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Future Events

There is something about the music produced by Rosie Newton and Richie Stearns that tells you without question that this is one of those meant-to-be matches.

The pair enjoyed coming together to make music so much that they had spent many happy hours experimenting with both traditional and original songs before ever considering performing for anything other than their own entertainment.

Sounding now as if they might have formed two decades ago, such is the natural feel they possess, each has won the admiration of a wide circle of contemporaries around the World.

Rosie is a talented fiddler and singer who was raised in a musical family and had previously toured with The Duhks.

Stearns earned himself well-deserved “legendary” status following stints as banjo player and singer leading bands such as The Horse Flies and Donna the Buffalo. He has also played with countless others, and tours whenever she goes out on the road, with Natalie Merchant.

A highly-regarded sideman, he has performed internationally with the likes of Bela Fleck, Pete Seeger, David Byrne, Billy Bragg, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Joan Baez.

In 2013 the duo released their first album, Tractor Beam, a 12-track mix of originals and classics, designed to mirror the experience of a live performance. A follow-up was well received last year.

In combining their musical passion, Richie and Rosie draw from American old-time, Appalachian folk, Blues, African, Rock, Cajun, and Country music, taking the fiddle/banjo combination to a well-settled place as they continue to expand the boundaries of this tradition.

Renowned for their incredibly refined skills, diverse musical influence and honest storytelling, the pair exemplify the power and magic of two people doing what comes naturally to them, making music together.

Online tickets available here. Booking fee £1.

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BELTANE

 Nature is bursting with potential. Reach out for what you want – everything is possible

With rejuvenating sound waves that still the mind, soothe the spirit and take you to the peaceful realms of your deepest self where healing and transformation occurs. The vibrations positively affect the nervous system by slowing respiratory, brain and heart rates, reducing stress and restoring balance and wellbeing.

In a gong bath, you will be asked to bring a mat, a blanket and comfortable clothing. As you relax into the space, sound frequencies are used to help you go into a state of meditation and soothe you on a cellular level. Gongs are powerful instruments of change that resonate through your body like a massage. Soothing and detoxifying the effects should last for several days after the session.

Chrys Blanchard has lead workshops, composed music and lead choirs for 42 years. She creates and directs a number of projects for education, theatre and community as well as running a sound-healing workshop in Abergavenny’s Nevill Hall Hospital for the last 7 years.

Two sessions to choose from 4-5.30pm / 7.30-9pm

£12. Booking Essential as places are limited

On the publication of her important new book about Dementia we are pleased to welcome Nicci Gerrard to a Conversation at the Chapel. Given the importance of the subject matter, and the wide range of those involved in care we are also inviting, we ask all those buying tickets to give what they feel is appropriate.

So this is a charity event.

Nicci Gerrard is a writer and campaigner, a novelist (under her own name and also as one half of the best-selling psychological thriller writer Nicci French) and recipient of the 2016 Orwell Prize for Journalism ‘Exposing Britain’s Social Evils’. What Dementia Teaches Us About Love grew out of her father’s death from dementia in 2014 and her belief that the disease, its impact on individuals, families and wider society, needed light thrown upon it in order to improve the experience and support of those affected.

Nicci Gerrard is also co-founder of John’s Campaign, named after her father, which has campaigned to give carers of those with dementia the same rights as parents of children to accompany them in hospital. Recognised by NHS policy makers, by charities, by nurses and doctors and carers, almost every hospital has now signed up.

Booking essential as space is limited. You can reserve a place either by email – events @artshopandchapel.co.uk, phone 01873 736430 / 852690 or in person at the Chapel or at The Art Shop. Donations can be made when booking or on the night either by cash or card. We hope you can support this important event.

Chapel bookshop and bar will be open all evening.

All money received by The Art Shop & Chapel will go to local Dementia Charities.

AN EXPLORATION INTO THE NATURE OF CREATIVITY 

WEEKEND LIFE-DRAWING COURSE with MERIEL GOLD

Meriel Gold trained at the Slade and was taught by Oskar Kokoschka and Cecil Collins. Collins’s life drawing classes at the Central School of Art in the 70’s and 80’s were legendry, and Oskar Kokoschka’s School of Seeing set up by him in 1953 in Salzburg Academy of Fine Arts, taught students through the creative process …‘my school does not strive towards technical skills, nor towards photographic imitations of nature and not at all towards abstract art… I want to teach my students the art of vision…’

Meriel’s innate sense of both artists’ teachings is very evident. Seeing past what the mind thinks it knows based on learnt patterns of conditioning, including the desire for results and fear of not getting them, allows for a relaxation back into the creative and intuitive essence of our self, which is just plain being at home as oneself. Using hands, fingers and natural instruments like reeds, quills, brushes, charcoal, chalk, water, music and life models, we touch out on our paper that which touches us in the human form. In truth we touch ‘Being-ness’, which is our true nature.

£210 Booking Essential. All materials provided. Includes lunch & refreshments throughout the day.

Canadian musicians and celebrated instrument makers Pharis & Jason Romero sing vibrant duets, write deadly songs, play handmade banjos and love old acoustic guitars!

Pharis & Jason have a classic story. When some scratchy old records and a custom banjo led to their meeting in 2007, they quickly knew they were in for the long haul. They’ve since released six records and toured across North America and the UK. They’ve won a Juno award, been featured on NPR Music, CBC, BBC, and Folk Alley, and have performed on A Prairie Home Companion and CBC’s The Vinyl Cafe. They are passionate teachers and believers in many things folk, and their heartbreakingly harmonic live show is an ever-evolving and never-ending quest for good songs and beautiful sounds.

Sweet Old Religion is the newest release from the duo. All originals, with light, love and time leading the themes, it’s a record that sounds like over a decade of playing and listening together. Part duets and part featuring guests, it’s Pharis & Jason at their very finest, their most open. Produced by Marc Jenkins, engineered by John Raham, with musical guests and a choir of family & friends, Sweet Old Religion carries a wide spread of influences, spanning from early 1920s jazz, blues, and country to 1960s songwriters like Levon Helm and The Band. The album also features songs inspired by their deep love of old music and rural life, with archaic banjo tunings where Jason moves between several of his own handmade instruments to bring out unique tones for each song.

“There’s something ancient and aching about the Romeros, a sound that feels like a reverberation from the past, even as the songs are a perfect antidote to this sped-up, modern world. Sweet Old Religion is particularly good medicine”. NO DEPRESSION

“Their collaboration is fuelled by an intangible magic, the rare quality that makes a critic want to leave it at. Just turn this album on; you’ll love it.” FOLK ALLEY

”all the swing and sway, soaring harmony lines and musical subtlety they’re known for. It’s beautiful.” – EXCLAIM!

“…beautifully crafted musicianship and singingFOLK RADIO UK

Online tickets available here. Booking fee £1.

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Judith Weir is a British composer whose work ranges very widely, from folk music to opera. She has worked with some of the world’s major musicians, but also spends much time with school choirs and amateur orchestras. As the current holder of the 400-year old royal appointment as Master of The Queen’s Music, she has written music for national occasions, mostly recently the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, attended by the Queen and the German President.

Chapel bookshop and bar will be open all evening.

Online tickets available here. £1 booking fee.

(Image courtesy of Benjamin Ealovega)

 

Tickets £10 available at The Art Shop and at the Chapel. Booking Essential.

Just announced Charlie Parr and JD Wilkes on tour here in Britain, coming to perform at the Chapel. Book your tickets now for two separate performances in one evening.

Charlie Parr is an American country blues musician, born in Austin, Minnesota. An easily confused and very shy individual, Parr has been travelling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin Minnesota in the 1980’s in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life. Spider John Koerner (born 1938 in New York) was an American guitarist, musical genius, singer and songwriter who inspired a  generation of musicians including Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Ray Davies, Bonny Raitt and the Doors.

Parr plays a Mule resonator, National resonator guitar, a fretless open-back banjo, and a twelve-string guitar, often in the Piedmont blues style. 

JD Wilkes is an American musician, visual artist, author, filmmaker and self-proclaimed “southern surrealist”.  He is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (notably on harmonica and banjo), having recorded with such artists as Merle Haggard, John Carter Cash, Mike Patton, and Hank Williams III. Wilkes’ latest solo album Cattle in the Cane includes his own renditions of traditional tunes (mostly old-time mountain music). In the last two years, Wilkes has continued to develop his solo project, having toured with Charlie Parr and The Tillers, as well as performing at the 2015 Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Wilkes is perhaps best known as the founder of the Legendary Shack Shakers, a Southern Gothic rock and blues band formed in the mid 90’s. He has been compared to iconoclasts like David Byrne, Iggy Pop, or Jerry Lee Lewis, and with his small, wiry frame and intense, incandescent performances, it’s not hard to see why. But while he plays the carnival barker onstage, he’s a dedicated lifelong student of true Southern culture. Master banjo player Dom Flemons said, “JD is a real old-Kentucky banjo player and he can take that to the bank!”

Online tickets available here. Booking fee £1

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Selected Past Events

Celebrating the arrival of spring in the company of gardening writer, Anna Pavord.

Anna’s books include her bestseller, The Tulip, The Naming of Names and her most recent work, Landskipping. Her column in the Independent newspaper ran from the paper’s launch in 1986 and for many years she was an Associate Editor of the magazine Gardens Illustrated. She served for ten years on the Gardens Panel of the National Trust, the last five as chairman. She also served three 3-year terms on English Heritage’s Parks and Gardens Panel.

In 2001 she was awarded the Gold Veitch medal from the Royal Horticultural Society. For more than 40 years she has lived in Dorset where she gardens on a steep sunny slope among arisaemas and magnolias.

Chapel bookshop and bar will be open all evening.

Tickets £10 available at The Art Shop and at the Chapel. Booking Essential.

Join children’s writer Sarah KilBride for a fun and energetic creative workshop exploring themes, from Doggy Antics to A Whole Lot of Hair. The session will start with a story and then explode into the story’s world with games, imaginative play, music, movement and art. We all cool down at the end of the session, cwtched up with picture books that follow the theme.

Originally from the Black Mountains, Sarah KilBride is the author of Being a Princess is Very Hard Work, illustrated by Ada Grey (illustrator of the bestselling Royal Baby series). Sarah created the bestselling Princess Evie’s Ponies series, that has sold worldwide and next year sees the publication of A Cuddle and a Cwtch. Sarah works as the Baby Bookworm coordinator for the Stephens and George charitable Trust, promoting literacy and nurturing a love of books in schools and with babies and their families.

Recommended age range up to 7 years. Please note all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Online tickets available here.

Tickets £4 per child.

If you love drama and poetry, then the Aber Writing Fest Youth Poetry Slam workshop is a must. Just come along and be prepared to write a poem, rehearse it and then slam in front of an appreciative audience. The winner will receive a special certificate and a prize.

Glenn Carmichael and Claire Williamson have been running poetry slam workshops and hosting slams since 1994. They will teach you everything you need to know to write a brilliant poem and coach you so you’re ready to perform in the poetry slam which will take place at the end of the workshop.

Glenn recently toured with SW Collective: ‘Flash’ a spoken word show about moments, and ‘Count Me In’ a promenade spoken word and visual show based in a bingo hall. Claire is author of Visiting the Minotaur (Seren, 2018) and three other poetry collections. Claire’s poetry has been highly commended and she is adoctoral candidate at Cardiff University.

Recommended for ages 7 plus. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Online tickets available here.

Tickets £6 per child.

Join creative writing tutor Sharon Brace for this practical workshop at the Chapel.

Personal writing is believed to be good for you and is often considered a practice in self-care as it is a way of checking in with yourself, a way to relieve stress and create personal meaning. It is also a way to let go of things which are no longer beneficial and aids in gaining insight into our own motivations and actions by giving voice to our own stories. All of which promote wellbeing by releasing the negativities of the past and aiding in identifying and embracing future goals. It can quiet anxiety, encourage calm and bolster intention or just provide a way to tell your story. Whichever is most applicable, come along and have a scribble!

Sharon Brace gained an M.A. in Creative Writing from Cardiff University, having harboured the instinct and desire to write since childhood. She now works as a Creative Writing tutor in several settings and is employed by Monmouthshire County Council. She is also engaged in running Creative Writing for wellbeing workshops for the charities Women’s Aid and Mind,and is writing on her own novel.

Online tickets available here.

Tickets £7.

A unique evening of powerful words will begin with readings from exciting Welsh poets Mari Ellis Dunning and Jonathan Edwards.  Mari will be reading from her debut poetry collection ‘Salacia’ and Jonathan (author of the Costa and Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award ‘My Family and Other Superheroes’) from his new collection ‘Gen’.

There will be dazzling bi-lingual poetry and music from literary activist, lyricist, rapper, singer songwriter and performance art poet Rufus Mufasa. And a unique set from Mr Woodnote and Afro Cluster’s frontman Tumi Williams. Mr Woodnote who freestyles beats and bass lines with the use of his loop-station, saxophones and beatboxing will be busting out live beats and bass with Afro Cluster’s frontman. They will be fusing their respective funkiness for the Aber Writing Fest.

And an extra performance from the winner of Christie Residential local talent search (to be announced soon) . . .

Online tickets available here.

Chapel bar will be open all evening.

Tickets £11.

A mesmerizing fusion of Celtic and Indian music, featuring lyrical Indian singer, Rajesh David, the hauntingly virtuosic guitar playing of Dylan Fowler and Pete Stacey’s sublime soprano saxophone and alto flute.

Dylan Fowler is well known to audiences in Abergavenny for his fine musicianship and innovative collaborations with musicians from around the world. Flautist and saxophonist. Pete Stacey has worked with leading Indian classical musicians, creating concertos for leading Indian classical musicians, Hariprasad Chaurasia and Nishat Khan, which have been performed in St David’s Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.

In this evening’s concert they are joined by Indian Classical singer, Rajesh David a wonderfully inventive and versatile singer. Rajesh, who hails from Mumbai where he was a featured artist for All India Radio and Television, currently lives and works in Wales. In Tŷhai he bridges the music and cultures of the Celtic world and India, singing in Hindi, Sanskrit and Welsh.

Tŷhai’s repertoire includes the ragas and rhythms of Indian music, verses from Sufi poetry and ancient Sanskrit texts as well as Welsh traditional music and song.  This evening’s performance is part of a series of concerts to mark the launch of their long- awaited inaugural CD.

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Adam and David Moss are identical twins carrying on the folk tradition for a new generation. The siblings draw on the energy and creativity of Brooklyn, New York for their full-length debut album Some People I Know.  Their stunning songcraft blends masterfully gentle guitar, cello and five-string fiddle with the sublime sort of two-part harmonies only brothers can carry. Their palpably fraternal stage presence and wonderfully familiar heart have earned repute among a modern folk scene

The album’s title, Some People I Know, refers to the personal nature of these songs. As David explains, “I think every song on the album is about a person or a character, and in a way, it’s a reflection of ourselves.” For example, Mary Ann, written by David, is an encouraging ode to a friend with depression. Banjo Song, written by Adam, conveys a conversation with someone who gives up playing an instrument after a hurtful breakup. Though he’s usually on fiddle, Adam plays banjo on the track; throughout the album, David plays guitar and cello.

Although young men, The Brother Brothers have boasted this sterling folk sound for decades. Growing up in Peoria, Illinois, they sang along as children to their father’s record collection of the Kingston Trio, the Everly Brothers, the Beatles and the Beach Boys. “That’s where we learned to sing harmony and then one thing leads to another,” says Adam ”all of a sudden we could harmonise to anything we wanted to. It was a very natural progression”. 

“Gentle in pace and performance, the Mosses have ample space to glide through beautiful, harmonic melodies, as they do. All-in-all it does what they do best, presenting the musical power in weaving their stories and songs with subtlety.” – Popmatters

“The power of minimalist storytelling sweeps us off our feet… That chorus is so barebones, but hits me like a train. They’re clearly masters at their craft.” – Indie Shuffle

SOLD OUT

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Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales 2008-2016, President of Tŷ Newydd, the Welsh Writers Centre. Awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2010, the Wilfred Owen Poetry Award 2012, Hay Festival Poetry Medal 2016. Picador published Selected Poems in 2016. Her latest collection is Zoology, 2017, published by Carcanet.

One reviewer of her poems commented that Gillian “has the metaphoric and metamorphic power to astonish us into viewing life differently….from the most intensely sensuous of writers.’

Another wrote, “how hard it is to write such poems, how easy to enjoy them.”

She has a daughter and two sons, and now lives with her architect husband on a smallholding in Ceredigion.

ALASTAIR LAURENCE, who is curating this series of talks at the Chapel, is a freelance documentary film maker who lives near Abergavenny.

Chapel bookshop and bar will be open all evening.

Online tickets available here. £1 booking fee.

Tickets £10 available at The Art Shop and at the Chapel. Booking Essential.

THIS ONE DAY WORKSHOP WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CHILDREN TO EXPLORE DIFFERENT QUALITIES OF MOVEMENT AND STILLNESS WITH THE BODY AND LATER WITH DRAWING / PAINTING MATERIALS. THE DAY WILL BE INSPIRED BY WELSH LANDSCAPE AND STORY.

DENNI DENNIS – CHOREOGRAPHER AND PERFORMER

Denni was born in Denmark and is now based in Wales. Denni graduated from The Commedia School, Copenhagen and then trained in ballet and mime in St. Petersburg. He has extensive training in the Jacques Lecoq style, Russian character clown and the Pochinko method (Native American spiritual clown). His work has been featured in theatre, circus, dance performance and art installations.

CLARE PARRY-JONES – ARTIST AND PERFORMER

Clare is a local artist and theatre practitioner, performing and teaching internationally. She studied at RADA, and recently toured her solo performance from Siberia to St Petersburg, teaching clown workshops throughout Russia. Her research into Japanese Washi (paper), with reference to costume, ritual and land art has led to ongoing collaborations with Japanese artists. Clare combines land art, performance, ritual and clown.

