Hay Madrigals was founded in February 2019. Based in Hay-on-Wye, the madrigals are a group of talented and experienced singers and players who love making music together. Some events include the whole group, while others draw upon a small number.

People often ask what a ‘madrigal’ is: mainly, it’s a type of music written in England and Italy during the 16th century, with several different voices all singing – or playing – their own tune independently of each other, but in such a way that the whole thing blends. Instruments can either play the vocal lines, or put in chords, depending on the type of instrument. Singers often sing without any instruments at all but likewise, instruments can play the music without any singers. It’s very flexible, and also, very beautiful music.

However, a madrigal can be just a song for one singer, and they don’t only come from the 16th century either, but have been composed ever since, including today. So basically, a madrigal just be lots of different kinds of song or instrumental piece.

Whilst we do include madrigals in some of our concerts, we also enjoy performing mediaeval music and other repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries, including Haydn, Mozart, and Vivaldi. Our concerts include a mix of full vocaland instrumental ensembles, duets, and solo songs, often with spinet accompaniment, or in the mediaeval music, a hurdy-gurdy, and sometimes recorder and percussion.

If you would like to discuss putting on a fund-raising concert in your church, village hall, or elsewhere; or if you would like us ot provide music in your historic building – anything from a full concert to just some historically-appropriate background music, in costume if you like – please get in touch.

We are a small group, and plan to stay that way. However we do currently have some openings for voices and instruments so if you are interested in singing or playing with us, do get in touch.

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Who we are

Artistic Director

Lucy Green    Read Biography »

Conductor

Paul Sweeting    Read Biography »

Players, including past and present

Steve Jones (violin), Anne Morgan (violin), June Emmerson (violin/viol/recorder), Steve Heavens (bass viol/violone/baroque guitar), Valerie Whiston (chamber organ), Jane Symonds (oboe).

Singers, including past and present

Philippa Alexander, June Emmerson, Lucy Green, Catherine Hughes, Jenny Sully, Christina Watson, David Bartlett, Stephen Goodridge, Barrie Magill, Richard Martin, Michael Molecey, Drew Morton, Paul Sweeting, Terry Watson.