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Hellensmusic is a music festival that takes place every Spring over five days at Hellens Manor in Herefordshire. The event’s aims are threefold: to bring exceptional musicians to work together in intimate surroundings exploring new ideas; to provide talented music students from all over the country with the opportunity to learn from world-class professionals in the field; and to bring great music to a lost corner of England, inspiring local audiences, both children and adults, to a greater understanding and appreciation of all music.

The event 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 performing 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 will have the opportunity to showcase the insights achieved over the week.

Hellensmusic also works closely with local primary and secondary schools, developing a programme of activities during the festival, and at other times through the year. Students of all ages are invited to participate in a series of music workshops (including 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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WEDNESDAY 3rd to SUNDAY 7th MAY 2017

Following four sold-out editions, Hellensmusic returns to the village of Much Marcle from 3 to 7 May for five days of world-class concerts and masterclasses in the charming setting of Hellens, one of England’s oldest manor houses.

Quickly establishing its reputation for bringing the finest music-making to the heart of rural Herefordshire, the festival will feature performances by celebrated pianist Christian Blackshaw and a group of exceptional musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

2017 also brings a special opening event with the award-winning Cantabile Girls’ Choir from the Hereford Cathedral School and the promise of unexpected musical pairings and unforgettable tunes at the festival’s first ever pub concert (Feathers Hotel, Ledbury).

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WEDNESDAY 3 May - 19:00 // St Bartholomew’s Church BOOK NOW
Welcome talk and concert by The Hereford Cathedral School’s Cantabile Girls Choir

A selection of madrigals, sacred partsongs and traditional folk songs from Europe and the British Isles

Jo Williamson, director
The Hereford Cathedral School’s Cantabile Girls Choir

THURSDAY 4 May - 20:00 // St Bartholomew’s Church BOOK NOW
Piano Recital by Christian Blackshaw

Mozart: Sonata in B flat major, K. 333
Mozart: Sonata in A minor, K. 310
Schumann: Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Christian Blackshaw, piano

FRIDAY 5 May - 20:00 // Great Barn at Hellens BOOK NOW
Schubert Evening

Schubert: String trio in B flat major, D. 581
Schubert: String quartet no. 13 in A minor ‘Rosamunde’, D. 804 (Op. 29)
Schubert: String quintet in C major, D. 956 (Op. 163)

Markus Däunert, violin
Maya Iwabuchi, violin
Máté Szücs, viola
Bruno Delepelaire, cello
Waldemar Schwiertz, double bass

SATURDAY 6 May - 18:30 // Great Barn at Hellens BOOK NOW
Masterworks by Schumann, Gubaidulina, Mozart

Schumann:  Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
Gubaidulina: Sonata for double bass and piano
Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 12 in A major, K. 414

Christian Blackshaw, piano
Markus Däunert, violin
Maya Iwabuchi, violin
Máté Szücs, viola
Bruno Delepelaire, cello
Waldemar Schwiertz, double bass

SATURDAY 6 May - 21:45 // Feathers Hotel, Ledbury BOOK NOW
Hellensmusic Pub Concert

Hellensmusic’s first ever pub concert promises a dazzling blend of folk, classical and world music that will set your feet tapping! Hellensmusic joint Artistic Director Máté Szücs is joined by gypsy musician extraodinaire Béla Farkas and musical maverick Julien Quentin on a journey of unexpected pairings and unforgettable tunes.

Máté Szücs , viola
Béla Farkas, violin
Julien Quentin, piano

SUNDAY 7 May - 11:30 // Great Barn at Hellens BOOK NOW
Concert by the students of Hellensmusic’s Masterclass Programme


The Hellensmusic Masterclass Programme is run by the festival's guest artists and offers exceptional learning opportunities to some of the most talented music students in the UK. Masterclasses are open to the public - no need to book, just show up!

Wednesday 3 May
Piano: 9:30 to 13:30 @ Great Barn
Strings: 9:30 to 16:30 @ Music Room

Thursday 4 May
Piano: 10:00 to 13:00 @ St Bartholomew's Church
Strings: 9:30 to 13:30 @ Music Room
Chamber music: 9:30 to 11:00 and 12 to 13:30 @ Dining Room

Friday 5 May
Piano: 9:30 to 12:30 @ Great Barn
Strings: 9:30 to 13:30 @ Music Room
Chamber music: 9:30 to 11:00 @ Dining Room

Saturday 6 May
Piano: 9:30 to 12:30 @ Great Barn
Strings: 9:30 to 13:30 @ Music Room
Chamber music: 12:00 to 13:30 @ Dining Room

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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 same house, sharing meals and extra time together, and students are invited every day and evening to listen to their tutors’ rehearsals and performances. This provides a unique opportunity for learning, and for exchange between musicians and students, that goes well beyond each of the coaching sessions.

In previous years we 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.


Hellensmusic is also about motivating and inspiring local children to love music.  We work with primary and secondary schools, organising workshops and activities during the festival and throughout the year.

To deliver our education activities we collaborate closely with ABF Music, a team of experienced music teachers with whom we have developed a series of music workshops to involve many of our local schools. Some of the schools we have worked and continue to work 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.

In 2017 our Schools' Day is Wednesday 3 May.

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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. This year we are also working with Feathers Hotel in Ledbury to host our very first pub concert!

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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