MERIEL GOLD – DRAWING

Meriel trained at the Slade and was taught by Oskar Kokoschka and Cecil Collins. Collins’s life drawing classes at the Central School of Art in the 70’s and 80’s were legendary, and Oskar Kokoschka’s School of Seeing set up by him in 1953 in Salzburg Academy of Fine Arts, taught students through the creative process …‘my school does not strive to-wards technical skills, nor towards photographic imitations of nature and not at all towards abstract art… I want to teach my students the art of vision…’

ALL AGES WELCOME

Workshop £15. Includes lunch & refreshments. Booking Essential.

Following her week long residency at the Chapel from 19-23 February, Andrea will be giving an illustrated talk about her long involvement with the Jesse Tree and medieval maps.

TALK 12pm upstairs at the Chapel

PRIVATE VIEW 3-4.30pm  upstairs at The Art Shop

An exhibition of paintings, drawings, painted books & work made during her residency.

About the artist

Andrea trained in Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art, the Slade School of Art and the British School at Rome on a painting scholarship.

Her painting ‘A Contemporary Mappa Mundi’ can be seen on display at the British Library as part of their permanent collection.

Andrea is a featured artist in Tess Jaray’s collection of writings – ‘Painting: Mysteries and Confessions’.

A move to London (for the Slade) sparked an interest in William Blake’s poetry as a way of navigating and mapping the city.

She is also inspired by the writings, visionary works of Thomas Traherne, the 17th Century poet. In 2018 she was made honorary member of the Traherne Association.

This is a free event

Rachel Cusk is the author of the trilogy OutlineTransitKudos; the memoirs A Life’s WorkThe Last Supper and Aftermath; and several other novels: Saving Agnes (winner of the Whitbread Award), The TemporaryThe Country Life (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award), The Lucky OnesIn the FoldArlington Park and The Bradshaw Variations. She was chosen as one of Granta’s 2003 Best Young British Novelists. She has been shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize three times, most recently for Kudos.

The Daily Telegraph has called her writing “Stunningly bold, original and humane.”

The reviewer of Kudos in the Irish Times wrote it is “rich and compelling. It confirms Rachel Cusk’s status as one of the most interesting contemporary writers – avant-garde, highly original, challenging but entirely accessible.”

ALASTAIR LAURENCE, who is curating this series of talks at the Chapel, is a freelance documentary film maker who lives near Abergavenny.

Chapel bookshop and bar will be open all evening.

Tickets £10 available at The Art Shop and at the Chapel. Booking Essential.

Arguably the most powerful of bands which feature the old-time Appalachian style, these masters of their trade have been described as three of the most accomplished musicians playing on this planet, and that is not overstating the case.

John Showman might be recognised by most Americana fans as the main vocalist with super-talented alt-country band, New Country Rehab, Chris Coole is a well-established singer-songwriter with a considerable pedigree and bassman Max Heineman has earned himself the kind of plaudits normally reserved for those who are much longer in the tooth.

Making a rare visit to these shores as one of the main headline acts at Glasgow’s big Celtic Connections festival, you’ll feel the energy of three passionate musicians playing the bejesus out of those instruments and loving every minute. In their native Canada, they are recognised as the best, and the band triumphed at 2018’s MerleFest where the discerning audience knows ‘stand-out’ from more-of-the-same.

“A rip roaring hoedown and a rawness fans love” – Maverick magazine

“Three of the most accomplished old-time musicians on the planet” – WAMU, Washington DC

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Tickets £12 available at The Art Shop and at the Chapel. Booking Essential. Online booking fee £1

Martin Rowson is a multi-award winning cartoonist, illustrator, writer and poet whose work over the past 35 years has appeared regularly in The Guardian, The Daily Mirror, The Times, The Spectator, The Morning Star, The New Statesman, The Scotsman, The Irish Times, The Erotic Review, The Racing Post, The New European and practically every other publication you can think of, apart from The Sun, who’ve never asked him.

Martin’s many books include comic book adaptations of The Waste Land, Tristram Shandy, Gulliver’s Travels and the Communist Manifesto and “Pastrami-Faced Racist”, his recently published slim volume of ranting verse!  In 2017 a Daily Mail editorial about one of his Guardian cartoons described him as “disgusting… deranged… sick… and offensive.”

In addition to being chair of the British Cartoonists’ Association, Rowson is also a trustee of the Cartoon Museum, a former trustee of the British Humanist Association and the People’s Trust for Endangered Species and has served three terms as a vice-president of the Zoological Society of London.  He lives in south-east London with his wife. Their children, now grown up, drop by when they’re passing.

ALASTAIR LAURENCE, who is curating this series of talks at the Chapel, is a freelance documentary film maker who lives near Abergavenny.

Chapel bookshop and bar will be open all evening

Tickets £10 available at The Art Shop and at the Chapel. Booking Essential.

with LADY MAISERY, JIMMY ALDRIDGE & SID GOLDSMITH

In an un-missable collaboration, five of the English folk scene’s most inventive artists bring you AWAKE ARISE – A CHRISTMAS SHOW FOR OUR TIMES; celebrating the riches of our varied winter traditions and reflecting upon the hope and resilience in music and song that can bring joy to us all in the darkest season.

Award winning trio Lady Maisery (Hannah James, Rowan Rheingans and Hazel Askew) have for nearly a decade produced “some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene” (The Guardian).

The beguiling musical partnership of Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith complete the powerful line-up, bringing the outstanding vocals, sensitive instrumentation and powerful social conscience that has won them widespread critical acclaim. “Rousing stuff” (The Observer).

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CLAIRE HEANEY – FLUTE, SIMONE PIRRI – VIOLIN, RACHEL WILSON-DICKSON – VIOLIN, TIM CRONIN – VIOLA, CLAUDINE CASSIDY – CELLO, JOHN CHEER – HARPSICHORD

Early music ensemble Ystradivarius return to the Chapel to present their new programme with a hint of Christmas. including Bach’s spectacular and ever popular Fifth Brandeburg Concerto, the B minor Suite for flute and strings (including the famous Badinerie) and some fascinating and rarely performed music by Telemann.

Ystradivarius are a group of five professional young musicians who specialise in early music and perform on period instruments – Baroque flute, violin, viola, cello and organ continuo. They have studied at colleges such as Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music and Drama.

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WILLIAM FOTHERINGHAM HAS BEEN WRITING ABOUT CYCLING SINCE HE LEFT UNIVERSITY IN 1988.  HE HAS REPORTED FOR CYCLING WEEKLY, CYCLE SPORT AND FOR THE GUARDIAN FOR WHICH HE IS NOW THEIR HIGHLY RESPECTED AND EAGERLY READ CYCLING CORRESPONDENT.

His first full-length book, Put Me Back on My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson sold getting on for 100,000 copies.  It has been called as a “modern classic of cycling literature.”  William’s Half-Man, Half-Bike, a biography of Belgian Eddy Merckx, was No1 in the Sunday Times best-seller lists.  One reviewer called it “a fascinating, often bleak portrait of a remarkable athlete and an unnerving man.”  His latest is Sunday in Hell: Behind the Lens of the Greatest Cycling Film of All Time

‘I began writing about bike racing on leaving university in 1988 and was covering the Tour de France within two years, one of maybe half a dozen British journalists on the race. I spent much of the 1990s writing for Cycling Weekly and Cycle Sport, combining that with work for the Guardian, who talked me into covering the Tour for them in 1994. In 1999 Jeremy Whittle and I launched Procycling as a joint web and print venture; it’s been curiously satisfying to watch it go from strength to strength in the last few years. Next up came a spell working at the sports desk in the Guardian in which I began covering rugby as well as cycling, reporting on the World Cup in 2003′

OTHER REVIEWERS HAVE SAID…

“just as the film has stood the test of time, considered a true cinematic masterpiece and revealing new features on each subsequent viewing even after forty years, the book is likely to follow suit.” The WashingMachine Post blog on Sunday in Hell.

‘The quality of the testimony and the sources used by Fotheringham are of a remarkable breadth and depth. An excellent book.’  BBC Sport on Fallen Angel: the Passion of Fausto Coppi

‘Ingenious… you emerge from the book feeling rather proud of all these misfits and outsiders. Fotheringham’s fondness for them is infectious.’  The Telegraph on Roule Britannia: Great Britain and the Tour de France

ALASTAIR LAURENCE, who is curating this series of talks at the Chapel, is a freelance documentary film maker who lives near Abergavenny. In recent years Alastair has made films about The Battle of the Somme, a history of British Photography and the poets John Betjeman, Philip Larkin and TS Eliot. In November, a project about the friendship of Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, is appearing on BBC 2.

Chapel bookshop and bar will be open all evening

Tickets £10 available at The Art Shop and at the Chapel. Booking Essential.

HAND EMBROIDERY ONE-DAY COURSE

Embroider a custom map of a place that is special to you with award winning textile artist Ekta Kaul. Working with a map of your choice, you will learn to develop a drawing of the map, transfer your drawing on to fabric, use a variety of embroidery stitches & leave with a beautiful piece of art that you can frame. The small group size means you will get lots of one-on-one help and top tips. Some fabrics and threads will be included. Please bring your own threads, special fabrics to add a personal touch to your map.

Ekta creates bespoke Story Maps based on personal narratives and a small number of wearables. Her textiles are imbued with character, they speak of exceptional hand craftsmanship, careful attention to detail and a sensitive use of materials & colours.

Following her training in Fashion at India’s premier design school, the National Institute of Design (NID, Ahmedabad), Ekta won the Charles Wallace and British Council scholarships to pursue MA Textiles in the UK & developed a unique creative voice assimilating influences from both countries. Her work is stocked at select stores & galleries in the UK including Contemporary Applied Arts, Designers Guild, Ruthin Craft Centre among others. She has received awards from the Crafts Council and the Arts Council, England & was nominated for the Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2010.

£85 includes lunch, all refreshments throughout the day and majority of materials. Booking Essential as places are limited.

TIM DEE ON NATURE WRITING AND HIS LATEST BOOK ‘LANDFILL’

Tim Dee is a writer and a radio producer.  He writes non-scientific books about birds and places, including a memoir about his birdwatching life, The Running Sky, a book about and called Four Fields, and Landfill, a study of men watching gulls on rubbish dumps and in other desolate spots.  He also edited Ground Work a collection on new writing on places, and co-edited (with Simon Armitage) the anthology, The Poetry of Birds.  His next book is about walking the spring north through Europe. He was a BBC radio producer for 28 years making arts documentaries, poetry programmes, history features and radio drama for Radio 3 and 4.

Of The Running Sky’ –  “Thrillingly original…..as unexpected as it is brilliant.

Of Four Fields – he travelled from the Fens to Zambia, from Montana to Chernobyl – “A project as expansive and as mesmerising as a fenland sky.”

ALASTAIR LAURENCE, who is curating this series of talks at the Chapel, is a freelance documentary film maker who lives near Abergavenny. In recent years Alastair has made films about The Battle of the Somme, a history of British Photography and the poets John Betjeman, Philip Larkin and TS Eliot. In November, a project about the friendship of Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, is appearing on BBC 2.

Chapel bookshop and bar will be open all evening

 

Tickets £10 available at The Art Shop and at the Chapel. Booking Essential.

Two Workshops 4-5.30pm / 7.30-9pm

REST & RENEWAL

It’s the time of SAMHAIN – A Celtic Fire Festival. The End and The Beginning of the Celtic New Year

 Let go of that which doesn’t serve you, so that you can rest uncluttered. Enjoy the peace and the darkness as you dream new dreams and see new potential. Rebalance your energy and invest in your wellbeing.

These sound bath meditations, which are brimming with healing sound waves and resonance, can create powerful shifts that bring positive change.

Chrys Blanchard has lead workshops, composed music and lead choirs for 42 years. She creates and directs a number of projects for education, theatre and community as well as running a sound-healing workshop in Abergavenny’s Nevill Hall Hospital for the last 7 years.

Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat, blanket and water.

£12. Booking Essential as places are limited

Radio Amore is a live mixtape of British and Italian music from baroque to the present day.

Inspired by late-night radio broadcasting, the music is a seamless musical journey performed by Italian oboist Michele Batani, alongside British musicians the Mavron String Quartet and bassist Ashley-John Long. Part of Sound Affairs’ 30th anniversary celebrations, featured composers include Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Purcell, Handel, Michael Nyman, Steve Martland and Charlie Barber.

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Tickets £12 available at The Art Shop and at the Chapel. Booking Essential.

OPEN ALL FESTIVAL WEEKEND

After the success of last year’s event at the Chapel, we are hosting another Ceramic Makers’ Market in celebration of the Abergavenny Food Festival with a few more names added to the mix. A rare opportunity to meet the makers. Hand-crafted tableware by ceramic artists on sale, under an exhibition of outlandish hanging sculptures and silk banners from past Food Festivals, designed by Bettina Reeves.

The makers… Justine Allison, Dylan Bowen, Jane Bowen, James Burnett Stuart, Chloe Charrington, Jennifer Hall, James & Tilla Waters and Clementina van der Walt.

Music and food all day downstairs in the Chapel, kitchen and garden.

This is a free event

Eat Your Words is a celebration of eating together and the culture and history of classic cookbooks. Enjoy dishes brought to life by chefs from the very pages you are discussing, hosted by the Chapel as part of the Abergavenny Food Festival. Join Rosie Sykes and Kevin McFadden as they cook dishes from Alistair Little’s classic cookbook ‘Keep It Simple‘. Whilst you eat, Ishita Wilkins talks you through the inspiration and intricacies behind the food of the award-winning book.

Alistair Little is known as the Godfather of modern British cooking and his Soho restaurant became known for the vividness of his radically simple dishes.  An early advocate of ethical food, Little placed importance on the supply chain of ingredients and let the flavors do the talking.  Keep It Simple was published in 1994 and won a Glenfiddich Award the same year.

Arrive for apertifs at 7pm, discussion and supper begin at 7.30pm

Booking essential £40 at the Chapel

The largest drawing project in Wales is taking place this summer and you can be a part of it. 

It doesn’t matter if you think you can’t draw or even if you’ve never drawn before. We want everyone in Wales to take part. Artists all over Wales are leading workshops and events to help you draw and Allie Neal, ex head of Fine Art at the Hereford College of Arts, will be offering a range of workshops and events in South East Wales to give you the confidence to make your mark.

This project is not about being an artist. It’s about seeing what’s in front of us and recording the moment. We want you to take time out of your routine to have a good look at what surrounds you and celebrate everyday life, the heart of the Welsh community, in a drawing. Draw what you see, whether it’s the beautiful Welsh landscape or the washing up. Your drawings will combine with everyone else’s in an exhibition at the National Museum in Cardiff in October to describe Wales today. They’ll also be online together with all the other drawings created over the whole of Wales.

One of the first workshops in South East Wales will take place downstairs at the Chapel, Abergavenny. Allie will be there all morning, with drawing books and pencils, encouraging you to draw what you see in front of you, whether it’s your cup of coffee or someone sitting across the room. It may even be warm enough to draw outside in the Chapel Garden.

Come along and make your mark.

If you’re a member of an organization or group and would like to take part in a workshop or drawing session then please get in touch with Allie Neal at Even if you’re not sure which end of the pencil to use, she can help you to make your mark on Wales.

This is a free event

LEGENDARY AWARD WINNING FIVE PIECE STRING BAND – WHIZ-BANG ROOTS MUSIC FROM VIRGINIA

Firmly established as one of the most popular touring acts, this will be The Hot Seats tenth anniversary visit to the UK.

They have blown the crowds away at festivals such as Edinburgh Fringe where they won a coveted Herald Angel award – the highest accolade to be handed out – following a successful run at the famous Spiegletent. They wowed the crowds at Shetland and Orkney Folk Festivals and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections too. The band’s fiery brand of blistering Appalachian old-time mixed with left of centre bluegrass and a sprinkling of their own compositions – and a healthy dash of sharp wit – has won them fans around the world.

On previous visits, reviewers have showered them with praise.

“They’re brilliant,” said Maverick magazine, while The Herald (Scotland) described the show as “sensational,” and RnR magazine said simply: “Astounding!”

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Tickets £12 available at The Art Shop and at the Chapel. Booking Essential. Online booking fee £1

Recognised as one of the hottest bands playing out of one of America’s steamiest States, the California Feetwarmers return to Europe for appearances at a string of summer festivals.

This follows a super-successful run at big outdoor events in 2017 when they wowed the crowds in Switzerland, Italy, Scotland and Ireland. Previously they raised the roof before an ecstatic crowd at the 1000-capacity Old Fruitmarket during Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival. Since then, the seven-piece has continued to impress on both sides of the Atlantic and gathered praise from some of the biggest names in the biz. When they headlined at Herb Alpert’s nightclub in Beverly Hills, where Hollywood’s A-list go to have themselves some fun, Sir Tom Jones enjoyed the show so much he declared himself a fan, told them to head for London and said: “Just tell them Tom Jones sent you!”

He wasn’t the first big name to fall under their spell…this is the band that Keb’ Mo’ sought out to provide an air of authenticity when he recorded his BluesAmericana album. The collaboration won them a Grammy-nomination. When Keb’ Mo’ grabbed them to provide the right feel for the track that won them so much attention, he did so as he wanted it to be “a joyous thing – a party,” he told The Wall Street Journal.

…Now couldn’t we all do with a bit of that in our lives right now!

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Tickets £15 available at The Art Shop and at the Chapel. Booking Essential. Online booking fee £1

TEYR and THE TWISTED TWENTY join forces for a spellbinding double bill full of tales, melodies and musical journeys. Multi-instrumental folk trio Teyr and baroque-folk ensemble The Twisted Twenty offer two radically different perspectives on British folk music, exploring new and old ley lines through traditional musics. Here the two acclaimed bands collaborate to bring you the Gales and Tall Tales Tour 2018.

