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Hellensmusic is a music festival that takes place every Spring in and around Hellens Manor, Herefordshire. The event’s aims are threefold: to create opportunities for world-class musicians to collaborate outside the concert circuit and explore new ideas; to provide a platform for talented music students from all over the country to learn from leading experts; and to bring great music to this corner of England, inspiring local audiences, both children and adults, to a greater understanding and appreciation of all music.

Hellensmusic has a strong focus on music education and training for the young. The main concerts take place in the early evenings, and during the day the resident musicians deliver a series of masterclasses to talented students from the UK’s best music schools and colleges. During five days of intense musical work, students have the chance to learn from renowned professionals coming from some of the best orchestras and ensembles in the world.  The course culminates in a final concert where students have the opportunity to show what they learned throughout the week.

Hellensmusic also works closely with local primary and secondary schools, both during the festival and at other times of the year. Pupils of all ages are invited to participate in a series of workshops (singing, playing and composition) where they engage with the professional musicians, the masterclass students and the public.

Since its inception in 2013 Hellensmusic has developed exponentially. This annual chamber music festival's avowed aim of bringing great music to this quiet corner of England is certainly being achieved, as is its commitment to holding masterclasses for talented students from various conservatoires; and its reaching out to local primary schools is bearing promising fruits. And its reward is the packed houses flocking to its concerts.

Christopher Morley, 5* review in the Birmingham Post
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The 6th edition of Hellensmusic will take place between Wednesday 16 and Sunday 20 May 2018.

The programme will be revealed early in the new year.

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Hellensmusic brings the finest music-making to the heart of rural Herefordshire, offering five days of world-class concerts in the charming setting of Hellens, one of England’s oldest manor houses.

Programme of Hellensmusic 2017


Every year we invite students from the top music colleges in the UK to join us for a week of solo, chamber and improvisation masterclasses with Hellensmusic’s resident artists. These are open to the public and free to attend.


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Hellensmusic offers talented students the opportunity to learn with some of the best professionals in the classical music world. Students from music schools and colleges in the UK are welcome to Hellens for a week to work intensely with renowned professionals taking a series of solo masterclasses, chamber music classes, and music improvisation sessions.

Our aim is to create a rich and inspiring musical week for all participants involved. Everyone stays in the property, sharing meals and leisure time, and students are invited every day to listen to their tutors’ rehearsals and performances. This provides a unique opportunity for formal but also informal learning, something which sets Hellensmusic apart from other masterclass programmes.

We have received students from the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Welsh College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and the Birmingham Conservatoire, as well as Purcell School of Music, Chetham’s School of Music, Yehudi Menuhin School and the Razumovsky Academy.


One of Hellensmusic's main goals is to motivate and inspire local children to love music.

This is why we’ve partnered with a team of experienced music teachers at ABF Music to organise a series of workshops tailored to our local primary and secondary schools. Activities take place throughout the year and culminate at Hellensmusic’s School Days, two days during which the children come to Hellens to play their own compositions, sing and listen to concerts and masterclasses.

Some of the schools we have worked and continue to work with are: John Masefield High School, Malvern St James, Sixth Form Centre and their music department, Ledbury Primary School, Eastnor CE Primary, Much Marcle Primary, The Elms, Ashperton Primary Academy, Gorsley Goffs Ross-on-Wye, Lugwardine Primary Academy, St Richard’s School Bredenbury, Bromesberrow St Mary’s Primary School.

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Hellens, one of the oldest historic houses in England, remains a lived-in, and much loved family home, not a museum. The house itself dates from 1096 when it was granted to the de Balun family, who were witness to the Magna Carta, and thereafter by marriage, deed or gift it passed eventually to the descendants today, and is a living monument to much of England’s history.

Hellens is no great stately house, but an ancient place where watch-tower, monastery, fortified manor and farmhouses, Tythe Barns and Georgian stable have served their purposes in turn through the millenium.  The knot and cloister gardens, a yew labyrinth, a short woodland and pond walk all contribute to a magical environment that entrances every coming visitor.

The Festival’s heart is the fine 16th century Tythe Barn at Hellens, with our very own Steinway D Concert Grand chosen by Christian Blackshaw.

In 2016 we expanded the festival activities to St Bartholomew’s Church in Much Marcle, just a stone’s throw from Hellens Manor, and in 2017 we hosted our first event in Ledbury: a pub concert at the Feathers Hotel.

For further information about Hellens please visit www.hellensmanor.com

…the Glyndebourne of Chamber Music… when Glynders was more homespun… an unbeatable combination at Hellens.

Robert Slottover, CEO Allied Artists Agency, on Hellensmusic
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Festival Tickets are available from The Hereford Courtyard’s Box Office:
01432 340555
They are also available from the following local shops: Ice Bytes (Ledbury), River Music (Ross-on-Wye), Premier Stores (Much Marcle)


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Hellens, Much Marcle,
Nr. Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2LY
Tel: 01531 660504

Enter your starting point to get directions

By car

Hellens lies just off the A449 between Ledbury and Ross on Wye road. Follow the brown signs from the crossroads in the centre of the village.

By train

The closest train station is Ledbury in Herefordshire. Once you arrive there you can take a taxi straight to Hellens Manor (between £10-£12).

G&T Private Hire - 07922126136
Filip Umurski Taxis - 07903112849


There are a number of options of places to stay near Hellens during the festival:

For further information on local accommodation please go to this link: http://muchmarcle.net/accommodation/

You can also contact the Ledbury Tourist Information Centre on 01531 636147

The Royal Oak, Much Marcle
http://www.royal-oak-inn.com/rooms  01531 660300

Great Moor Court, Much Marcle
www.muchmarcle.net/accommodation/bb/great-moor-court 01531 660322

Hall Court, Rushall
www.muchmarcle.net/accommodation/bb/hall-court 01531 660605

Little Acre
www.littleacre.co.uk  01989 740600

Church Corner B&B, Much Marcle
www.muchmarcle.net/accommodation/bb/church-corner 01531 660649

New House Farm, Longhope
www.newhousefarm-accommodation.co.uk 01531 660604

For Bed and Breakfast in Ledbury visit

Great Moor Court, Much Marcle
www.muchmarcle.net/accommodation/bb/great-moor-court 01531 660322

The Royal Oak, Much Marcle
http://www.royal-oak-inn.com/rooms  01531 660300

Great Moor Court, Much Marcle
www.muchmarcle.net/accommodation/bb/great-moor-court 01531 660322

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Artistic Directors
Christian Blackshaw, Máté Szücs

Hellensmusic Chairman
Adam Munthe

Festival Manager
Aixa Figini

Communications Manager
Inês Correia

E-mail: info@hellensmusic.com
Phone: +44 (0)1531 660504

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