Summer Saxophones

Ferio Saxophone Quartet

Formed in 2012 by graduates of the Royal College of Music, Ferio aims to break the mould of a traditional saxophone quartet by collaborating with composers to create original concepts and performing their own arrangements to develop a wide-ranging and varied portfolio of music. Join them for a chilled Saturday morning session of music from the lighter end of their repertoire.

Today, 11am, Courtyard Centre for the Arts.


300th Anniversary Bach Organ Masterclass with Henry Fairs

Henry Fairs is Head of Organ Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire and a native of Hereford who received his early musical training as a chorister at Leominster Priory. Since winning first prize at the Odense International Organ Competition, his concert career has taken him around the world. The session will focus on the ‘Great 18’ chorale settings by Bach; the new Nicholson organ at Lugwardine is perfectly suited to this repertoire. Participants will be advanced students selected by prior invitation. Observers are welcome and the afternoon concludes with a showcase and informal adjudication.

Today, 2pm, Lugwardine Parish Church.


Song of the Widow

Purcell Three Divine Hymns

Timothy Watts Equal Mistress

Torsten Rasch A Welsh Night -festival commission: world premiere

Novello Glamorous Night

Gurney Three Cabaret Songs

Howells Cabaret Song

Wood Roses of Picardy

Sarah Connolly - mezzo-soprano

Joseph Middleton - piano

The centrepiece of Sarah Connolly’s recital is a sequence of texts by the Welsh poet of the Second World War Alun Lewis (1915–44), set to music by the German composer Torsten Rasch in the third of his Three Choirs commissions.

The Torsten Rasch commission is supported by Anwen Walker.

Today, 2.30pm, Holy Trinity Church.


The Gathering Wave

Pete Churchill Echoes: A Song of Poland - festival commission: world premiere

Songs from around the world

Jenny Frost - soprano

Njabulo Madlala - baritone

The Gathering Wave community choir

Hilary Smallwood, Jon Watson - musical directors

Community and school choirs from Hereford city and beyond come together for this celebration of songs from around the world, which includes the premiere of Echoes: A Song of Poland, a choral piece by Pete Churchill inspired by the experiences of Polish immigrants who settled at Foxley, near Hereford, in 1947.

Supported by The Gibbs Charitable Trust and The Very Revd Michael Tavinor.

Today, 7.45pm, Hereford Cathedral.

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