A young and vibrant septet from all over the world, The Twisted Twenty play period baroque instruments in their own joyous twists on traditional British folk songs. Melodious and exuberant – we dare you not to dance!

‘At times almost semi-orchestral, at others as intimate and spontaneous as a folk session.’ Andy McMillan, Bright Young Folk Review
‘Enthusiastic and properly exhilarating’  David Kidman, The Living Tradition

Teyr are a folk trio whose charismatic tapestry of voice with fiddle, uilleann pipes, guitar, low whistle and accordion has been hailed as ‘high-energy brilliance’ and ‘one of the greatest bands that has come out of the English scene in recent times.’

‘A perfect blend of trad and modern jigs, reels and airs. The apparent boundless energy, imagination and instrumental expertise is all their own… Teyr are doing things their own way’ Neil McFadyen, Folk Radio UK 
‘Dominic Henderson, on pipes and whistles, has instantly become one of my favourite musicians, clearing the head quicker than a deep breath in a peppermint factory.’
 Oz Hardwick, RnR magazine

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Tickets £12 available at The Art Shop and at the Chapel. Booking Essential. Online booking fee £1

ABERGAVENNY CHAMBER MUSIC & UNICORN SINGERS

In this creative collaboration borne from the Welsh borders, composer Stephen Marshall brings to life Jeff Rees’ epic poem ‘The Devil’s Pool’. International mezzo soprano Catherine King will be joined by the Unicorn singers. For the second half of the evening, soloist tenor Paul Badley sings Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin in a dramatic rendition of one of his best loved works.

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Tickets £12 available at The Art Shop and at the Chapel. Booking Essential. Online booking fee £1

DRAWING WORKSHOP

A rare opportunity to stretch your experimental practice with Royal Academy Schools trained artist Kumar Saraff. A theatrical setup in the centre of the upstairs of the Chapel allows you to experiment with tone and light, through an ever-changing composition. One not to be missed!
Kumar is known for his paintings exploring the transient moments of life.  Form often breaks down and pose questions to the viewer in his beautiful works. He had a solo exhibition at The Art Shop earlier this year.

Kumar Saraff studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University, going onto study painting at the Royal Academy Schools. Here he won several awards and prizes, including the David Murray travel scholarship for landscape painting and a silver medal for excellence in painting. After graduation Kumar worked within the Art and Design department of a large west London further education college before relocating to Mid-Wales to paint full time in 2002.

£35 Booking Essential

Please join us for an evening private view at The Art Shop

HEDGEROWS & GARDENS – a mixed summer show

paintings . drawings . ceramics

A garden can be many things. Rising stars Lily Irwin, Agnes Treherne and Maude Smith join Andrea McLean, Cornelia O’Donovan, Jane Bennett, George Rowlett and ceramic makers Helen Beard, Caitlin Jenkins and Barry Stedman exploring the joys and hidden secrets of gardens and hedgerows in this magical show.

Exhibition continues until 18 August 2018. Opening times Tues-Sat 9.15am-5pm

This is a free event

International flute soloist Wissam Boustany is proud to accompany young violinist Lourdina Baboun and concert pianist Iyad Sughayer in a programme featuring an exciting combination of Classical Western and MiddleEastern Music.

Wissam Boustany, international flute soloist, is the Trustee of Palmusic and founder and conductor of Pro Youth Philharmonia. Lourdina Baboun, a violinist from Bethlehem is studying at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Iyad Sughayer, a young concert pianist, is the recipient of the Trinity Laban Gold Medal award 2018.

Programme includes pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Frederic Chopin as well as Jordanian-Palestinian contemporary composer Tarek Younis.

PRE-CONCERT SUPPER AVAILABLE WITH PALESTINIAN INFLUENCED MENU. BOOKING ESSENTIAL 01873 852690.

Tickets £12 available at The Art Shop and at the Chapel. Booking Essential. Online booking fee £1

Come and celebrate the publication of…

‘To Provide all People. A Poem in the Voice of the NHS’ by Owen Sheers

Written by highly acclaimed poet Owen Sheers, To Provide All People charts the emotional and philosophical map of what defines the NHS and the personal experiences that lie at the heart of the service; from patients to surgeons, porters to midwives. Made by director Pip Broughton, To Provide All People tells the story of a single day in the NHS, from dusk to dawn, with a single hospital at its heart.

Hear Owen in conversation with the director of the accompanying BBC film Pip Broughton, chaired by Professor Sir Mansel Aylward. The book will be available to purchase at a special pre-publication price, long before it is available in shops, and signed by Owen.

Filmed in Abergavenny at Nevill Hall Hospital and the upstairs of the Chapel, the programme will be broadcast in Wales and across the UK this summer. The stellar cast includes: Michael Sheen, Eve Myles, Sian Phillips, Jonathan Pryce, Aimee Ffion Edwards, George Mackay, Martin Freeman, Meera Syal, Celia Imrie, Tamsin Grieg, Rashan Stone Michelle Fairley, Suzanne Packer, and Michelle Collins.

Chapel café, bar and bookshop will be open all evening.

Tickets £10 available at The Art Shop and at the Chapel. Booking Essential. Online booking fee £1

AN EXPLORATION INTO THE NATURE OF CREATIVITY 

3 DAY LIFE-DRAWING COURSE with MERIEL GOLD

Meriel Gold trained at the Slade and was taught by Oskar Kokoschka and Cecil Collins. Collins’s life drawing classes at the Central School of Art in the 70’s and 80’s were legendry, and Oskar Kokoschka’s School of Seeing set up by him in 1953 in Salzburg Academy of Fine Arts, taught students through the creative process …‘my school does not strive towards technical skills, nor towards photographic imitations of nature and not at all towards abstract art… I want to teach my students the art of vision…’

Meriel’s innate sense of both artists’ teachings is very evident. Seeing past what the mind thinks it knows based on learnt patterns of conditioning, including the desire for results and fear of not getting them, allows for a relaxation back into the creative and intuitive essence of our self, which is just plain being at home as oneself. Using hands, fingers and natural instruments like reeds, quills, brushes, charcoal, chalk, water, music and life models, we touch out on our paper that which touches us in the human form. In truth we touch ‘Being-ness’, which is our true nature.

£200 Booking Essential. All materials provided. Includes lunch & refreshments throughout the day.

Join us in celebration of three years of the Chapel with a fabulous anniversary supper put together by Rosie Sykes and our chefs. A three course menu will be topped off with fizz and a very special birthday cake. There is lots to celebrate! Thank you to each of you who join us in making the Chapel a special place.

£50. Booking essential, let us know of any dietary requirements 01873 736430

Bogeyman – The Man of Myth

Please join us for the opening of this wonderful show

PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS & RELIEF PRINTS

On the tenth anniversary of the death of William Brown, The Art Shop & Chapel present a celebration of his legacy. Impregnated by myth – be it Ancient Rome or the idioms of his adopted Wales, his paintings wove the politics of his time and his own travels into the architecture of well-worn rollicking tales. Carnivalesque, eye-wateringly bright and packing a punch, the poet Lucien Suel commented, ‘even his black and white is full of colour.’ Brown was indefatigable, a bear of a man himself, producing a giant oeuvre of paintings, prints and drawings. In repeated images of polar bears, Trojan horses, the Welsh mare Mari Lwyd, man is transformed into beast, alive in his landscape of riotous colour and pattern.

This is a free event

Fiddle-singers and multi-instrumentalists, Rowan and Anna Rheingans launch their hotly anticipated third album Bright Field this spring. This is bold, playful, innovative folk music – wholly contemporary while drawing from the well of musical knowledge passed down through generations.

Growing up in the Peak District surrounded by traditional music, the sisters picked up music from an early age and have since become aficionados in folk and fiddle music from both northern and southern European traditions. Winners of the Radio 2 Folk Award for ‘Best Original Track’ in 2016 and ‘Horizon’ Award Nominees, they have released two albums, both to great critical acclaim. The Independent called their second album, Already Home ‘superb’ whilst Folk Radio UK called it ‘not only a beautiful and exceptional record, but an important one.’ Some of you may remember Rowan playing last year at the Chapel as part of hugely popular BBC Folk Award nominated trio Lady Maisery.

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Tickets £12 available at The Art Shop and the Chapel. Booking Essential

Join London based designer, maker and shop-owner Jessie Chorley for one of two special spring workshops to explore Jessie’s unique hand-embroidery and appliqué style as she helps you to create your own stories with stitch. Jessie will show you how she uses her needle and threads as drawing tools to illustrate with and also to incorporate and secure found items of interest. Collecting items to incorporate in her work is a large part of both Jessie’s practice and her inspiration.

This workshop will start with Jessie showing and helping you to create a hand-stitched fabric book. You will then go on to use a mixture of fabric paints, hand-embroidery and appliqué to create scenes and your own story. You will be provided with a base fabric at the start of this workshop to create your books from, plus fabric scraps and threads to help you weave your own original story.

Jessie Chorley is an independent designer, maker, collector, tutor, author and shop-owner specializing in embroidery, collage and appliqué. At the heart of her work is hand-stitching and traditional embroidery techniques which she combines with her passion for collecting. Jessie mainly works with paper and fabric, all of which are ‘found’ and pre-used – this being her passion, her inspiration and always her starting point.

“My needle and thread act as my drawing tool, I use favourite and usually found threads to illustrate chosen imagery and words directly onto and into my chosen fabrics, books, papers and found items.”

 

£85 includes lunch, all refreshments throughout the day and majority of materials. Booking Essential as places are limited.

Back by popular demand! American roots music at its best…

Americana group from Olympia/Minneapolis, The Lowest Pair, feature double banjo duo Kendl Winter and Palmer T.  They have gained a reputation as one of the most original old-time influenced duos working the circuit. The pair first combined in 2013 and quickly established a big Stateside following.

After the release of two albums in 2016, AmericanaUK called them “a true joy,” while Acoustic Magazine said they were “incredibly atmospheric.”  Lonesome Highway (Ireland) described the pair as “a musical marriage made in heaven.”  “Music for sunshine and mint juleps”Folk Radio UK

Kendl Winter, born in Arkansas, put three solo records out and performed in nationally-touring northwest string bands before forming The Lowest Pair with Palmer T. Lee. Palmer built his first banjo when he was 19 from pieces he serendipitously inherited. He began cutting his teeth fronting Minneapolis string bands and touring the midwest festival circuit, which is where he and Kendl first met, on the banks of the Mississippi. In 2015, while touring in support of their second, critically-acclaimed album, The Sacred Heart Sessions, they continued to write and found themselves with more new songs than they needed for their planned follow-up, deciding ambitiously that two collections should be released together.

Those records, Fern Girl and Ice Man, and Uncertain As It Is Uneven, could be viewed as windows into their growing and changing world. The latter stays the course of their previous releases, being focused on stripped down, intimate arrangements to support their timeless song-writing and haunting vocals. Fern Girl is a more moody and adventurous exploration of new sounds, new studio production directions, and what it might sound like to be supported by a full band, while keeping one foot planted in the rootsy aesthetics which drew them together.

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Tickets £12 available at The Art Shop and the Chapel. Booking Essential

A YOUNG MUSICIAN SHOWCASE

Rising stars to watch – Enjoy the prodigious talent of these students from Monmouth Girls School as they perform a selection of classical piano pieces, from Mozart to Scarlatti.

 

Vivian Zhang – Mozart Sonata in C major K279: Allegro

Olive Wong – Beethoven Sonata in C minor Op 13 ‘Pathétique’: Rondo

Marie Choy – Scarlatti Sonata in E major K162: Andante: Allegro, Debussy Gradus ad Parnassum (from “Children’s Corner”)

Jocelyn Lo – Mozart Sonata in A minor K310: Allegro maestoso – Andante cantabile – Presto, Scarlatti Sonata in D minor K141.

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Tickets £8 available at The Art Shop and the Chapel. Booking Essential

Rachmaninoff’s Trio Elégiaque No 1; Dvořák’s Trio No 4 ‘Dumky’; Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op 97 ‘Archduke’

The Fradley Piano Trio was founded by pianist George Fradley and cellist Katja Cross in 2013 and they are excited to announce their new violinist Samuel Hau. They have performed at concerts and festivals in London as well as across Wales. As well as formal performance, the Trio enjoy participating in outreach work including, running masterclasses for students.

George Fradley began playing the piano aged six. He currently studies at the Royal Academy of Music, having previously studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In 2016, he was a prize winner of the Eric Hodges Beethoven prize and the Beethoven Intercollegiate Competition.

Katja Cross graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in July 2017, Katja was awarded the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society ‘Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation Grant’, which enabled her to purchase a 1750’s Old English, James Preston cello. Katja also works for luthier Christopher King at Cardiff Violins and is the cello specialist advising beginners, amateurs and professionals on the set ups of their instruments.

Samuel Hau was awarded a scholarship to study with Marius Bedeschi at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Samuel is currently studying at the Royal College of Music with Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky and is an RCM Award Holder.

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Tickets £12, free admission for students under 23. Tickets available at The Art Shop and the Chapel. Booking Essential

Come to the Chapel to experience rural Ukraine, its culture and traditions through a talk by Nataliya Cummings, illustrated by photos from bespoke small group tours that she organises to Carpathian Mountains. There are still spaces left on Lviv City Tour in May and the Cultural Carpathian Experience in July this year. She also brings unique hand-woven textiles from this unknown part the Eastern Europe that we have currently on sale downstairs in the Chapel. Have a taste of Ukrainian handpicked herbal tea and finish the morning with wonderful Ukrainian borscht that can be ordered from the cafe, lovingly prepared by our chef using an authentic family recipe from Nataliya.

More information about tours could be found here www.experienceukraine.co.uk

This is a free event

SARA TRICKEY (violin) & DANIEL TONG (piano)

Schubert’s Sonatina; Adonis by David Matthews (written for Sara Trickey); R Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending; Beethoven Violin Sonata No 5 ‘Spring

Sara Trickey is a solo violinist and chamber musician. After reading classics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, she has played with acclaimed orchestras, trios and quartets, coming second in the Cremona International Quartet competition and winning the Royal Overseas League competition. The Evening Standard lauded her latest CD, a Schubert recital with Daniel Tong a ‘melting lyricism tinged with melancholy… Irresistible!’ Reviewing the same CD, the BBC Music Magazine wrote ‘Perhaps the first thing that strikes one of the hearing of this release is the quality of the pianism. Not its dazzling virtuosity…. but the sheer full-blooded refinement of the playing.’ 

A Cornish solo pianist and chamber musician who has performed in leading British venues and festivals as well as around Europe, Daniel Tong can often be heard on BBC Radio and has curated both an Elgar and Dvorak festival at King’s Place, London. He founded ‘Music Discovery Live’ and London Bridge Ensemble and collaborates with some of the UK’s most exciting musicians.

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Tickets £12, free admission for students under 23. Tickets available at The Art Shop and the Chapel. Booking Essential

Based in Brooklyn, New York, twin brothers Adam and David Moss perform in the great traditions of family folk and bluegrass. David plays the cello and guitar whilst Adam is on the fiddle and their captivating and beautiful harmonies uplift their original creative arrangements.

Those with fingers on the pulse of what’s happening Stateside are already aware of the reputation developed by The Brother Brothers from stunning live performances that have had the grapevine buzzing. It’s rare for so many other well established acts to be collectively singing the praises of their contemporaries but that’s what has been happening in the USA with Lake Street Dive, Sarah Jarosz and Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys all declaring themselves to be big fans.

At last the UK will get a chance to experience what it is that has been winning them so much valuable attention. There’s a new album on the way after their debut EP created such an impact. Sarah Jarosz said they were a joy to behold;’ Folkwords declared: put these two together and magic happens’. Songwriting magazine described their music as bewitching’, while Rock n Reel magazine said the record was an ‘exquisite’ collection, and writing at AmericanaUK, Peter Churchill said they had ‘the tightest harmonies you are likely to hear this year’.

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Tickets £12 available at The Art Shop and the Chapel. Booking Essential

NICHOLAS BUCKNALL (clarinet), FRANCIS BUCKNALL (cello) & DAVID ELWIN (piano)

Beethoven’s Trio Op 11; Mansel Thomas’ Six Pieces for Cello & Piano; Brahms’ Trio Op 114

Nicholas Bucknall is a solo clarinettist whose performances have been heard on the Oscar winning film scores to ‘Emma’ and ‘The English Patient’, ‘Pride & Prejudice’ and ‘Gosford Park’, among others. Rachel Portman, the composer of Emma, said of him ‘I have never heard another player come close to producing such a uniquely beautiful tone.’  Bucknall was educated at St, Paul’s Cathedral Choir School, London and studied with Alan Hacker at the Royal Academy of Music. He has worked with many orchestras and ensembles and started recording soundtracks with David Attenborough’s BBC series ‘Life on Earth’.

Francis Bucknall grew up in Monmouth and after two years of a Mechanical Engineering course, changed direction to study the cello at Trinity College of Music, London. He went on to study with Megan Mansel Thomas, William Pleeth and Alexander Baillie before becoming the third cellist in the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1989, where he continues to play today.

David Elwin is a piano soloist who studied at the Royal Academy of Music under Jean Harvey and Max Pirani. He has worked With the Royal Ballet and the English National Ballet as well as with distinguished singers, musicians and choirs all over the UK.

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Tickets £12, free admission for students under 23. Tickets available at The Art Shop and the Chapel. Booking Essential

In conjunction with the Abergavenny Christmas Fair’s markets, activities and workshops, the Chapel Kitchen is open for the whole Sunday, serving breakfast, brunch and lunch with biodynamic wines and locally brewed craft beers.

The Nidus children’s choir will put on a performance of ‘The Mummer’s Play upstairs at the Chapel at midday. Folk dramas performed since medieval times and passed down by word of mouth, the Mummers plays are usually highly entertaining.

