Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Hereford College of Arts presents a vibrant 2017 Summer Show of student talent

The annual Hereford College of Arts Summer Show will open to the public at 11am on Saturday 10th June.  The exhibition showcases the artistic achievements of final year students across 8 BA (Hons) degree courses, plus the Foundation Diploma, Extended Diploma, and Diploma in Art and Design.  This year, for the first time, the exhibition will be accompanied by an exciting range of events designed to introduce visitors to HCA and the variety of programmes on offer.

The Summer Show has a strong reputation for presenting original and inspiring creative work from the college’s talented graduates.  Thousands of visitors attend every year to see work from disciplines including: painting, photography, film, fine art, textiles, illustration, 3D contemporary crafts, jewellery, forged metal, graphics, music, performing arts and digital media.  The exhibition is also a celebration for students, as they reflect on how much their artistic practice has developed and grown, and as they prepare to progress to exciting new opportunities.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Hereford College of Arts collaborates with renowned local children’s writer

A powerful new performance about refugee children is being created especially for this year’s Hay festival. Hereford College of Arts BA (Hons) Performing Arts students have collaborated with local children’s author Nicola Davies and Herefordshire’s innovative Open Sky Theatre Company to produce the piece.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Hereford College of Arts launches Brian Hatton Young Artist Competition

Hereford College of Arts are inviting young creative adventurers to celebrate the life and work of the Herefordshire artist Brian Hatton, by entering their celebratory competition. The Brian Hatton Young Artist competition is open to anyone aged 5 – 16 years of age who have a passion for the arts, with prizes of up to £750 to be awarded to schools and category winners.

Hereford College of Arts Illustration student shortlisted for Penguin Random House Student Design Award

Hereford College of Arts is thrilled to announce that BA (Hons) Illustration student Max Low has been included in a shortlist of 10 students for the Adult Fiction Cover Award 2017.

Max designed  a wrap-around cover  for the classic novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee, as part of the college submission to the annual competition. This is the first time a student from HCA has reached the short-list. He will now go up against nine other student designers before the winner is announced in June.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Hereford College of Arts; Artist Blacksmithing work featured in international exhibition

Hereford College of Arts is delighted to announce that work from staff and students from their BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing degree will be featured in an international touring exhibition starting at the Ruthin Craft Centre at the end of this month.  Fifteen internationally recognised metal artists will have their work displayed in the ‘Forge’ exhibition, including current HCA student Leszek Sikon who came from Poland to study in Hereford. Recent Arts College graduate Christian Vaughan Jones will also have work featured, alongside Artist Blacksmithing lecturer Ambrose Burne.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Competion: Win bouquet of flowers and pamper yourself at a local salon

Sadies Styles Hereford
How would you like to Win a Beautiful bouquet of Flowers from Lechlade flower house for either yourself or a loved one & have a pamper in the salon with a T-section foils or a full head colour & cut worth over £50!!!

All you have to do is like & share the post, via the FB link belowto be  in with a chance of winning.

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Winner will be announced in the next couple of weeks!

Good luck

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Leominster Town Guide

Leominster is another market town on the Black and White Village Trail. Dating from the 7th century, its first recorded name is 'Llanllieni', the Welsh name meaning 'the church on the streams'. The area around Leominster has been the site of many battles; it was taken by the Welsh and then the Danes before being taken by Harold Godwinson for Edward the Confessor. In 1461 the decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses, the battle of Mortimer Cross took place a few miles from the town. Despite its turbulent past, Leominster prospered from the wool trade, owing to the superior quality of wool from its local Ryeland sheep.

Leominsterýs history can been seen thoughout the town, retaining its medieval and Tudor characteristics, narrow streets and timber framing. School Lane being a fine example. The townýs most distinctive building is the unique Grange Court, built in 1633 by John Abel, the Kingýs carpenter. Previously this Market House stood at the intersection of Broad, High and Burgess Streets and was used as a Butter market. This was until its removal in 1853 when it was sold at auction for a bargain price of ý95 and moved to its present site, where it was used as a private residence until 1939.
Grange Court Leominster

Monday, 5 December 2016

Hay-on-Wye – From Fortresses to Festivals!

