Reasons to visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this week


Hellensmusic to brings exceptional musicians to work together in intimate surroundings exploring new ideas
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.


THURSDAY 19th May – 8:00pm // St. Bart’s Church
Christian Blackshaw Solo Piano
Liszt – From Années de Pèlerinage: Suisse
Les cloches de Genève
Vallée d’Obermann
Schubert – Moments Musicaux, D. 780
Liszt – Sonata in B minor

FRIDAY 20th MAY – 8:00pm // Great Barn Hellens
String Trio, Quartet and Quintet
Maya Iwabuchi (violin), Markus Däunert (violin), Máté Szücs (viola), Bruno Delepelaire (cello), Waldemar Schwiertz (double bass)
Beethoven – String trio op. 9 No. 3 in C minor
Mendelssohn – String quartet op. 44 No. 2 in E minor
Dvorak – String quintet op. 77 in G major

SATURDAY 21st – 8:00 pm // Great Barn Hellens
Piano Quintet
Christian Blackshaw (piano), Maya Iwabuchi (violin), Markus Däunert (violin), Máté Szücs (viola), Bruno Delepelaire (cello), Waldemar Schwiertz (double bass)
Shostakovich – Piano Quintet in G minor
Schubert – Piano Quintet in A major ‘The Trout’

SUNDAY 22nd // Great Barn Hellens
Masterclass Students Concert

Motown Tribute
Bringing back the wall of sound – with Roy Hemmings of the infamous ‘Drifters’ lending his authenticity, experience and backing to the Krystaletts with their original sound and look. Their harmonies will instantly transport you into the swinging 60s. You will find yourself walking down memory lane in a show guaranteed to have you off your seats and singing along to some of the greatest pop songs ever written. The Krystaletts are the real thing – enter a time warp with them and prepare yourself for a journey through two decades of memories.adminupload_56f7a4270b3f8krys

Friday 20th May

£17.50 per adult including a two course dinner.

This is an over 18’s seated event
For more information call 01594 560 400

Taurus Crafts Beer and Cider Fayre
Taurus Crafts are upping the ante this year and expanding their annual Beer festival to incorporate a selection of the regions finest Cider makers and renaming the event ‘The Beer and Cider Fayre’. The event will also extend into the evening and include more live music. Featuring a range of beer and cider makers alongside food, BBQ and café there will be something to tempt all visitors. The live music will keep the crowds entertained and children’s activities on site will provide a creative outlet for all the family in the daytime.
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Saturday 21st May 2016
Free Entry

Join us for the ultimate TRI SUP event that combines SUP (stand up paddle boarding), mountain biking and trail running with a choice of two course lengths and SUP board hire available. Enter alone or enter as a Team (4-8 people per team) including Fanatic XL SUP hire:

Warrior 3K SUP | 15K MTB | 5K RUN
Barbarian 6K | SUP | 30K MTB | 10K RUN

Every #supbikerun venue in 2016 comes complete with on-site camping, excellent catering, SUP demo’s from all the leading brands and chill-out zone. Bring your friends, bring your family, chill, relax and enjoy.


Showaddywaddy were one of the biggest successes of the 70s and dominated the British charts with their releases including the smash number 1 hit Under The Moon Of Love. Wham-a-lang-a-ding-dang – you know it makes sense! Dave Bartram recently stood down as lead singer but continues to manage the band, with founding members Romeo Challenger and Rod Deas plus Paul Dixon. New members are Andy Pelos on lead vocals, Rob Hewins (drums/guitars/vocals) and Dean Loach (keyboards/vocals).

Saturday 21st May 

Lydney Town Hall


Music at Tintern
Come to the Old Station Tintern throughout the summer for fantastic musical performances from 2pm – 4pm.
Sunday 22 May – The Double Sharps (Professional Jazz trumpet and guitar duo)
Sunday 12th June – Wyedean Gospel Choir
Sunday 19 June – Red Rug (Jazz Quartet formed by young Royal Welsh College and Music and Drama musicians)
Sunday 26th June  – Blitz Time Sally
Sunday 3 July – David Grubb and Borderline (Folk/Jazz Fusion group, led by David on the fiddle)
Sunday 10th July – Silurian
Sunday 17 July – Brass instrumentalists from Chepstow Town Band
Fri 29 July – Alex Ishmael and Henry Blight (Young singer/guitarists in the style of Ed Sheeran and Jake Bugg)
Sunday 31st – Mad Toms Crowd
7 Aug – Alex Kirk and Laura Bonar (Post-graduate pianist and violinist)
Sunday 14th August – 3 miles per hour (acoustic trio)
Sunday 21st August – Nataley Simpson (Folk/pop,singer/guitarist)
Sunday 28th August – Jan & Ian
Sunday 4 Sept – Tripling Trio (Post-graduate RWCMD woodwind instrumentalists)
Sunday 18th September – The JAZZ LAdZZ (Jazz/funk fusion)


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