The Art Shop & Chapel, both venues, are open all day for Christmas shopping – ceramics, jewellery, textiles, paintings, books, children’s gifts, art materials, cards, wrapping and much more…

Free event

 

ALAW combines the craftsmanship of three leading musicians who bring a wealth of experience to a shared passion – the traditional music of Wales. Whether unearthing rare gems or reimagining a well loved melody they treat their music with a deftness and sensitivity that is thoroughly absorbing. Combined with powerful song writing and original tunes, this makes for a musical experience that will stay with the listener long after the concert has ended.

This special concert at the Chapel celebrates the launch of ALAW’s new album ‘Dead Man’s Dance’ and they will be joined by guest singer Gwilym Bowen Rhys.

Oli Wilson-DicksonJamie Smith and Dylan Fowler have a long history of working together, sharing projects such as The Devil’s Violin, Szapora and The Ian McMillan Orchestra. Oli and Jamie are well known throughout the folk world as the frontline of Jamie Smith’s Mabon. From stirring song to driving jigs – they communicate their music with relaxed humour and a genuine affection that is truly infectious.

‘Quietly reflective gems’ The Sunday Times

‘the playing fairly sparkles… and embodies a miraculous degree of sensitivity in its sheer deftness’ NetRhthms

‘One heck of a rollicking blast of foot-stomping Celtic glory!’ Acoustic Magazine

‘Punchy, rhythmic and eminently danceable, Alaw’s jigs and reels have a vitality which is rare indeed.’ Living Tradition

‘exquisite’ fRoots

‘Alluring and Haunting’ Songlines

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Tickets adult £14, concessions £10 (child / student / oap)

At the end of their performance of the Shostakovich quartet last season, the Mavron Quartet was met by a long moment of silence, before the Chapel was filled with tumultuous applause. There can have been no finer demonstration of the ability of these skilled and creative performers to draw the deepest sounds and response from four instruments.

This season Mavron return to Russia with Tchaikovsky’s first quartet premiered in Moscow in 1871, of which the second movement was said by the composer to have caused Tolstoy to weep with emotion. Mozart originally wrote the quartet K80 in three movements in 1770, the fourth being added possibly in 1773. Maurice Ravel composed the four movements of his only quartet in 1903.

Whilst now world famous, the Mavron Quartet remains proudly Welsh!

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Meet young Jerron Paxton, born in 1989, an American musician from Los Angeles, a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. He draws from blues and jazz music before World War II – influenced by Fats Waller and ‘Blind’ Lemon Jefferson. The virtuoso is a joyous entertainer, humorous with a smooth vernacular, dazzling wit, a terrific storyteller, exuding an affable excitement. He hails from an African American Jewish family with mixed Creole/Choctaw Indian ancestry, transplanted Louisiana sharecroppers who moved to South Central Los Angeles, but Jerron now lives in Queens. In other words, he is a true American.

Will Friedwald writes in the Wall Street Journal ‘Paxton is virtually the only music-maker of his generation – playing guitar, banjo, piano and violin, among other implements – to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and ’30s, the blues of Bessie Smith and Lonnie Johnson’

He is the whole package – witty, fast rhyming, poetic, fun, exciting, wonderfully skilled as a musician and a fine singer. Clearly destined for greatness, he is very young and his career will ascend like a rocket. Phil Wiggins, harmonica ace, referred to Jerron as ‘a musical genius’.

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JEANETTE MASSOCCHI (piano) & CATHERINE KING (mezzo)

Berlioz Les Nuits d’été, Op. 7, Schumann Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42

The first lieder recital following the arrival of a magnificent 1919 Bechstein grand piano at the Chapel.

Catherine King’s spectrum of performance spans Rameau to Tippett via Elgar, whilst Jeanette Massocchi is so well known and universally respected as a pianist and teacher that she probably needs no further introduction to an Abergavenny audience.

Hector Berlioz is memorable for the great passionate Romantic scale of his symphonies, his operas and his personal life. Indeed, his friend Théophile Gautier said ‘he had unexpected effects in sound and tumultuous Shakespearian depths of passion’. However, opening the concert with ‘Les Nuits d’Eté’, his settings of six poems from Gautier’s ‘La Comédie de la Mort’, will show another side of Berlioz.

During Robert Schumann’s turbulent wooing of Clara Wieck, he wrote settings of Adelbert von Chamisso’s poems ‘A Woman’s Life and Loves’.

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3 DAY LIFE-DRAWING COURSE with Meriel Gold

Meriel Gold trained at the Slade and was taught by Oskar Kokoschka and Cecil Collins.
Cecil Collins’s life drawing classes at the Central School of Art in the 70’s and 80’s were legendry, and Oskar Kokoschka’s School of Seeing set up by him in 1953 in Salzburg Academy of Fine Arts, taught students through the creative process – ‘my school does not strive towards technical skills, nor towards photographic imitations of nature and not at all towards abstract art… I want to teach my students the art of vision…’

Meriel’s innate sense of both artists’ teachings is very evident. Seeing past what the mind thinks it knows based on learnt patterns of conditioning, including the desire for results and fear of not getting them, allows for a relaxation back into the creative and intuitive essence of our self, which is just plain being at home as oneself. Using hands, fingers and natural instruments like reeds, quills, brushes, charcoal, chalk, water, music and life models, we touch out on our paper that which touches us in the human form. In truth we touch ‘Being-ness’, which is our true nature.

£85 per day - £255. Booking Essential. All materials provided. Includes lunch & refreshments throughout the day

Martin Outram (viola), Katherine Thomas (harp) and Sarah Newbold (flute) are well known soloists, but also play chamber music together.

Opening their concert, “Magic Flute, A Mozartian Diversion” uses themes from Mozart’s Zauberflöte. Arnold Bax and Claude Debussy composed their trios during the dark days of World War 1, Debussy in 1915 and Bax his Elegiac Trio in 1916, but there is no evidence that either knew of the other’s work at the time.

Welsh composer William Mathias had in common with Mozart his very early ability to compose music, Mathias beginning at the age of five although he was in his mid fifties when he wrote the Zodiac Trio in 1976.

Katherine Thomas is a harpist who has performed with artists varying from Bryn Terfel and Rolando Villazon to Katherine Jenkins and the Manic Street Preachers. She has toured extensively as a soloist and with orchestras, including the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera (WNO) with whom she is Associate Principal Harp. A graduate of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she studied the harp with David Watkins, Katherine plays the traditional celtic and triple harps as well as the pedal harp.

Sarah Newbold is a member of the Academy of St. Martin in-the-Fields and the New London Orchestra, and formerly of both Welsh National Opera and the London Philharmonic.As a freelance player she works with many orchestras in Great Britain, regularly with the Philharmonia and London Symphony Orchestra. She is able to work in a variety of musical styles ranging from opera, symphony and chamber orchestras, chamber music and recitals, to film sessions and period instrument work. She has been a professor of flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama since 1989.

Martin Outram studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music and since then has enjoyed a wide ranging career as quartet player, soloist and teacher. As a member of the internationally renowned Maggini Quartet he has played throughout Europe, North America and the Far East. Martin appears frequently as a soloist. His repertoire embraces the major works for viola. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, where he has been a professor since 1984. He is also an Honorary Fellow and Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and an Honorary Fellow of Brunel University.

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A concert programme ranging from the spiritual intensity of the medieval cathedral to the suave decadence of the American barber shop. Whilst some songs are traditional or anonymous, acknowledged composers include Clemant Janequin from 15th Century French Renaissance and Eric Whitacre from 21st Century Reno, Nevada.

Octavo was formed in 2013. A bunch of like-minded souls, whose paths had crossed over a number of years in London and West Country vocal circles, decided that they needed an outlet for their talent that comprised smaller forces. That’s about it, but what better excuse do you need to meet than the prospect of 8-part vocal harmony with friends? We have performed in a huge variety of venues ranging from the tiny church of Stanley Pontlarge, a hamlet in Gloucestershire, to the vast and wonderful spaces of the abbeys of Tewkesbury and Bath and from HR Prison at Long Lartin to Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire. Our programmes range across the whole spectrum of choral music from the Renaissance through to the present day and encompass sacred and secular, classical and contemporary, folk songs and songs from the shows.

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Beethoven: Judas Maccabeus Variations; Martinu: Sonata 3; Brahms: Sonata in F op 99

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Abergavenny Chamber Music began their chamber music concerts at the Chapel with a Bach cello concert by Raphael Wallfisch. We are delighted to open the second season with another appearance by this internationally renowned cellist, this time joined by his very long time collaborator, pianist John York. They have a wide repertoire, from premieres of contemporary work to 19th century obscurities.

60 years separate Brahms’ sonata from the Beethoven variations, and there is a similar gap between the Brahms and the Martinů. It is extraordinary that Beethoven not only invented the cello sonata but also, over just two decades, perfected it, leaving five masterpieces in the genre! But, in order to do that, he also needed to explore the new-fangled combination of instruments, to try things out – and that’s where the variation sets came in. Well-loved melodies, ‘hits’ of the time, are borrowed from Handel and Mozart. (British audiences know the Handel theme as ‘Thine is the glory.’) Following Beethoven’s example, many 19th century and 20th century composers contributed cello sonatas and Brahms’ Op. 99 represents the very finest achievement in the genre in its day – 1886. A brilliantly judged balance of technical challenges, compositional cleverness, melodic richness and sheer entertainment value ensure its everlasting popularity. Martinů’s music, however, might be less familiar to the audience tonight – but have no fear! A virtuoso display, motoric repetition and loads of rollicking panache that he sums up at the brilliant finish.  (John York)

Raphael Wallfisch is one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage. At the age of 24 he won the Gaspar Cassadó International Cello Competition in Florence. Since then he has enjoyed a world-wide career playing with such orchestras as the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Symphony, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic and many others. He is regularly invited to play at major festivals such as the BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Spoleto, Prades, Oslo and Schleswig Holstein. He is in demand as a teacher all over the world and holds the position of professor of cello in Switzerland at the Zürich Hochschule der Kunst.

John York‘s 40 year career has taken him around the world, working with some of the finest orchestras, soloists and chamber groups. The majority of his work has always been with Raphael Wallfisch and York2 piano duo. Before his duos became established 30 years ago, he had already won the International Debussy Prize in Paris, played concertos with such orchestras as the London Mozart Players and the London Philharmonic, founded the successful York Piano Trio and Piano Quartet and partnered a list of illustrious performers in many countries. He was professor at the Guildhall for 33 years, and Senior Music Head at St Paul’s Girls’ School, London for 20 years.

 

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An abundance of functional, decorative, handmade ceramics for all occasions. Everything is for sale, come and meet some of the best contemporary makers working today –

Dylan Bowen wheel-thrown and hand-built gestural slipware. Trained at Camberwell College of Arts, exhibited at the Besson Gallery and Contemporary Ceramics, London.  Jane Bowen – hand-thrown, decorated slipware. Trained at Camberwell College of Arts, apprentice to Clive Bowen.  James & Tilla Waters – hand-thrown porcelain & stoneware. Purity of form. Both taught by Rupert Spira who was taught by Michael Cardew and he in turn by Bernard Leach.  James Burnett Stuart – hand-thrown earthenware. Trained at Harrow College, has made tableware for The Conran Shop, Designer’s Guild and Egg. Featured in World of Interiors, Elle Decoration and Country Living. Artist-in-Residence at Charleston.  Dan Hides – wheel-thrown domestic ware in English slipware tradition. Apprenticed at Dartington Pottery, trained at Falmouth School of Art.  Tim Lake – hand-thrown stoneware. Trained at Falmouth School of Art.  Louise Brosnan MA RCA – hand-built, decorated vessels. Trained at Royal College of Art after Printmaking and Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts. Has worked in textiles, film/animation as well as ceramics, referencing childhood memories, toys, wallpaper, fabric etc.  Cornelia O’Donovan MA RCA – hand decorated ceramics. Trained at Royal College of Art. Plays with folklore, poetry, myth and especially tales native to the British Isles.  Chloe Charrington – new comer and emerging maker of hand-thrown stoneware. Elegant, fine shapes.

Cornelia O’Donovan’s solo exhibition ‘Dream Paintings’ will be showing at The Art Shop on Cross Street, continuing until 14th October (just 2 mins away).

Free event.

Enjoy a memorable supper with chef, Rosie Sykes, using recipes taken from her acclaimed, recently published book ‘The Sunday Night Book’. For menu see our kitchen page

Angela Hartnett ‘Rosie is one of the great cooks of our time – so humble, brilliant ideas, wonderful cooking and writing you want to read over and over again… Rosie cooks the food you want to eat all the time – unpretentious and delicious.’

Fergus Henderson ‘The Sunday Night Book tells a story I couldn’t be happier with. Ideas for delicious food for the weekend often pop up through the week and these often get altered on a Sunday night; having seen the book, Rosie can alter my food any time!’

Shaun Hill ‘Rosie Sykes is a proper cook who cooks proper food with flair and skill. These recipes are all achievable but, more than that, very desirable even on nights other than Sunday. Excellent book.’

Rosie Sykes is a chef, writer and consultant. She has worked with Joyce Molyneux, Shaun Hill and Margot Henderson and co-authored the ‘The Kitchen Revolution’. Rosie set up the critically acclaimed gastropub the Sutton Arms in London’s Smithfields and is now development chef for the much-loved meat, beer & bread specialist the Pint Shop in Cambridge and Oxford.

£50 Includes a signed copy of 'The Sunday Night Book'. Booking Essential 01873 736430

“Outstanding” – AmericanaUK   “A name we’ll be hearing a lot about” – Folking.com   “Classy American acoustic music” – fRoots magazine

Michigan songbirds, Rachael Davis, Lindsay Lou Rilko and May Erlewine take your breath away almost as an amazing force of nature might have the same effect.

Since coming together, the three singing sirens and multi-instrumentalists whose repertoire swings from gospel and bluegrass to soul and even joyful interpretations of pop, have become one of the hottest properties on the US roots music circuit.

With three-part vocal harmonies that are sublime, they trade instruments including mountain fiddle and banjo, uke, guitar and double bass. When they released their latest recording in the UK, it attracted much praise, AmericanaUK awarding the disc a 9/10 rating. “Outstanding! This is top drawer roots music,” said reviewer Rick Bayles.

Lindsay Lou Rilko is perhaps better known as lead vocalist with her other popular band The Flatbellys. They were one of the main visiting attractions at Celtic Connections in January, and featured in the BBC2 TV Highlights programme. She was nominated in the 2016 Best Vocalist category by the prestigious International Bluegrass Music Association. Rachael Davis is an award-winning performer in her own right and May Erlewine has a voice that is instantly recognisable, her material being sung and recorded by many other artists.

The trio is making a rare appearance on this side of the Atlantic for a short string of dates that include main stage shows at Didmarton Bluegrass Festival and Towersey Folk Festival.

Online tickets available here

Tickets £12. Booking Essential

Classical, jazz and folk influences merge into a beautiful unique landscape.

Welsh Marches based duo, Beresford & Hammond will be launching their new album ‘Each Edge of the Field’ at the Chapel.

‘A prime example of pure creativity’ The Musician   Could very easily become habit-forming’ John Eyles All About Jazz   ‘This stuff comes form a border country and a border state’ The Wire

Charlie Beresford (acoustic guitar/voice) – as a musician and recording engineer, Charlie has been involved with classical, folk and improv projects with artists such as Russian free jazz prodigy Alexy Kruglov, Britfolk legend June Tabor, poet Ian McMillan and Judie Tzuke among others. As well as working as a solo artist with four albums to his name, he is a member of Fourth Page and works with cellist Sonia Hammond in a duo and trio format (with the addition of Carolyn Hume of Fourth Page). In his other life as a visual artist he founded ‘The 52nd’ project with Quebec based art photographer/filmaker Gaëna Da Sylva.

Sonia Hammond (cello) – was classically trained at Birmingham school of Music and the Royal College of Music, London and has since forged an eclectic freelance career. She has recorded with Chloe Goodchild, Barb Jungr, Babysnakes and Ennui and played in venues ranging from the rooftops of Timbuktu to the Camphill Communities of UK and Europe. Sonia is currently principal ‘cellist in the Brecknock Sinfonia and plays regularly with Castalia String Quartet and the Radnor Improvisers . Her first solo Bach CD was recorded live by Charlie Beresford at St Mary’s Church, Hay-on –Wye on 28th March 2014.

Beresford and Hammond met whilst working with the Radnor Improvisers, an improvising group which they are founding members of. Their first album ‘The Science of Snow’ was born when the two found themselves at a loose end due to a cancelled studio session and used the opportunity to record some duo improvisations together just to see where it would go. From this the duo decided to release the recording through Charlie and Gaëna Da Sylva’s art project ‘The 52nd’ and a small cottage industry label began which sent out copies far and wide with no expectation. Happily ‘The Science of Snow’ received critical acclaim in both the UK and mainland Europe and World wide radio airplay from the US to Germany. That year culminated in the duo performing in Hungary and Austria as well as the the UK. In 2016 they teamed up with pianist Carolyn Hume to form the Beresford Hammond Hume trio and released the also much lauded album ‘The Lightning Bell’ through ‘The 52nd’.This CD contains performances by the singer Judie Tzuke who joined them on a couple of their laid back recording sessions. So they are now following all this with a new duo recording ‘Each Edge of the Field’. This nine track CD, recorded in the same free spirited attitude as the first, sees them ‘hone their craft as they carve out an increasingly distinctive niche in the world of improvised music’  Jazz Mann

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WHERE TO NOW? STOCKHAUSEN, GLASS, ARVO PART…?

The last in this series of informal and inspiring music workshops at the Chapel. No previous knowledge is necessary, everything is provided, just bring a pen and notebook.