Hay on Wye Castle

Internationally famous for its bookshops, Hay-on-Wye is a Welsh town close to the English border and lies within the Brecon Beacons National Park. Sitting as it does on the River Wye, making the area ideal for river activities like fishing or canoeing, the Marches town is surrounded by some of the most glorious countryside in the UK. A wide-ranging selection of Hay-on-Wye Accommodation makes Hay a superb place to visit whatever your interests.

Situated near to the Black Mountains and with Offa’s Dyke also close to hand, Hay-on-Wye is a popular base for walkers. It’s possible to get a bus (the Offa’s Dyke Flyer) up to Hay Bluff where you can lose yourself in the breath-taking views.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Abergavenny Christmas Food Festival 2016

With a huge array of the best regional speciality food producers, demonstrations from top chefs and a music and light parade, the Abergavenny Christmas Food Festival promises to be a great mix of good produce and festive cheer – all happening in and around Abergavenny’s Market Hall.  Be sure to try the sparkly Christmas cocktails this year.

Date: 11 December 2016

Live Music Golden Cross Inn December 2016

Live Music came to the Cross in 2007.  Since then Friday nights at the Cross have seen the venue become a destination for music lovers.  Be it a solo artist or a five piece band, rock to reggae - there is something for everyone !

Diary Dates:

Abergavenny Town Guide

For sporting enthusiasts, Abergavenny caters for just about everything from fishing and sailing to mountain biking and cycling, and from hang gliding and paragliding to pony trekking and walking. Golfers can play a round or two at the 18-hole Wernddu Golf Club, and swimmers can take a dip in the pool at the town’s Leisure Centre. If you have any energy left, you could play squash or badminton or try out the fitness suite here too.

Abergavenny Castle, although mostly in ruins, retains much of its curtain wall, which stretches up to where the 12th century gatehouse would have been. The castle can be found to the south of the town centre. Abergavenny Museum, detailing the town’s history as well as having temporary art exhibitions, is housed in an early 19th century hunting lodge and is free to enter.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Hereford College of Arts Summer Show

An unmissable 8 days in June!
Hereford College of Arts (HCA) students at both city campuses are currently putting together the finishing touches to their work ready to be showcased at one of the most important events in the college calendar.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Inspiring Creative Partnerships at Hay Festival

 We are popping up all over the place once again this year at Hay, with student performances, film, graphics, animation, illustration, workshops and demonstrations. Shakespeare has been a huge influence with students responding to his relevance 400 years on.

Thursday 26th May:ED Performing Arts will present an anarchic and rollicking pop-up Gambol through the site and Dance students will be flying through the air in Shakespeare inspired aerial performances.
Thursday 26th May:ED Performing Arts will present an anarchic and rollicking pop-up Gambol through the site and Dance students will be flying through the air in Shakespeare inspired aerial performances.

31st May: BA (Hons) Illustration students are delivering workshops inspired by Roald Dahl's exquisite nonsense; they are already a sell-out, building on last year's success. Throughout the festival students will be demonstrating letterpress by the bookshop to engage the Hay audience with HCA. In addition students have created artwork for the site, you can't miss it, Andrew Graham's work is 8 meters long!

We have a strong digital presence at the Festival this year with HE animation, film and motion graphics commissioned by Hay for the British Council’s Shakespeare Lives project

It is great see so many courses collaborating with Hay and we would really like to grow this partnership. If you would like to discuss how your students could get involved next year please contact Aine.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Strictly Dancing returns to Hereford

Herefordshire Cathedral, Event
Stars of television and screen, George Lamb, Fiona Fullerton and Larry Lamb, along with society jeweller Theo Fennell, were the comperes and judges for Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust’s spectacular Strictly Dancing gala and dinner last Saturday evening.

Ten couples, many of whom had never danced before in anything other than a social setting, took to the floor after three months of intense training and produced an evening with some dance routines ‘good enough to be on BBC1 on a Saturday evening’ according to one judge.

Mindy Hammond, one of the dancers and Daily Mail columnist, said ‘we have all had a great time, the room was filled with laughter and much fun was had by all’.

Phil Brace, another dancer and a long term supporter of the Perpetual Trust, said ‘we were all in it together and we supported each other when our nerves got the better of us. It is the spirit of this wonderful event that makes it such a memorable experience. It also allows us all to do our bit to support the Perpetual Trust and Hereford Cathedral.’

