welcome to this workshop; women and men, singers and non-singers. Beginners are encouraged to join, together with experienced singers. Our work will be structured around the traditional Benedictine monastic hour services recited mainly in English, and the day will conclude with an informal performance of a sequence of chant. The aim is to be an entertaining, friendly, informative and enjoyable experience.
Nightingale String Quartet
The Nightingale String Quartet is based in Copenhagen and consists of Gunvor Sihm and Josefine Dalsgaard, violins, Marie Louise Broholt Jensen, viola, and Louisa Schwab, cello. The core of the quartet's identity is their passion for the amazing string quartet repertoire as well as their strong love for each other as musicians and best friends. They performed David Matthews, Vagn Holmboe and Ludwig van Beethoven at the Bleddfa Church as part of the Presteigne Arts Festival.
Castalia String Quartet
Founded in 2004, the quartet has performed in many venues all over England, Scotland and Ireland and has a repertoire ranging from Haydn to the present day. Performances of William Matthias Quartet no.3 op.97, Frank Bridge Idylls and Earnest John Moeran Quartet in A Minor.
A young virtuoso multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin) from Seatle, and member of 'The Onlies' (three only children!), Leo plays Celtic, Appalachian and self-penned songs and tunes accompanied by local musicians. He was joined by local bands playing acoustic music, as a showcase for local talent.
USA / UK trio 'Brother Mule' played a blend of Bluegrass, Americana, Celtic folk and Western Swing. Brother Mule was formed over ten years ago by American musicians Brian Wicklund and Ben Winship. Phenomenal fiddler Wicklund and talented mandolinist & multi-instrumentalist Winship was joined on their short UK tour by top London double bass player Ben Somers.
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