Lionel Elton set up the successful programme of chamber concerts hosted at the Chapel. The next series begins this September with a performance by cellist, Raphael Wallfisch. Lionel was principal clarinettist in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales before receiving a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. Later he was artistic director of the London Chamber Music Society (1986-2003).

£10. Booking Essential as places are limited.

AN ILLUSTRATED DISCUSSION WITH BIOGRAPHER, ART CRITIC & CURATOR, PETER WAKELIN

The late Roger Cecil has been described as one of the greatest modern artists of Wales but until recently his work had never been discussed in any books on Welsh or British art. He devoted his whole life to painting, working in the terraced house where he grew up in Abertillery.

Three of the people who knew Roger Cecil will discuss his life and work in conversation with his biographer, Peter Wakelin: curator Meg Anthony, artist Chris Griffin and Pauline Griffiths of The Art Shop & Chapel.

The discussion will be illustrated with slides and a selection of original paintings.

Copies of Peter Wakelin’s new book Roger Cecil: A Secret Artist (Sansom & Co, 2017) will be for sale after the event.

The café/ bar and bookshop will be open all evening.

£10. Booking Essential as places are limited.

20TH CENTURY – FROM RAVEL TO BRITTEN & BEYOND

The 3rd in this series of informal and inspiring music workshops at the Chapel. No previous knowledge is necessary, everything is provided, just bring a pen and notebook.

Lionel Elton set up the successful programme of chamber concerts hosted at the Chapel. The next series begins this September with a performance by cellist, Raphael Wallfisch. Lionel was principal clarinettist in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales before receiving a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. Later he was artistic director of the London Chamber Music Society (1986-2003).

£10. Booking Essential as places are limited.

Private view on Thursday 25 May 7-9pm

OWEN’S 2ND YEAR AT THE CHAPEL – AN EXHIBITION OF ANTIQUE TEXTILES CELEBRATING THE LOST TRADITION OF COLOUR & DESIGN

Owen Parry is a dealer, buying and selling, restoring and conserving for collectors, decorators and dealers. He has a fine knowledge and love of the weaving traditions of nomadic tribes, enabling him to specialise in pieces of rarity and beauty which are fast disappearing from the open market. Owen started as a repairer at the respected Lannowe Restoration Studio. He had the rare opportunity to handle and work on some of the best examples of early classical pieces and top quality tribal material on the market.

Owen exhibits several times a year in London and San Francisco and is a regular exhibitor around the world: ACOR (American Conference of Oriental Rugs); ICOC (International Conference of Oriental Rugs); Hali Fair (London); Sartirana (Italy); KARMA (Kensington Rug Merchants Association, London); LARTA (London Antique Rug and Textile Arts); Arts (San Francisco). He has had several articles published in HALI magazine.

All textiles and rugs are for sale.

ROMANTICISM IN MUSIC – SCHUMANN, BRAHMS, MAHLER…

The 2nd in this series of informal and inspiring music workshops at the Chapel. No previous knowledge is necessary, everything is provided, just bring a pen and notebook.

Lionel Elton set up the successful programme of chamber concerts hosted at the Chapel. The next series begins this September with a performance by cellist, Raphael Wallfisch. Lionel was principal clarinettist in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales before receiving a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. Later he was artistic director of the London Chamber Music Society (1986-2003).

£10. Booking Essential as places are limited.

Rarely will you hear such beautiful American roots music so perfectly performed.

Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee have found themselves in the premier league after gaining a reputation as one of the most original old-time influenced duos working the circuit. The pair first combined in 2013 and quickly established a big Stateside following. This will be their UK debut (they are one of the main visiting attractions being flown in for Shetland Folk Festival).

After the release of two albums in 2016, AmericanaUK called them “a true joy,” while Acoustic Magazine said they were “incredibly atmospheric.”  Lonesome Highway (Ireland) described the pair as “a musical marriage made in heaven.”  “Music for sunshine and mint juleps”Folk Radio UK

The Lowest Pair have John Hartford to thank for their name – and the title of one of their latest albums. The duo has been building up an impressive Stateside head of steam since combining in 2013 to embark on their incredible musical journey.

Kendl Winter, born in Arkansas, put three solo records out and performed in nationally-touring northwest string bands before forming The Lowest Pair with Palmer T. Lee. Palmer built his first banjo when he was 19 from pieces he serendipitously inherited. He began cutting his teeth fronting Minneapolis string bands and touring the midwest festival circuit, which is where he and Kendl first met, on the banks of the Mississippi. In 2015, while touring in support of their second, critically-acclaimed album, The Sacred Heart Sessions, they continued to write and found themselves with more new songs than they needed for their planned follow-up, deciding ambitiously that two collections should be released together.

Those new records, Fern Girl and Ice Man, and Uncertain As It Is Uneven, could be viewed as windows into their growing and changing world. The latter stays the course of their previous releases, being focused on stripped down, intimate arrangements to support their timeless song-writing and haunting vocals. Fern Girl is a more moody and adventurous exploration of new sounds, new studio production directions, and what it might sound like to be supported by a full band, while keeping one foot planted in the rootsy aesthetics which drew them together.

When the albums were simultaneously released in the UK, the reaction was enthusiastic and instantaneous.

Tickets £12. Booking Essential

BACH, HANDEL & TELEMANN – 3 GIANTS OF THE BAROQUE

This season Lionel is holding informal and inspiring music workshops downstairs at the Chapel. No previous knowledge is necessary, everything is provided, just bring a pen and notebook.

Lionel Elton set up the successful programme of chamber concerts hosted at the Chapel. The next series begins this September with a performance by cellist, Raphael Wallfisch. Lionel was principal clarinettist in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales before receiving a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. Later he was artistic director of the London Chamber Music Society (1986-2003).

£10. Booking Essential as places are limited.

Jessie Chorley will be visiting The Art Shop & Chapel from her East London shop and studio. She will spend 3 days in Residence at The Art Shop starting on Wednesday 19th April, demonstrating her unique way of hand embroidering. To finish the residency, on Saturday 22nd April she will run an intense one-day embroidery workshop.

During her residency you will be able to see a collection of recent hand stitched illustrations. Jessie will demonstrate and talk about her working progress as an embroiderer, collector and story teller.

On the workshop day, join Jessie to create your own hand stitched illustrations, inspired by Jessie’s unique style. She will show you how she uses her needle and threads as her drawing tools to both illustrate with and also to incorporate and secure found items of interest.

‘I work with a limited colour palette and use simple found fabrics, usually cut from found items of clothing or everyday homeware, which adds to the narrative of my final pieces. I will provide you on the day with a simple kit that will include all you need to get started on your own embroidered illustration.’

£85 includes lunch, all refreshments throughout the day and majority of materials. Booking Essential as places are limited.

Pam Wright and Claire Burgoyne are back by popular demand to run a second two-day drawing workshop at the Chapel. First date is Wednesday 19th April followed by Wednesday 26th April.

Each of us sees and responds to the world in our own unique way. How do we go about discovering our own creative identity, and how do we find are own language that expresses for us what we have discovered. This workshop will offer an insight into how the process of drawing can be a platform from which to discover this for yourself.

This two day drawing workshop is written to help you further understand the connection between what you see, feel and understand about your own creative identity. The workshop will begin with a conversation between 2 people who both use drawing as a way of visualizing the world in their own distinctive style.

Day one: will begin with a series of alternative drawing approaches that enables you to see the world in different ways and open up unexpected possible starting points from which to work. We will explore ways of producing different visual languages eg: sound drawings, memory mapping, drawing with light, data drawing, etc. that will become a collection of mark making personal to you. We will also be working with rhythm, poetry and music. A home activity will be set in response to the days work, and in preparation for day two.

Day two: will begin with a shared conversation between all the participants in response to the home activity as you begin to search more deeply into what has made you curious. As the day proceeds, you will be supported as you follow your instinctual responses to see where they lead. This will be underpinned by additional activities.

Expected Outcomes: Experimental drawings / A body of work on which to base future practice / An ability to reflect and evaluate on a personal level / An understanding of your own creative identity / New ways of seeing the inner and outer world

Pam Wright and Claire Burgoyne met whilst both working at Hereford College of Arts. They have continued to work collaboratively exploring their interests in how to communicate ideas through drawing.

£60 for a two-day workshop. Booking Essential

An evening of string trios by Schubert, Penderecki and Mozart. Penderecki’s 1990 “dramatic and lyrical” trio is framed by Schubert’s beautiful 1817 trio and Mozart’s great 1788 Divertimento, widely regarded as the very first true string trio in which each instrument carries equal weight.

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Prints inspired by flowers and foliage.

Explore this painterly printing process with Adrienne at the Chapel.

With use of the wonderful printing press at the chapel, you will paint onto acrylic sheet with coloured printing inks and by drawing and wiping into the ink, create images that will be put through the press and transferred to paper. The prints can be made with a single pressing or various layers of ink can be built up by successive printings.

Experienced artists can benefit from exploring their ideas in a different medium but no artistic experience is necessary to take part in this workshop.

Adrienne will bring plenty of ideas and inspirational material to work from although you may want to bring in some personal ideas and sketches.

Adrienne Says – ‘I find monoprinting a seductive process, that captures the energy of brushstrokes and mark making. It enables you to make ‘paintings’ reasonably swiftly, and mixing the coloured viscose inks on the plate is a satisfyingly child like indulgence. Who hasn’t taken pleasure in applying paint to a surface – as we did as school children when we folded paper in half and made ‘symmetrical’ butterfly images – to see what image will appear.’

Adrienne Craddock will be exhibiting her prints, paintings and mixed media alongside Shellie Byatt, in the exhibition ‘Surprise in the Shrubbery’ opening on Saturday 18th March at The Art Shop.

£75 includes lunch, all refreshments throughout the day and majority of materials. Booking Essential as places are limited.

This technique dates back to the pre-Christian era. ‘Pysanky’ comes from the word ‘to write’ as the designs are not painted but written with beeswax. The designs/symbols had magical powers to ward off evil spirits, banish Winter, guarantee a good harvest and bring a person good luck. Similar designs occur in pottery, woodwork, metalwork, Ukrainian embroidery and other Folk Art.

The workshop includes a presentation about the Ukraine and the Pysanky tradition. All materials are supplied and enjoy a delicious traditional Ukrainian lunch.

£70 includes lunch and materials. Booking Essential as places are limited.

Programme will include the Alvor Ensemble recital of duos by Ibert, Faure, Godard and Haydn.

Sarah Newbold is a member of the Academy of St. Martin in-the-Fields and the New London Orchestra, and formerly of both Welsh National Opera and the London Philharmonic.As a freelance player she works with most of the orchestras in Great Britain and regularly with the Philharmonia and London Symphony Orchestra. She is able to work in a variety of musical styles ranging from opera, symphony and chamber orchestras, chamber music and recitals, to film sessions and period instrument work.

Teaching plays an important part in Sarah’s musical life and she has been a professor of flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama since 1989. In collaboration with Ian Clarke she redesigned the technical requirements for the woodwind at the Guildhall School, this has led to invitations to present workshops at the “Reflective Conservatoire” conference at the Barbican, London and also the “Professional Development” Seminar in Helsinki, Finland. Together with Zoe Smith, piano, she is director of the Llangenny Flute Summer School which is in its fourth highly successful year. Sarah is a regular coach for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain both for their open days and the main orchestra courses.

Sarah studied the flute with Atarah Ben Tovim and Alan Lockwood at Huddersfield Polytechnic and with Peter Lloyd at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  She completed her studies at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies.

Katherine Thomas is a harpist who has performed with artists varying from Bryn Terfel and Rolando Villazon to Katherine Jenkins and the Manic Street Preachers. She has toured extensively as a soloist and with orchestras, including the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera (WNO) with whom she is Associate Principal Harp. A graduate of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she studied the harp with David Watkins, Katherine plays the traditional celtic and triple harps as well as the pedal harp.

Her recordings range from classical music, traditional Welsh music to contemporary recordings and she has featured on numerous broadcasts and recordings with WNO. Katherine has published several technical volumes for the harp (published by ALAW) and is a prolific arranger for the instrument.

She currently teaches the harp at Christ College Brecon.

FROM REQUESTS WE ARE NOW ABLE TO OFFER PRE-CONCERT SUPPERS DOWNSTAIRS AT THE CHAPEL KITCHEN. MENU FROM OUR BLACKBOARD. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AS SEATING IS LIMITED 01873 736430

Concert tickets available from THE ART SHOP, the Chapel & Abergavenny Music.

Tickets £12. Booking Essential

Programme will include the Suite Americana by Enrique Crespo and music from Grieg’s Peer Gynt.

Jaspa Brass is a brass quintet formed at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2014 featuring Josh Barber, Angharad Grimwood, Sam Holburt, Amy Harding and Peter Greenwood. They are a versatile and energetic ensemble with a passion for chamber music. Their varied repertoire of classical and contemporary music makes them perfect to suit a variety of different events and occasions. They have performed at a number of different events including Cardiff Museum as well as Christmas Carol Services and college events all executing a wide variety of repertoire.

In 2015 they were selected as finalist for the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble Competition, one example of the numerous competitions and events that the quintet take part in. The ensemble have also received regular coaching from tutors such as Chris Mowat, Kevin Price and Nigel Seaman.

FROM REQUESTS WE ARE NOW ABLE TO OFFER PRE-CONCERT SUPPERS DOWNSTAIRS AT THE CHAPEL KITCHEN. MENU FROM OUR BLACKBOARD. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AS SEATING IS LIMITED 01873 736430

Concert tickets available from THE ART SHOP, the Chapel & Abergavenny Music.

Tickets £12. Booking Essential

The first of our Spring series of Friday night concerts.

Recital will include Haydn Quartet op 76/2, Shostakovich Quartet no 8 and Borodin Quartet no 2.

Mavron Quartet was formed in September 2002 with Christiana Mavron – Violin,  Charlotte MacClure – Violin,  Niamh Aston – Viola,  Beatrice Newman – cello.

It is the first Ensemble in Residence at the National Concert Hall of Wales, St David’s Hall, Cardiff, following residency since 2005 at the Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff. In 2004 the Quartet members were appointed Junior Fellows in Chamber Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and since 2003, worked for the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust. In 2012 they were Young Artists in Residence at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival. Concerts have included the Mozart Clarinet Quintet with Michael Collins and they have been invited to play at venues including Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.

FROM REQUESTS WE ARE NOW ABLE TO OFFER PRE-CONCERT SUPPERS DOWNSTAIRS AT THE CHAPEL KITCHEN. MENU FROM OUR BLACKBOARD. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AS SEATING IS LIMITED 01873 736430

Concert tickets available from THE ART SHOP, the Chapel & Abergavenny Music

Tickets £12. Booking Essential

An evening of surprises and treats at The Art Shop & Chapel.

At The Art Shop… take delight in an exhibition of our favourite art works, paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography and paper art and of course we sell artists’ materials boxed, packaged and ready to go.

At the Chapel… our shelves and larder are stocked with bottled cordials and ketchups, alcohol infusions, preserves and quince jellies, boxes of membrillo, pastilles and honeycomb, chocolate almonds and Joyti’s Christmas biscuits, tarts and cakes galore. Christmas puddings in china basins made on a rare visit to the Chapel by Laura Jackson of Towpath, London (including gluten and dairy free).

From the soon to be opened Angel Bakery, Polly and Sophie have made small amounts of breads and pastries.

Live music and bar open at the Chapel for Rhodri’s cocktails, craft ales and Ben Llewelyn will be here for tasting and selling his biodynamic wines. Book a table maybe for a festive supper (kitchen is open all day and evening).

Jewellery, ceramics, textiles by designer makers. Inspiring books for everyone, particularly great cookery books. A children’s corner, with books to cherish. Very quirky cards, calendars and ideas for wrapping at both venues.

From the woods, stars and wreaths, balls of mistletoe, berry-laden holly and gilded apples.

Put in your order for Christmas collections or stock up now. Hope to see you.

CHAPEL OPEN FOR   –   BREAKFAST   BRUNCH   LUNCH   &   EARLY SUPPERS

In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative folk music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shine brightly. With their unique approach to harmony singing and thoughtful, striking arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Lady Maisery are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of folk song. Each member is also an accomplished instrumentalist, they expertly create a rich tapestry of fiddle, banjo, harp, concertina, accordion and foot percussion – Hannah James (Kerfuffle, duo with Sam Sweeney), Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters, The Artisans) and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola). The trio are also one of the foremost English proponents of traditional mouth music, or “diddling”, a form of singing without words which is a perfect showcase for their sheer musicality.

Over the last five years, the trio have released two critically acclaimed albums (5 stars in the Financial Times, Album of the Week in The Independent) made many appearances on national radio and toured widely, performing sell-out shows across the UK and Europe. Lady Maisery’s hotly anticipated third album ‘Cycle’ is to be released in Autumn 2016.

‘The most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene ★★★★’ THE GUARDIAN

‘Lady Maisery are women with ideas, purpose and urgency…powerful, enthralling work’ ★★★★★ SONGLINES

‘Three of the most vibrant, young talents of the new British Folk Wave’ MOJO

★★★★★ THE FINANCIAL TIMES

Nominated for the ‘Horizon’ BBC Folk Award 2012 and for ‘Best Debut’ at the Spiral Awards 2012.

Tickets £14. Booking Essential

Would you like to cross the boundaries of words, images and sounds through drawing to see where they may take you? Are you curious about what drawing could be for you?

Come to this two-day workshop which will help you discover your own visual language. Second date is on Wednesday 16th November.

What is the workshop about?

This workshop will offer an insight into how the process of drawing can be a platform from which to discover your own visual language. Through exploring different drawing approaches it will help you to further your awareness of the connection between what you see, feel and understand and the paradox that when we lose ourselves we find ourselves more fully. When working creatively we engage mind and heart.

 Who is the workshop for?