Following voting by the judges and audience, Wendy Tarplee Morris, best known for her work with the Little Princess Trust, and dance partner Tim Pattison were voted best dance of the evening.

‘It was an amazing evening and the first time either of us had danced in such an event but it was such a remarkable experience,’ said Wendy.

‘As dancers, we would like to thank all those who made the evening such a wonderful event, not least the sponsors BMW & Mini Cotswold Hereford who put such energy into making it special, which even including commissioning a special film showing our compere George Lamb and the Dean of Hereford arriving at the event – George even got to drive his mini onto the dance floor!’

The Perpetual Trust has already started its recruitment of dancers for Strictly Dancing 2018 and anyone interested in taking part or receiving information about the evening should contact the Perpetual Trust office.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Herefordshire Event: Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme: Thursday 30 June 2016

Herefordshire Cathedral
Herefordshire will remember the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at a special service in Hereford Cathedral on Thursday 30 June at 5.30 pm on the eve of the start of the battle, which has come to signify the horrors of the First World War.

The service, which will take the form of Choral Evensong and will be attended by the Lord-Lieutenant, will reflect on the battle and the cataclysmic events of 1916. All are welcome to attend, and not least to show our support for those families who had a relative involved in the battle.

‘At the end of June, a century will have passed since the beginning of the Somme offensive, and it will be a fitting time for us to gather to acknowledge before God the service and sacrifice of so many people from our county,’ said Canon Andrew Piper, the Precentor of Hereford Cathedral. ‘Those nineteen weeks of fierce warfare undoubtedly changed the course of history, and it is right for us to pay tribute to all those who had to bear the enormous human cost.’

During Thursday 30 June and Friday 1 July, national and local services and events will be held to commemorate the Battle of the Somme, and to provide everyone with an opportunity to remember those who fought and survived as well as those who fell during the offensive.

The Lieutenancy and the Herefordshire Council are encouraging towns and villages throughout the county to commemorate the occasion in ways which are fitting and appropriate in the context of this significant battle and the lasting effect that it has had on the lives of so many families down to the present day.

All invited to share in the commemoration in Hereford Cathedral on 30 June: no tickets will be needed.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Quality Badge for Hereford Cathedral

The education team at Hereford Cathedral have once again been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.

Every year thousands of school children from schools around the county, diocese and further afield visit the cathedral to take part in workshops, trails and events that offer an opportunity for learning beyond the classroom. These range from Tudor and Anglo Saxon days for primary school children (key stage 2), to conferences and discussion groups for older students (GCSE and sixth form students). The award means that the cathedral has passed a wide ranging assessment designed to ensure that schools' learning and risk management needs are met.

Friday, 15 April 2016

HELLENS MUSIC returns to the village of Much

Hellens music Herefordshire
HELLENSMUSIC returns to the village of Much Marcle for five days of world-class concerts and master classes in the charming setting of Hellens, one of England’s oldest manor houses. Quickly establishing its reputation for bringing the finest music to the heart of rural Herefordshire, the festival will feature performances by celebrated pianist and HELLENSMUSIC Artistic Director Christian Blackshaw and a group of exceptional musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Christian Blackshaw will give HELLENSMUSIC’s opening recital at the medieval St Bart’s Church on 19 May with a programme of works by Liszt and Schubert. The following evening Markus Däunert, Maya Iwabuchi, Máté Szücs, Bruno Delepelaire and Waldemar Schwiertz play Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Dvořák at the Great Barn in Hellens. Piano quintets by Shostakovich and Schubert complete the festival’s main programme on 21 May, with all the artists coming together at the Great Barn for a concert that will be recorded by BBC Radio 3.

In addition to the evening performances, the musicians will give solo, chamber and improvisation master classes to 11 talented students from the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama during the day as part of HELLENSMUSIC’s education programme. Funded by the Pennington Mellor Munthe Charity Trust and entirely free for the students, this week of tutoring will culminate in the festival’s final concert on 22 May. In partnership with ABF Music, there will also be music workshops for pupils from local primary and secondary schools on 18 and 20 May.

Adam Munthe, Director of HELLENSMUSIC and Chairman of the PMMC Trust, says: “HELLENSMUSIC seems to be catching on... the comments, requests, bookings already coming in are full of excitement and expectancy. It's wonderful for us to sense this enthusiasm from the internationally renowned musicians who generously come back for more each year, from the young future soloists from the music colleges coming to stay and work with us, from our local schoolchildren preparing the works they will perform, and from our generous and loyal audiences!”

