Simon Dorrell, from Way of the Wilderness Lent 2014



Poetry at Discoed with Gregory Leadbetter
Friday 24 August at 11am

Gregory Leadbetter is a poet and critic, with research interests in English Romanticism, poetry and creative writing; he is the author of two poetry collections: The Fetch (Nine Arches Press, 2016) and The Body in the Well (HappenStance Press, 2007). His poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, Poetry London, The North, Magma, The Rialto, on BBC Radio 4, And Other Poems, and in CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets (Smith/Doorstop, 2014) as well as other journals and anthologies.

His book of literary criticism, Coleridge and the Daemonic Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) won the University English Book Prize 2012, and he has published essays on Wordsworth, Keats, Charles Lamb and Ted Hughes. He has written radio drama for the BBC, and was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2013. In 2016 he was Poet in Residence at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage for Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival. He currently teaches at Birmingham City University, where he is Reader in Literature and Creative Writing.

Tickets £7.50 unreserved. More details on the Presteigne Festival website

Bach to the Future
Kristīne Balanas violin
Sunday 26 August at 5.15pm

Vytautas Barkauskas Partita, Op 12
David Matthews Four Australian Birds, Op 84a
George Benjamin Three Miniatures
Johann Sebastian Bach Partita in E, BWV1006

Tickets £14 unreserved | £6 student

More details on the Presteigne Festival website

Early Music in the Marches 2018

7th-9th September

At Upper House, Discoed and Bleddfa Church

Link to full programme here

This years programme celebrates the dramatic music of Handel and his contemporaries, with a two-day workshop on his last oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus, led by Musical Director, David Hatcher, and violinist Julia Bishop - both well known period instrumentalists and popular tutors. 

Early Music in the Marches are delighted that Julia has accepted their invitation to join David and harpsichordist Hilary Norris (a regular favourite at Discoed) for the Friday concert with a concert of music by various foreign composers who, like Handel, joined the flood of foreign musicians who visited London (many of whom never left) in the 18th century.

They will also be joined by tenor Matthew Pochin’s vocal ensemble, Scaramella for the Saturday concert in the Church of St Mary Magdalen, Bleddfa.
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h’Art- Herefordshire Art Week

8 - 16th September open 11am-5pm daily

Paintings: Carolyn Blake, Simon Dorrell, Ciara Lewis, Charles MacCarthy, Vanessa Pomeroy, Shelagh Popham, Rob Ritchie

Ceramics: Jennifer Hall, Nigel Lambert

Sculpture: Antonia Spowers

Mixed Media: Sharon Hall Shipp

Metalwork: Ambrose Burn

Michaelmas Feast of Words and Music

Saturday 29th September - 7.30pm

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the restoration of St Michael’s Church, Discoed.

The St Michael's Singers directed by MARION ROWLATT
Oboe Soloist - RUTH WATSON
Devised and presented by EDWARD STOREY

Tickets £10 (inc.special refreshments and programme) available at Winnie’s newsagents, Presteigne or 01547 560437