This workshop is for you if you are interested in communicating creatively. You may have little drawing experience or you may be an artist or designer who would like to stand back from your own practice.

Pam Wright and Claire Burgoyne met whilst both working at Hereford College of Arts. They have continued to work collaboratively exploring their interests in how to communicate ideas through drawing.

£60 for a two-day workshop. Booking Essential

Denni is back at the Chapel every Saturday afternoon for our Dance/Drama Drop-ins!

A unique experience, a first taste of acting through role-play, improvisation and storytelling. Working as part of a group, building confidence, tapping into their innate creativity, nurturing and guiding to produce inspiring performances. Denni worked with us last year, as one of 3 professional artists on A Winter Wildness, a series of creative workshops for children exploring art, movement and sound. These culminated in a magical evening performance on the Winter Solstice.

DENNI DENNIS – Studied at The Commedia School, Copenhagen, Denni has extensive training in the Jacques Lecoq style, Russian character clown and the Pochinko method (Native American spiritual clown). He combines clown, mask, dance, acting and improvisation to create unique and dynamic characters. His clown work has been featured in theatre, circus, dance performance and art installations.

All ages welcome.

£5. 5 classes for the price of 4

My sessions include Kundalini Yoga through story-telling, songs, dance and movement not just the given yoga movements.
We sit and sing and bless our food and practice mindfulness eating by using silence and closing our eyes. There is always a lying down relaxation and sitting meditation with mantra or silence or both. For me yoga is a very spiritual practice, giving each child an opportunity to express themselves and to release what they may be holding in their bodies. It helps them to release anger and stress, develop emotional intelligence and their understanding and expression of who they truly are. Yoga is particularly helpful in addressing behavioural issues, stress or unmanageable temper tantrums.

After 10 years of practising many different schools of Yoga, Georgie trained as a Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher and Healing Arts Therapy Practitioner in Cambodia in 2008.

All ages welcome.

£7. Refreshments provided.

Come and make some fabulous feathers from fabric.

Taking traditional costume from indigenous peoples such as Maori and rainforest peoples as our starting point, create fabric feathers using a range of techniques such as cutting, painting, appliqué, collage and stitching. Use your feathers to create a costume piece such as a feather headband, arm piece or necklace. You will leave the workshop with your own feathered creation to wear!

Tamsin trained in textile design at Loughborough College of Art and Design, and has worked as a costume designer and maker in film and TV. She runs her own collection of costume accessories for children called IWISHIWASA. Tamsin also teaches short courses in embellishment and customizing for clothing at Central St. Martins, London.

All ages welcome.

£17. All materials provided & refreshments.

The story of Pip Munroe, a swashbuckling sailor of the Seven Seas. A few of his possessions were lifted from the wreckage of his boat when it was discovered on a beach in Pembrokeshire last year.

Helen Jukes works with people of all ages and backgrounds to help them explore the world through writing. She has delivered creative writing workshops for the Idler Academy, Crisis and Freedom from Torture and regularly offers support and tuition on a one-to-one basis.

All ages welcome.

£17. All materials provided & refreshments.

An opportunity to attend a talk chaired by Dr Peter Wakelin, featuring Owen Sheers, Paul Henry, Peter Lord and Dan Llywelyn Hall discussing the timeless muse of the Welsh landscape using R.S Thomas’ poetry as an introduction.

Later everyone is welcome to join us for drinks at The Art Shop at 6pm for the Private View of ‘Welsh Landscape – Tirlun Cymru’  Paintings, drawings and etchings by Dan Llywelyn Hall and supporting artists. The exhibition continues at the Chapel where the Cor Meibion Male Voice Choir will perform.

Buy tickets online here.

Tickets £5. Booking essential

During the lead up to the National Eisteddfod, Abergavenny and district have played host to many varied and talented performers, all keen to lend support to the cause and flag up the historic significance of the festival as it returns to Abergavenny after some 103 years.

The forthcoming Gwent Chamber Orchestra’s concert promises to be yet another jewel in the crown of fundraising activities planned by the local Eisteddfod committee.

The orchestra has strong associations with our area, having been formed in 1975 by David Gedge, then organist and choirmaster of Brecon Cathedral, with John Roberts as leader.They were based for many years at Ebbw Vale and provided the essential players for concerts in Brecon Cathedral and Monmouthshire-based choirs.

The concert will have an added poignancy, due to the recent passing of their founder, David Gedge – a legend in his own right.

Programme

Holst: St Paul’s Suite

JS Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor (soloist Julia Watkins)

Telemann: Don Quichotte Suite (narrator Bob Young)

Boyce: Symphony No 4

Handel: Concerto Grosso Opus 6 No 11

Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik

Leader Julia Watkins, conductor Stephen Broom

Tickets £12. Students free. Booking essential

Brewing coffee is very much a multi-sensory experience: the aromas, the sounds and the flavours all add to the enjoyment of the drink.

Join us for an evening of coffee brewing where we’ll explore the ritual of coffee making in more detail.

We’ll introduce you to some familiar (and possibly not so familiar) ways of brewing coffee: the humble yet effective cafetiere, the elegant looking coffee syphon, the ever popular V60 pourover and the modern-looking Aeropress will be some of the methods we’ll explore

Tickets £5. Booking essential

An evening with the internationally renowned Welsh soprano, Elin Manahan Thomas and an opportunity after the performance to have an informal chat with the artist.

With accompanist, Andrew Wilson-Dickson.  This is an Eisteddfod fundraising event.

The programme will include Purcell’s Bess of Bedlam together with Handel’s Lascia ch’io pianga (from Rinaldo) and Angels ever bright and fair (from Theodora).

Elin was born and bred in Swansea, and first studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Clare College, Cambridge, before turning to the world of music, and to performing and presenting. She is known for both her interpretation of baroque repertoire and her performances of cutting edge new music, and made the world premiere recording of a newly-discovered Bach cantata in 2006 for Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

In 2012 Elin thrilled the world when she performed at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony in London before a global audience of one billion people. She is also a well-recognised presenter, and can be heard on Sunday nights on Radio 3’s Early Music Late. Radio and television performances include Classic FM’s 15th birthday concert, Songs of Praise’s ‘The Big Sing’, and she made her BBC Proms debut in 2013 in the Dr Who Prom, alongside Daleks! She was invited to perform in the Vatican on Easter Sunday, and has performed at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Royal Flanders Ballet.

Elin is an Artist in Residence of Bangor Music Festival where she recently gave a recital of new music and exciting premieres. She is an Honorary Fellow at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Swansea University and Bangor University.

Tickets £15. Booking essential

An evening of music for recorder orchestra using all eight sizes of recorder from the tiny ‘Garkleinflötlein’ to the soprano, descant, treble, tenor and bass and then to the large contrabasses and great basses.

The orchestra is conducted by Sally Turner, who studied the recorder at the Music Academy in Stuttgart and has been conducting the orchestra for over 30 years. This is fifth time she has brought the orchestra to the UK and the players are especially looking forward to coming to Abergavenny again. The players vary in age from 17 to 85!

Musical Director: Sally Turner

Tickets £6. Booking essential

Complete a woodcut in one day.

To coincide with his exhibition, ‘FIN RIVER SWIFT’, upstairs at the Chapel, Julian will be running a wood block printing workshop suitable for beginners and more experienced printmakers. There will be an opportunity to work on a large scale, on a 3 meter ash plank, along with a selection of smaller blocks. These print processes can be used at home.

Basic tools, paper & ink will be supplied. There will be a small charge for extra materials. Resource matter will be provided, just bring your overall.

‘My printing processes are interesting and useful for other people to learn as I do not use much equipment. I use a hand burnishing technique.’

You are welcome to come along to the exhibition Private View on Friday 13th May, 7-8.30pm, and hear Julian talk about his processes and inspiration.

All materials provided. £65

STOP PRESS!
There will be no workshops on Saturday 30th April & Saturday 14th May

A unique experience, a first taste of acting through role-play, improvisation and storytelling. Working as part of a group, building confidence, tapping into their innate creativity, nurturing and guiding to produce inspiring performances. Denni worked with us last year, as one of 3 professional artists on A Winter Wildness, a series of creative workshops for children exploring art, movement and sound. These culminated in a magical evening performance on the Winter Solstice.

DENNI DENNIS – Studied at The Commedia School, Copenhagen, Denni has extensive training in the Jacques Lecoq style, Russian character clown and the Pochinko method (Native American spiritual clown). He combines clown, mask, dance, acting and improvisation to create unique and dynamic characters. His clown work has been featured in theatre, circus, dance performance and art installations.

£5 per class

We are launching a new paint product.

Join us at the Chapel, Market Street on Thursday 5th May at 7.30pm for a glass of wine and a presentaion talk by ‘Oricalcum’ managing director, Michiel Brouns.

Linseed oil paint can be applied to any surface. It protects from weather and wind, the ravages of time and the changing seasons. In Sweden there is a long tradition of painting buildings and interiors with this paint. The reason it has survived for 500 years is because it really does provide protection. Chatsworth use their highest quality Cobalt blue for all their exterior estate work. This blue will not break down and will still look just as blue in decades from now.

Painters’ Training Workshop  Thursday 5th May 9.30am – 12pm

Read more on our news page about the quality, longevity and great coverage of linseed oil paint.

Free event

OLD, RARE & BEAUTIFUL TRIBAL RUGS & TEXTILES

PRIVATE VIEW on Thursday 28th April, 7-9pm

Owen Parry is a dealer, buying and selling, restoring and conserving for collectors, decorators and dealers. He has a fine knowledge and love of the weaving traditions of nomadic tribes, enabling him to specialise in pieces of rarity and beauty which are fast disappearing from the open market. Owen started as a repairer at the respected Lannowe Restoration Studio. He had the rare opportunity to handle and work on some of the best examples of early classical pieces and top quality tribal material on the market.

Owen exhibits several times a year in London and San Francisco and is a regular exhibitor around the world: ACOR (American Conference of Oriental Rugs); ICOC (International Conference of Oriental Rugs); Hali Fair (London); Sartirana (Italy); KARMA (Kensington Rug Merchants Association, London); LARTA (London Antique Rug and Textile Arts); Arts (San Francisco). He has had several articles published in HALI magazine.

The textiles and rugs are for sale.

Image above – Peacocks on an 18th Century Ottoman silk embroidery fragment. Elegant yet whimsical drawing. Few examples now exist on the open market but some can be seen in the V & A Museum.

 

Free event

Ystradivarius are a group of five professional young musicians who specialise in early music and perform on period instruments –
Baroque flute, violin, viola, cello and organ continuo. They have studied at colleges such as Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music and Drama.

A fascinating 18th Century musical journey between two of the greatest composers, Bach and Mozart, taking in works by all four of J.S. Bach’s composer sons (WF, CPE, JCF and JC). The Programme consists of Trio Sonatas, Flute Quartets and W.F. Bach’s haunting Adagio and Fugue in D minor.

Tickets £12. Booking essential

Learn the skills of relief printing using lino or Japanese vinyl. This workshop is suitable for experienced artists who would like to take their own work into print but also for students, studying art, to add to their port folio and for people who would like to learn new skills.

Adrienne will bring plenty of images to inspire you but you can bring your own sketches and photos to work from.

Includes lunch, coffee and Tea. £70

Tony McManus is the best Celtic guitarist in the world’  John Renbourn

McManus’s playing is rave-worthy. Loaded with flawless ornamentations, most of which should only be attempted on a very well set-up fiddle, his playing is wild and delicate, passionate and tender’  Premier Guitar

Scots born and now Canada based, Tony McManus has come to be recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art.

Through Tony’s hands the emotions of celtic music are transferred to the guitar and the listener is drawn into the driving energy of a reel or the timeless atmosphere of a lament – each finding an authentic voice through his interpretation. That emotional connection lifts McManus’s playing beyond mere virtuosity to a place where new listeners worldwide – from the Hebrides to Connemara and from Bogota to Tokyo – are won over to this music.

Whatever the context, Tony’s presence is unique and driven by a passion for the music. His engaging personality on stage has taken him to five continents, and his contribution was recently recognised with a Gold Medal, voted by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine – fellow recipients were John Williams, Paco de Lucia and Tommy Emmanuel. Tony’s 2009 recording, The Makers Mark, won universal acclaim even in the rock guitar press, where jigs and reels would have been unheard of prior to its release.

Tony’s most recent album, Mysterious Boundaries, took a different path altogether, exploring the music of Bach, Couperin, Monteverdi, Satie and Granados.

Fellow guitarists were wowed! This music is beyond beautiful, it’s….PERFECT’ Tommy Emmanuel. ‘It’s a masterpiece. I’m reeling’ John Renbourn

Tickets £12. Booking Essential

For art students and adults who want to explore printmaking or simply to try something new.

Working with experienced printmaker, Adrienne Craddock, create a drypoint etching by drawing into an acrylic plate with etching needles. Fine lines and tonal areas can be created on the plate which is then inked and printed onto dampened paper and sent through our vintage etching press.

The workshop is suitable for experienced artists who would like to take their own work into print but also for students, studying art, to add to their port folio and for people who would like to learn new skills.

Adrienne will bring plenty of images to inspire you but you can bring your own sketches and photos to work from.

Includes lunch, coffee and Tea. £70

Learn to read music with Lionel Elton in 6 lessons (Thursdays). This enhanced musical awareness offers a life changing experience. No previous knowledge is necessary, everything is provided.

Lionel was principal clarinettist in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales before receiving a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. Later he was artistic director of the London Chamber Music Society (1986-2003). Prior to moving to Abergavenny, Lionel conducted and coached a male voice choir in Buckinghamshire and taught them all to read music in just 6 weeks.

In the near future Lionel will be offering ‘Music Appreciation’ evenings with insights into music and how to follow a score, along with music history.

£10 per session. Everything provided, booking essential

Drawings, designs, paper costumes, masks, sets, sounds and the video of the final performance.

This exhibition follows a series of creative workshops for children, held every Saturday afternoon, between 14th November and 19th December, which culminated in a performance on the Winter Solstice, 22nd December 2015.

During a period of only six sessions, up to twelve children came together to explore the themes of a wild winter and the solstice. The workshops involved three artists with different disciplines: Clare Parry-Jones – costumes; Denni Dennis – movement; Leona Jones – sound. The children were therefore able to explore and focus upon their characters and the story that emerged, through visual, physical and auditory paths, engaging them in a deeply creative process.

Each artist facilitated the ideas that sprang from the imagination of each child. The artwork presented is a combination of their initial explorations and ideas for each character, their mask/face markings and costume. Clare made and painted each costume, based upon the drawings and ideas of each child, together with her own inspirations and the practicalities of the materials used: paper, muslin, leaves and plants. Denni created the choreography based upon each child’s unique movements and characterisation, bringing the story to life physically. The soundtrack ran throughout the performance and is primarily formed from the children’s voices, through stories and improvisations, woven together with additional material by Leona.

Exhibition continues until 13th February.

Free event

Robert Evans (lyre & crwth), Mary-Anne Roberts (voice) & with Gillian Stevens (crwth)

In praise of mid-winter, with bold, ritual songs, ballads and medieval poetry and a magical Arthurian episode celebrating the holly and the ivy.

‘What winter confines, spring releases, summer heats and Autumn ripens’ Boethius 16th century

Bragod is the only musical ensemble dedicated to exploring the performance of medieval and renaissance Welsh music and poetry in an historically-informed way. They sing Welsh poetry ranging from stanzas of the Gododdin (6th century) to ritual and popular songs of the 18th and 19th century. They play the six-stringed lyre of 6th century Northern Europe and the crwth, the ancient lyre of Northern Europe modified by the addition of a fingerboard and the application of the bow.

Tickets £12. Booking essential

For the last 6 weeks we have held a very different kind of workshop to what we have ever done before. A small group of children of all ages have been designing, making and producing under the guidance of performance and theatre artists, Denni Dennis and Clare Parry-Jones, and sound artist, Leona Jones. The results have been truly inspiring.

Come to a Gala Performance of the culmination of all their hard work and creativity on Tuesday 22nd December. Children under 10years can come along free.

 

Tickets £6. Under 10's free. Booking essential

A unique opportunity to work with three professional artists and performers. A Winter Wildness is a series of creative workshops for children exploring art, movement and sound. These sessions will culminate in a magical evening performance of light and shadows, imagination and dreams celebrating the Winter Solstice.

The characters and elements of a wild winter will be brought to life through the creation of paper costumes, masks and sets, movement, words and sound. Children will have the opportunity to create each part of this process with guidance and facilitation from three artists, all supported by the Arts Council of Wales: Denni Dennis, Leona Jones and Clare Parry-Jones. They will be encouraged to explore their own imagination and ideas, as well as gleaning inspiration from established sources of material.

THE ARTISTS…

Denni Dennis – born in Denmark and now based in Wales. He trained at The Commedia School, Copenhagen. Denni has extensive training in the Jacques Lecoq style, Russian character clown and the Pochinko method (Native American spiritual clown). He combines clown, mask, dance, acting and improvisation to create unique and dynamic characters. His clown work has been featured in theatre, circus, dance performance and art installations.

Leona Jones – awarded Distinction for her Performance Writing MA from Dartington/Falmouth in 2012, and her work has been presented across Britain and Europe. Her most recent major project, The Baroque Cello Project (Part II), was successfully presented in The Chapel in June 2015, and means of developing it further are currently being explored. She is based in Cardiff. Leona explores the hardlyheard and underseen, the hidden and hiding, the conscious and the not-so-conscious in order to create events/performances and installations centred around language, sound and spatiality. Cross media collaboration is central to her practice.

Clare Parry-Jones – local artist and theatre practitioner. She performs and teaches internationally, most recently in Japan. She has also recently taught in Siberia (paper costumes and clown) and created performance land art in collaboration with sculptors and dancers in Buguldeika and Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal. Clare combines land art, performance, ritual and clown, all of which is informed by her shamanic practice and experience. She studied RADA, École Philippe Gaulier (Paris).

Gala performance Tuesday 22nd December 6.30pm, tickets £6

All materials provided. £20 each workshop

The local novelist, poet and playwright, Owen Sheers, will be in conversation with the political journalist, Glyn Mathias. Introduced by Eryl Sheers.

This is a fundraising event for the National Eisteddfod 2016.

Owen has just returned from 6 weeks in America and Canada publicising his new novel, ‘I Saw A Man’ published by Faber in June 2015. He is currently Professor in Creativity at Swansea University.

Owen’s parents left Abergavenny for Fiji where Owen was born and then returned to the same house in Llanddewi Rhydderch. His first poems were published when he was 16 and at 15 he won the Hay-on-Wye young writer award. Owen’s first novel, ‘Resistance’ was adapted into a film in 2011, and shot locally in the Ochon Valley. The landscape of the Abergavenny area have very much influenced his writing.

Glyn Mathias (ex Political Editor of ITN and BBC) lives in Brecon and his father was the poet, Roland Mathias. His autobiography called ‘Raising the Echo’ is a fascinating insight into TV political journalism.

Tickets £12. Booking essential

Calling all artists…

Michael Harding, maker of handmade oil paints, is on a non-stop quest to meet artists directly and share his passion for quality art materials. This is a talk and demonstration geared for the artist who is interested in understanding why the quality of art materials used is important to the value of their painting, with discussions on pigments, oils, consistency, suggested uses, toxicity, safety, etc. or whatever questions you may wish to raise with Michael.

‘My paints are made by hand, using techniques which date back to the days of the Old Masters. There is a very simple reason for this painstaking process. As an artist and painter I wanted to create colours that were true and vibrant, and paint which was beautiful and durable. The greater the pigment content of a paint the greater the resistance it has to fading. Nearly all manufacturers use various fillers to extend the volume of the oil paint. It may increase profits but it compromises on quality. I totally refuse to do this. Why make something exceptional and then dilute it?’  Michael Harding

Michael has been making oil paint for nearly 35 years. Artists using his oil paint include Howard Hodgkin, ‘…this is incredible paint… the most beautiful Vermillion you can find.’ When given sap green he remarked, ‘Fantastic-it’s the same shade green as the menus they had in Paris in the 1940s…’ Clearly colours are about moments and memories for him. David Hockney describes the paint as, ‘…the first quality oil paint – excellent’ while Chris Ofili states, ‘Michael Harding’s oils are beautifully honest paints – for the beautifully honest act of painting’.

 

Free event. Booking essential

In the summer of 2009, Bristol saw a remarkable phenomenon that made international news. Over six weeks some 300,000 people queued for hours, often in pouring rain, for admission to the city’s museum & art gallery. They had been attracted by the media hype surrounding an exhibition ambiguously entitled ‘Banksy vs the Bristol Museum’. The subsequent show ‘Dismaland’ at a derelict lido in Weston-super-Mare in the summer of 2015 has attracted similar attention and caused worldwide headlines.

This illustrated talk by Paul Gough will raise a number of questions: Is Banksy a subversive influence or merely a bit of fun? Why is Banksy so important beyond the UK? Is the work important as art? What does Banksy bring to British culture as curator of international art?

After compiling a book on the impact of Banksy on the national scene, Paul Gough (Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President RMIT University, Australia), has become a regular commentator on the global phenomenon of the world’s most famous unknown artist.

Tickets £10. Booking essential

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Basic drawing from observation with Paul Handley MA. The mechanics of looking and translating 3D into 2D and establishing a personal pictorial language. Aimed at the beginner and the student, particularly those who received no formal, traditional drawing training.

Paul is a figurative painter, who trained at Goldsmith University and Norwich School of Art, under amongst others, John Lessore. He has an MA in Art History.

Includes lunch, coffee and Tea. £70

Come and make a spooky costume…. a fairy, ghost, witch, skeleton or evil creature for you to wear on Halloween, when you perform various antics for cake, apples, or money!

Tamsin trained in textile design at Loughborough College of Art and Design, and has worked as a costume designer and maker in film and TV. She runs her own collection of costume accessories for children called IWISHIWASA. Tamsin also teaches short courses in embellishment and customizing for clothing at Central St. Martins, London.

Age 5 +. Morning 10am – 12.30pm, afternoon 1.30 – 4pm

All materials provided and refreshments. £17 each workshop

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to hear an inspiring talk by Dr. Jonathan Clarkson, a leading international scholar on the painter John Constable. His critically acclaimed monograph ‘Constable’ was published by Phaidon in 2010, and was named by The Sunday Times and The Telegraph as one of the best art history books of the year. Dr. Clarkson examines this complex relationship Constable had with history, and explores how his thinking developed in his later paintings.

‘John Constable presents one of the great paradoxes of art history. In his time his approach to painting was so radical that his contemporaries were almost totally baffled by it… In the 20th century, however, he became so popular that his paintings came almost to epitomise the term chocolate box. To understand this paradox, and the full extraordinary complexity and originality of this, certainly for me, greatest of all English painters (and yes including Turner) you have only to turn to a new, luminously intelligent, totally authoritative, yet highly readable introduction to Constable by Jonathan Clarkson.’     Simon Wilson, RA Royal Society of Arts magazine, Autumn 2010

Tickets £10. Booking essential

‘The Songbird’ – Exquisite songs of love, passion and devotion from the courts of 17th century Italy and Purcell’s London.

A delightful programme incorporating an astonishing variety of songs and harp solos by Purcell, Blow, Eccles, Banister, Monteverdi, Luzzaschi, Caccini (daughter and father) and Frescobaldi.

This stunning duo are internationally renowned, with many years’ experience of performing and recording in all genres, but particularly in the field of Early Music. Catherine and Frances have enjoyed performing together over many years in projects with, for instance, the New London Consort, The Taverner Consort, and in Italian repertoire with Musica Secreta. Their recital programmes include performances in the Radovljica Festival in Slovenia and locally in Crickhowell. With new pieces written for them by Tansy Davies, Larisa Vrhunc, Igor Majcen and John Woolrich.

Tickets £15. Booking essential

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No tutor and very affordable, this weekly class will enable the artist to develop their practice. There will be a nude model as well as the opportunity to draw from a circus/performance trained model with costume. Perfect for Paul’s drawing students.

£15 per day. Booking essential

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Join us for a theatrical performance of a 19th Century Russian tea ceremony. You will learn all about the merchant wives’ rituals of tea drinking, enjoy a cup of ‘Good Mood Tea’ and taste the most delicious Pastila, a traditional apple conserve handmade to the original medieval recipe. Come and savour the taste of history.

Tickets £7.50. Booking essential

Saturday & Sunday all day

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Gelati and Sorbetti by Jack’s Gelato. Expertly crafted ice cream and sorbet by award winning chef. Handmade, best ingredients, organic, fair trade sugar… Bronte’s pistachios, Valrhona chocolate, foraged damsons, elderflowers, quinces and sloes, Calabrian liquorice and manuka honey.

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Book signing and seasonal produce by biodynamic growers, Jane Scotter & Harry Astley from Fern Verrow, a 16 acre farm at the foothills of the Black Mountains.

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Poetry at your table with award winning poet, Rosie Shepperd, reading from her new collection, The Man at the Corner Table’. Exploring love, loss and betrayal, using sensual metaphors of food, the flavours we make and those which make us.

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Our in house roasters, Carvetii will be serving coffees all weekend and…

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Internationally known but locally grown. Two very special duos will play and sing music from around the world as part of the Eisteddfod 2016 fundraising for Monmouthsire.

Taith Duo, Gillian Stevens and Dylan Fowler have come from very different musical backgrounds; Dylan as a jazz musician and Gillian as a performer of early music and a composer. They have found common ground in their desire to ignore musical categories and draw on both the traditional music of their home country, Wales, and their own original and creative approach. The inspiration gained from travelling and working with musicians from many other cultures adds a further layer of richness to their performance. Using a range of instruments including guitar, mandocello, drums, clarinet, viola da gamba, treble viol and the ancient Welsh crwth they create a magical and spell-binding atmosphere.

Over the years they have performed as a duo in festivals in Greece, Italy, Belgium and Bulgaria. Together they have taken part in several international collaborations, such as with Norwegian singer, Asne Valland-Nordli, in the Bath Festival and Nicolai Ivanov in the Salon des Arts Festival in Sofia. They have also performed regularly with Finnish kantele player Timo Väänänen, as the Taith Trio.

Olion Byw are Cardiff based duo, Lucy Rivers and Dan Lawrence. They combine fiddle, guitar, mandolin and voice. Their fresh and exciting arrangements of traditional Welsh tunes and songs are interspersed with original compositions, all drawing on their love of roots, folk and world music. They bought out their second album last year Mudo/ Migrating to great critical acclaim and as well as performing around Wales, last year they toured to West Bengal to play in a Fakir Festival. They also had an official showcase in Folk Alliance in Kansas City. Olion Byw means Living Traces – rediscovering, reinventing.

‘The intoxicating vocal and intense fiddle of Lucy Rivers and the hypnotic guitar/ mandolin of Dan Lawrence… With its elegant melodies and its poetic songs of longing and yearning, there’s more than a trace of the courtly troubadour tradition in the heart of this music: It makes for deeply soulful, romantic listening.’ Review of Mudo/ Migrating by Paul Matheson, fRoots May 2014.

Tickets £12. Booking essential

Learn to sew a beautiful pair of knickers, with international lingerie designer and co-author of The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie, Katherine Sheers.

This fun and informative workshop will give you a foundation of lingerie-making skills, leading you through each step in the process from measuring yourself and cutting out a pattern, to sewing French seams and attaching lingerie elastic. You’ll take away a finished pair of knickers in your size, a printed pattern and the know-how to make as many pairs as you want. Only basic sewing skills are required; as long as you feel comfortable sewing a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch on a sewing machine, everything else will be taught on the day.

You’ll be provided with a pretty, printed cotton fabric to make your knickers in the workshop, as well as gusset fabric, lingerie elastic, ribbons, thread and sewing notions. These knickers are infinitely versatile however, so once you’ve built your confidence sewing the first pair, there’ll be an inspiring selection of luxury fabrics, French lace trims and silk ribbons available for purchase at the end of the workshop.

Materials

All you’ll need to bring is a basic sewing machine (which can sew a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch) and a pair of fabric sheers (scissors). If you don’t have access to either of these, please let us know at the time of booking.

Gifting

If you’d like to make these knickers for someone else, please advise us at the time of booking so we can send you instructions on how to measure your friend or family member. Alternatively, if you’d like to buy this workshop as a gift, let us know and we’ll send you a special gift voucher.

Katherine Sheers was raised in Abergavenny and studied Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art and the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC, before going on to complete a first class degree in Contour Fashion at De Montfort University. She’s lived and worked as a lingerie and trim designer in London, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, China and most recently, NYC, where she was designing for a supplier to Victoria’s Secret. Her debut, co-authored, book The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie was published last October. She lives in The Black Mountains with her husband and daughter.

Threads and fabrics provided. Lunch, coffee and Tea. £70

To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 736430 or email

Explore the process of drypoint etching using clear acrylic sheets. By drawing, scratching and inking up you can create fine sensitive lines and dynamic tonal ranges. Processes that can be used on your kitchen table. Adrienne will bring images to inspire you or you can bring your own sketch books and drawings to work from.

Adrienne is a highly experienced artist printmaker and educator.

Materials provided. Lunch, coffee and Tea. £70

To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 736430 or email

The Chapel’s first ‘cupping’ or tasting event. Coffee connoisseurs and the coffee curious alike come and increase your knowledge of the subtle nuances and flavour profiles of individual beans from around the globe, testing your taste sensation and aroma identification skills. Our expert roasters from Carvetii coffee will be here to share their experience with you.

£5. Booking essential

To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 736430 or email

Take time to listen. Deeply listen. To the hidden, the undernoticed, the disregarded. Step out of the chaotic world as the Chapel becomes a liminal space of immersive shapesoundings. An experimental multi-layered site-specific sound installation with performance centred on a newly crafted baroque cello and the sounds of its making – a collaboration between artist Leona Jones, baroque cellist Siôn Dafydd Dawson, and contemporary dancer Laura Moy.

This is a free event.

Morning age 5+/ Afternoon age 10+.

Come and create a pair of insect wings based on wildlife found in Britain’s gardens and woodlands. Make a wire skeleton wing frame on which to stretch fabric or paper. Then collage, paint, decorate, embellish, stitch and applique.

Tamsin trained in textile design at Loughborough College of Art and Design, and has worked as a costume designer and maker in film and TV. She runs her own collection of costume accessories for children called IWISHIWASA. Tamsin also teaches short courses in embellishment and customizing for clothing at Central St. Martins, London.

All materials provided and refreshments. £17 each workshop

The Chapel is nearly open, the garden has one more planting to go and the kitchen is being installed next week…

Although we will not have officially opened, we didn’t want to miss this rare opportunity of hearing two great musicians in concert, so we are holding this event in the main chapel space. Come and join us for an inspiring evening, our first musical event at The Chapel.

‘…a well thought out exciting programme of fairly little known music that covers a broad spectrum of styles and musical periods. Surely it makes for a not to miss concert!’ (Cellist, Sion Dawson)

Spanish classical guitarist Agustin Maruri and British cellist Michael Kevin Jones will play in a special concert to be held at the Chapel.

The Jones Maruri duo is the only established cello guitar duo in the world. Formed in Madrid in 1990, they have since played in concerts at venues such as the Lincoln Centre, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Hancock Centre.

Agustin Maruri has received scholarships and awards towards his work as a musicologist, discovering many lost or forgotten works in the Biblioteca Nacional de Madrid, the Munich Library and the British Museum. In 1999 he started a collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the first of a series of recordings was ‘The Charm of Spain’; a collection of Spanish romantic melodies from the 19th century performing on instruments from the museum’s exclusive collection.

Cellist Michael Jones studied at Dartington College before going on to the Royal College of Music. Whilst in London he won prizes for solo and chamber music playing and was awarded a scholarship from the German Government to study cello under the great teacher Johannes Goritzki. In 2002 he recorded the complete Bach Suites for Solo Cello on a 1667 Stradivarius Violoncello for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Tickets £12 (with a glass of wine) from The Art Shop

To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 852690 or email

Another year has passed and once again it’s Food Festival time in Abergavenny. The Food Festival is the biggest in this country and won Best Event in Wales 2013. An abundance of events, demonstrations, talks, tasting tours and pop-up restaurants. Some of the stars of the show will be Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Valentine Warner, Claudia Roden and Sam & Sam Clark of ‘Moro’ to name a few.

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Ceramics (above) by Dan Hides, Dylan Bowen, James & Tilla Waters, Winchcombe Pottery and Clementina van der Walt.
Also showing this year will be work by Andrew Ludick, Daniel Smith & Arthouse.

Visit our News Page for more details.

Our ingredients this year for a delicious spread of surprises include culinary artists’ wrappings, cards, mugs and tea-cloths. Amusing foody colouring books for both children and adults.

Upstairs in the gallery & kitchen…

Piled high on our table are bowls, platters, plates and jugs by international ceramic makers. Showcasing works inspired by the colours and patterns of the urban and rural South African landscape by one of our favourite makers, Clementina van der Walt.

Running alongside is a first solo exhibition by Philippa Robbins ‘Magical Thinking’ which runs until 26th October

Outside on the street…

A Pop-Up Culinary Show

Saturday and Sunday The Art Shop presents… artists, Matt and Amanda Caines with a Pop-up Puppet Theatre. They will be selling, making, and demonstrating their puppet-making skills. Come and join in the fun and make your own puppet.
Hairpin Bend will be here on Saturday to entertain us playing traditional Irish and Welsh jigs, reels and old, old songs.

We are open all festival weekend

Saturday 9.15am-5pm / Sunday 10am-4pm

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Embroidered 2013 Event

This workshop concentrates on story-telling and creating a simple narrative through stitch, collage and appliqué. You will be using the needle both as your drawing tool and to secure found objects in place. Jessie will show each participant individually and as a group how to construct a simple 3-dimensional object from rags and found fabrics.

During the workshop you will explore your own narrative/starting points, finding ways to allow your story to unravel into the materials and object you create, this may be a wearable piece such as a brooch or equally a piece for the Wall at home.

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“I was so fascinated by how we all started with a simple little fabric scrap that Jessie provided us with, and then we all went home at the end of this workshop with something so unique to each of us” Libby Soil London 2012

Jessie studied textiles at Goldsmith College University, London

Individual and group tuition. Lunches and refreshments provided throughout the weekend. £150

To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 852690 or email

Morning Age 4 plus/ Afternoon 7 plus

Create a circus inspired headpiece or a Buffalo Bill Wild West Show inspired headdress with costume designer and maker Tamsin Thorne, using the gallery’s current exhibition ‘Where the Wonderful Happens’ as inspiration. Working with fabric, stitch and embellishment you will leave the workshop with your own handmade headpiece ready to wear!

Tamsin trained in textile design at Loughborough College of Art and Design, and has worked as a costume designer and maker in film and TV. She runs her own collection of costume accessories for children called IWISHIWASA. Tamsin also teaches short courses in embellishment and customizing for clothing at Central St. Martins, London.

All materials provided. Refreshments included. £17 each workshop.

To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 852690 or email

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Abergavenny closes its streets to traffic and fills them to the brim with wonderful, eclectic food stalls, entertainers, music, cafes and shops spilling out onto the street. Come and enjoy the weekend.

Our festival starts on Saturday 15th outside in our pop-up painting studio with Kumar Saraff, who will be painting and drawing from a still-life table of delicious foods. Come and observe a Royal Academy Schools trained artist at work.

At 1pm there will be live music by Carmina, “a superb mix of jazz, folk and celtic crossover music – taking the audience on a bewitching journey full of melodic grace and inventiveness – a brilliant band superbly fronted by vocalist Pippa Marland and guitarist Rob King” (Jack McGouran, Guinness Jazz Festival).

Inside our Food Festival Exhibitions this year are…

A Theatre of Plates – an exhibition of artist decorated vintage ceramics

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A Dinner Set for an Imaginary Banquet – A small exhibition of works on paper by Cornelia O’Donovan RCA

Beautiful and Damned – photographs by Camilla Broadbent.

Visit our exhibitions for more details.

Friends and customers come and join us at The Art Shop between 11-12am for a glass of mulled wine and hot, minced tarts. Visit our Mixed Winter Show and be entertained by Byrde, a lively, eclectic and utterly original group of musicians…

…Take 3 women, 12 recorders, 1 shawm, some Irish whistles and a bagpipe, a few bells and a string drum…add some new music, wild medieval dances and renaissance love songs and you have encountered BYRDE.

Abergavenny is celebrating a small winter festival with tutored tastings, master classes, celebrities and musicians. Come and fill your cupboards for Christmas – fresh and cured meats, poultry and game, cheese and chocolates, cakes and desserts, wines and liqueurs, ales, wines and more…

For more information on our Mixed Winter Show visit our exhibitions page online.

The simple techniques of hand embroidery and applique will be used with fragments of fabric, paper and found materials to create embroidered ’pages’. Each page will be worked on as a whole, with the possibility of binding them into a book, or for producing a series of small wall pieces that depict your own story. These may be later framed.

All basic materials are provided and Jessie will also provide a materials list of essential items for you to bring ie personal items of interest, fabric scraps, poems and sources of inspiration to help you create something unique to you.

Jessie studied textile at Goldsmith College University, London.

Individual and group tuition. Lunches and refreshments provided throughout the weekend. £150

To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 852690 or email

Buy hand printed Kitchen Utensil wrapping papers, thick linen aprons, big recipe scrap-books and textiles for your table by Jessie Chorley and Cornelia O’Donovan RCA., alongside tableware by new makers.

Listen to a blend of folk, jazz and Irish music – a live performance by acclaimed musicians Pippa Marland and Rob King ‘Carmina’. All spilling out onto the street outside our shop…

Our Festival Fete continues inside with an exhibition by Graphic designer, David Meldrum, one of the guest speakers at the Abergavenny Food Festival, who will be showing work from ‘The Food Illustrator Project’, a culinary journey he undertook last year.

See our exhibitions page for more information.

This is a free event

Morning. Age 8 plus. Calling all ’Eco Warriors, prepare for battle! Make your own set of decorative body armour using cardboard, paper and recycled packaging. Design your own personal crest or emblem and create a set of body armour embellished with 3D decoupage using collage, scraffito and paint techniques. Are you inspired by the ruthless romans, the groovy greeks, or the viscious vikings? This workshop is not just for boys, also calling out to all budding Boudiccas…

Afternoon. Age 5 plus. Junior ’Eco Warriors’ can join Tamsin in the afternoon to decorate and embellish a sword and shield set using paper, card, recycled packaging, collage and paint.

Tamsin trained in textile design at Loughborough College of Art and Design, and has worked as a costume designer and maker in film and TV. She recently launched her own collection of costume accessories for children. Tamsin also teaches short courses in embellishment and customizing for clothing at Central St. Martins, London.

Look out for ‘Wings and Petals’- another summer workshop to follow with Tamsin Thorne

All materials provided. Refreshments included. £17 each workshop

To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 852690 or email

Having recently exhibited here with his show ‘Personal Encounters’ (26th March – 14th May), Royal Academy Schools trained painter, Kumar Saraff, will run a series of intensive one-day workshops.

The first workshop is primarily for beginners and those with a little experience. You will learn how to select a basic palette of colours and brushes, gain an understanding of watercolour surfaces, and acquire enough techniques to build up confidence, enabling you to continue on your own.

The second workshop is for the more proficient painter. This will extend your current working practice, to push outside your comfort zone and embrace more complex techniques.

The final workshop in the series will be a Masterclass in watercolour, for those with a more thorough knowledge of the medium. A one-to-one tutorial, with an analysis and critique of your folio will be offered, which will enable you to improve your professional practice.

Individual and group tuition. Lunches (vegetarian) and refreshments provided throughout the day. £75

To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 852690 or email

‘The heady excitement of a garden in full bloom deserves to be celebrated, so award winning garden designer Arne Maynard will give a slide show and talk that revels in all the glories of this time of year. Ranging from the sumptuous planting of herbaceous borders, roses that tumble out of trees, wild flowers and grasses to the clipped contrasts of lawns and topiary in amongst all the full–blown abundance.’

Arne writes a regular column in Gardens Illustrated magazine.

A chance to learn the ancient and beautiful craft of stone carving with sculptor Matt Caines. You will create your own limestone relief sculpture and Matt will guide you through each stage of designing, making a clay model and the carving process itself. He will show you examples of his own pieces and discuss the work of the Eric Gill commune at Capel-y-ffin, with an introduction to the principles and techniques of lettering and stonecarving.

An intensely creative experience, Matt believes that because there are no ‘short cuts’ with carving, it brings out a very deep expression of one’s innermost self and has seen the revelatory effect it has had on students in his 11 years of teaching.

On the Friday you will spend the first half of the day modelling up ideas in clay, then transfer them to the stone in the afternoon. Saturday will cover roughing out and fine carving, and Sunday will see the completion of the carvings including sanding and polishing.

Matt Caines studied Architectural Ornament at City & Guilds School of Art, London, following a first degree in Fine Art. Recent work includes designing & carving a plaque in beech, unveiled by H.R.H The Prince of Wales; workshops at the Museum of London based on Roman artifacts and at the Sir John Soane Museum; and the restoration of Sam Wanamaker’s stone at the Globe Theatre.

Individual and group tuition, all materials inclusive. Lunches (vegetarian) and refreshments provided throughout the weekend. £250
To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 852690 or email

A psychological thriller, set in Spain and south-east Wales, on obsession and the far-reaching evils of perfectionism.

Tim is emasculated by a gang of bullies at the age of fifteen and devotes his life to revenge. He plans to build a machine which will kill each member of the gang one by one. Each death must be aesthetically beautiful, and so Tim apprentices himself to a brilliant craftsmen to acquire all the skills he needs. Then he begins to practice the perfect murder.

Jeremy Hughes was one of the first students to study for the Master’s in writing at Oxford University, from which he graduated with distinction. He was awarded first prize in the Poetry Wales competition and his poetry was shortlisted for an Eric Gregory Award.

He has published two pamphlets- Breathing For All My Birds (2000) and The Women Opposite (2004)- and has widely published poetry, short fiction and reviews in British and American periodicals.

Free event but please book as space is limited.


There are some things that all the money in the world can’t change. Callie Rogers’s six-year-old son Blake has cerebral palsy and is disabled. Although he has the widest of smiles and loves a cuddle, he can’t walk unaided, talk, or even swallow properly.

The trauma he suffered at birth, which his mother believes led to his brain being starved of oxygen, also killed his identical twin. It is likely that Blake will need care for the rest of his life.

But Callie knows that, had things been different, Blake’s path through life could have been smoothed a little. Had she been a little more shrewd with money, for example.

Callie Rogers was Britain's youngest ever Lottery millionaire after scooping £1.8m in 2003

Rogers has since squandered her fortune and wishes she had kept some back to help suppoer her disabled son (left) Pictured right with her £1.8 million prize in 2003

‘A lot of the time, I don’t care about money,’ she says. ‘I was never one for designer clothes or flash cars. But it’s my one big regret that the money isn’t here for Blake. He loves sensory stimulation. If I had that money, I’d give him the biggest sensory room you could buy.’ She certainly should have been able to. 

For 15 years ago, Callie, who had just turned 16, became the youngest Lottery millionaire in Britain, winning £1.8 million. She had, everyone assumed, set herself up for life.

It was not to be. Within less than a decade, the money was gone, frittered away on . . . well, she’s not entirely sure. There were holidays, houses — one for her mum, one for her grandparents, several for herself — and boob jobs.

There were flash cars, too — several of them bought for boyfriends who barely lingered long enough for the new-car smell to wear off. And there were drugs, although not, she insists, the £250,000 worth that has been reported. ‘That’s ridiculous,’ she says. ‘As if I could have spent that on drugs!’

All that remains of that massive, life-changing windfall is money tied up in her grandparents’ home, which is theirs for their lifetime. Then it will revert to her.

Callie Rogers spent some of her lottery winnings on a boob job

‘It’s in a trust,’ she says, a little vague on the details. ‘But it does mean I haven’t lost it all. There will be something for my children.’

What else will there be? Well, from here the legacy looks rather pitiful. This week came the latest instalment in what can only be described as Callie’s car-crash life: she was in court to give evidence against two acquaintances who beat her up in an ugly incident last year.

The pair — Marie Hinde, 37, and Jade Quayle, 26 — had been dog-sitting at the home of Callie’s then-boyfriend, and when she headed there in a taxi after a night out, a scene developed. She was dragged around the living room ‘like a rag doll’ and needed hospital treatment.

Callie Rogers (pictured left, and right, on ITV's This Morning) was left needing hospital treatment after being beaten up by two dogsitters, a court heard

The pair are now facing jail after admitting the assault. The case, at Carlisle Crown Court, was adjourned for sentencing on September 14. Today, she talks of her nose having been broken, and seems shaken by the ferocity of the attack.

But it’s not the first attack she has endured. Our conversation is littered with examples of times she has been attacked in the street, or targeted by one-time friends (she uses the inverted commas air sign when she utters the word).

There are lurid stories of her windows being ‘put in’ and paint daubed on her property.

Is this linked to her Lottery win? She certainly thinks so. ‘It meant that suddenly everyone knew who I was. Everyone wanted a bit.’

There is little outward sign of her one-time wealth now, though. Today, Callie lives with her son, Blake, and his two-year-old sister, Georgia, in a small cul-de-sac in Workington, Cumbria, in a modest house rented for £400 a month.

She shops at Asda, works as a carer (since her Lottery loss she worked as a cleaner, then went back to college to study social care). While not exactly on the breadline, she admits that, like most single mums, she has to budget all the time.

‘My kids don’t want for anything,’ she says. ‘At the end of the month there is usually enough for a few treats, but I couldn’t go out and buy a new car tomorrow. If I want a holiday, I have to save.’

That it has not been an easy life since her win, money aside, is patently obvious.

She has two older children, Kian and Debony — aged 13 and 11 — who do not live with her (although she sees them every week). Their father has custody. The reason? In 2009, when the money was still there, but much depleted, Callie hit rock bottom. She attempted suicide not once, but twice, in the years after her win.

Callie Rogers in 2003 with boyfriend Gary Fidler and foster parents Ray and Sheila Holmes. At the time of her win, she was living in Cockermouth, Cumbria and working in Co-op

Would any troubled 16-year-old have done better with the money, though? Should teenagers even be put in that position? ‘I don’t think any 16-year-old should be able to win the Lottery, because at that age you just aren’t equipped for it,’ she says. ‘And you can’t do any other gambling until you are 18. Why is the Lottery different?

‘I was buying houses when I didn’t have the first idea about the responsibilities involved. I didn’t know how to pay a bill because I’d never had to. I didn’t know what council tax was.

‘I’d go as far as to say anyone under 21 should have a win like that given to them in stages, like in America.’

Even today, however, Callie still isn’t a natural with money. During our interview, she answers a knock at the door and has a conversation with a woman about missed payments.

Someone wanting money? ‘It’s nothing,’ she says. ‘Just the sofa I’m paying up. I lost my bank card and I just have to sort the direct debit.’ She jokes: ‘I’m always losing my bank card. I’m a bit dippy like that.’

You have to be very dippy indeed to lose £1.8 million, though

Understandably, she is somewhat defensive. ‘It’s not as if I lost it in a year. It was over nine years. Look at Michael Carroll [another Lottery winner who famously squandered his fortune], he lost £9.7 million.’

Callie adds: ‘And I did have living expenses in that time. I mean, I couldn’t work because of all the attention. And it costs a lot to live. People don’t understand that.’

Nonetheless, it is a staggering amount to lose by any standards.

‘Yeah, I lost it, but it doesn’t make me a loser,’ she says. ‘I’m working hard now to provide for my kids. I might not have all that money, but I’m a happier person for it. People don’t believe that, but it’s true. I was never even interested in money.’

To understand what went wrong with Britain’s youngest Lottery winner, you have to go back and look at Callie’s life beforehand.

It was dysfunctional to say the least. Her parents split when she was young, and her mum was an alcoholic. She describes herself as a ‘very angry teenager’, and ended up in care.

Ironically, though, by her 16th birthday she had found a certain stability, living with Brian and Sheila Holmes, foster parents she adored.

‘Looking back, I was really happy. I had a job [she was working in her local Co-op, earning £3.60 an hour]. I was enjoying going out with my mates when I got paid. I was fine.’

It all changed on that June evening when, dog-sitting at a friend’s house, she checked her Lottery numbers.

‘I thought I had five. I couldn’t believe it.’ She now wishes she had landed five numbers, rather than six. ‘It would have been a manageable amount,’ she says.

The clues that all would not go well were there even then. She recalls that her boyfriend at the time was on the phone to all and sundry. ‘I remember hearing him say he had won £1.8 million. We hadn’t even been together that long. I thought: “You haven’t won anything, mate.” ’

Perhaps if she had been from a more stable background, Callie would have done things very differently. But what she did next was, with hindsight, catastrophic.

She appeared at a press conference, dressed in a mini-skirt, being publicly hailed as Britain’s youngest Lottery winner. Why did she tick the ‘yes’ box to publicity?

‘I didn’t,’ she insists. ‘I didn’t know I had an option. I just opened my front door and the photographers were there. From then, I couldn’t walk down the street.’

Her memory of the weeks that followed is hazy. She talks of someone from Camelot arriving with a suitcase with £3,000 in it, and then being helped to open a private banking account.

Callie had never been further than Blackpool when those numbers came up, but suddenly, she was heading to Greece for a holiday with her mum. It was a disaster.

‘I hated it. I wanted to come home. Camelot arranged for me to come back and I remember flying first class — the first and last time I’ve ever done that.

‘I hated that, too. There were all these men in suits and me in my joggers. I thought: “What the bloody hell am I doing here?” ’

Soon, she bought herself and her mum a house and then started handing out money to her wider circle. She makes mock-quotes with her fingers as she says ‘friends’. It sounds rather like locusts descending.

‘It was my own fault. Some lad said he owed £13,000 and was going to be in trouble if he didn’t pay it, so I paid it. I was handing out £200 here, £300 there, sometimes more.’

Gifts or loans? She shrugs. She didn’t keep records. ‘My grandparents were doing a clear out recently and they gave me a box of stuff. There were old cheque books in it. I couldn’t believe the cheques I had written for people.

‘I remember sitting in a room drinking and people were using my card to buy MacBooks.’

So, is this the ultimate case of getting in with the wrong crowd? Certainly her choice of boyfriends is questionable. In August 2003, she met unemployed Nicky Lawson, who went on to father her first two children. Together they ploughed through the cash.

There was a boob job or two. There were lavish holidays, more cars, designer gear for the children. But there were also drugs. Back then, she was painted by some as an out-of-control cocaine addict.

‘I was never addicted,’ she says. ‘It was recreational stuff. It looks worse than it was.’

Marie Hinde, 37 (right) and Jade Quayle, 26, (left) kicked punched and stamped on the 31-year-old

She rejects that £250,000 figure, but can’t put a number on what she actually spent. On anything.

There may be an element of distancing herself from the blame here, but she says she was never interested in the money, only in ‘getting people to love me’.

When I ask about the good times, she has to think.

‘I mean, there were some. I’ll never forget being able to take the kids to Disney. That was amazing. And going diving at a coral reef in the Bahamas. That was good. But inside, I really wasn’t happy. The problem was with me.’

By 2009, her relationship with Nicky was over and she wanted her life to be, too. ‘There was still some money. I still owned a few houses, but I lost my kids. I didn’t want to live.’

Incredibly, at this point she struck up a friendship with another Lottery winner who contacted her after his big win. ‘He lived down South. He won £8 million. He wanted my advice — probably about how not to do it,’ she says.

She went to stay with him for a week, ‘to get my head cleared’. He wanted a relationship, she says. ‘But I wasn’t interested. He was a lovely guy, but no.’

Most would leap at the chance of finding love with a ‘lovely guy’ who happened to be a multi-millionaire. ‘I didn’t want his money.’ She says her ‘fight back’ began in 2010, when she met Paul Penney, a fireman who went on to become father of Blake and Georgia. ‘He was different because he didn’t care that I’d been a millionaire.’

By 2011, she was pregnant with twins, but was devastated to lose Mason at birth.

So much of her life has been a car crash, and it still doesn’t seem stable. She and Paul split last year, and there is a new boyfriend, Tom, a joiner, ‘although we aren’t rushing it. He doesn’t live here’.

Dog sitters Hinde (right) and Quayle (left) pictured together

She’s still naive about money. Chatting about the split, she says the house she and Paul owned — ‘I put down the £30,000 deposit. It was the last of my money’ — is now his. Wasn’t it in joint names? ‘No, just his, because he was earning so it was easier with the mortgage,’ she says.

‘But it’s OK because that house will go to the kids one day.’

What of all those people who could have helped but didn’t? ‘It wasn’t their fault,’ she says. ‘I was 16. I thought I knew best!’

She says she is ‘closer than ever’ now to her mum. And what about her foster parents?

‘I should get back to see them. But I feel I let them down.’

Now, it is all about her children. She wants to teach them the value of money, she says, without a hint of irony.

‘I’ll teach them that you have to work hard to earn your money.’

And equally hard to keep it.



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