Christian Blackshaw, Artistic Director of HELLENSMUSIC, says: “I am greatly looking forward to the fourth HELLENSMUSIC Festival, which will bring chamber music and master classes to the glorious Hellens Manor. I particularly anticipate meeting our great string player friends – who year after year take time from some of the world’s finest orchestras to work with us – and extend a warm welcome to Waldemar Schwartz, professor and solo double bass of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, who is joining us for the first time.”

In light of HELLENSMUSIC’s friendly spirit, festival goers are welcome to spend the day at Hellens, whether enjoying a picnic with views to the Malvern Hills at the property’s beautiful gardens or attending the student master classes, which are free and open to the general public. A tea room will be open from 12:00 and pre-concert suppers will be served in the evenings.

Tickets cost £5 to £17 and are available at Hereford Courtyard’s Box Office: 01432 340555
 Also available from local shops: Outback (Hereford), Ice Bytes (Ledbury), River Music (Ross on Wye), Premier Stores (Much Marcle)

Thursday 19 May - 8:00pm // St. Bart’s Church, Much Marcle

Christian Blackshaw, piano
Liszt - Les cloches de Genève, Vallée d'Obermann (from Années de Pèlerinage: Suisse)
Schubert - Moments Musicaux, D. 780
Liszt - Sonata in B minor, S. 178

Friday 20 May - 8:00pm // Great Barn, Hellens
Markus Däunert (violin), Maya Iwabuchi (violin), Máté Szücs (viola), Bruno Delepelaire (cello), Waldemar Schwiertz (double bass)
Beethoven - String trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 9
Mendelssohn - String quartet No. 2 in E minor, Op. 44
Dvořák - String quintet in G major, Op. 72

Saturday 21 May - 8:00 pm // Great Barn, Hellens
Christian Blackshaw (piano), Markus Däunert (violin), Maya Iwabuchi (violin), Máté Szücs (viola), Bruno Delepelaire (cello), Waldemar Schwiertz (double bass)
Shostakovich - Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57
Schubert - Piano Quintet in A major ‘The Trout’, D. 667

Sunday 22 May – 11:30am // Great Barn, Hellens

Concert with master class students from the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Master classes
Open to the public
Wednesday 18 May to Saturday 21 May – 10:30am to 1.30pm // Great Barn, Music Room, Dining Room, Haywain Barn


Evening Concerts: £17 (£5 with student concession)
Master class Concert on Sunday: £9 (Free for students)
Festival Saver: £85 with entry to all the concerts, master classes and pre-concert suppers
Master classes: Free
Pre-concert suppers: £15*
*Friday and Saturday, 6.30pm start. Advance booking required.

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Crocodile Race 8 Herefordshire

Looking for something to do on Sunday 29th May 2016. Check out the Crocodile Race 8 at Burghill Community Academy, Burghill Herefordshire.

Lots of fun going on on for all the family , prize giving, live music and great food at the Bell Inn, Tillington afterwards. Everyone Welcome!
crocodile race 8,Herefordshire

Thursday, 7 April 2016

ArtsMarkethfd is in Hereford High Town THIS SATURDAY

Hereford arts market
Shoppers....#ArtsMarkethfd is in Hereford High Town THIS SATURDAY 09 April 2016. Seriously gorgeous handmade craft and art products. sold directly by the specially selected designer makers and artists.
It's the perfect opportunity to buy a gift, treat for yourself, or make a spontaneous purchase, pop in a to take a look and support local artists and designer makers.
9am to 5pm Look out for the Arts Market flags.

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016


Wednesday 13 April will be a highlight for Hereford Cathedral Choir when it makes a prestigious live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 3.30 pm.

The broadcast of Choral Evensong will be heard by its regular audience of over a quarter of a million listeners all over the world.

Music for the service will include works by Herbert Howells, John Taverner and William Sterndale Bennett. Both Howells and Taverner pieces appear on a CD of Easter music recorded by the choir and recently released on the Regent label, which is already receiving critical acclaim in the national press.

Geraint Bowen, organist and director of music, said ‘We always look forward to these broadcasts, which now have listeners all over the world, who can access the service on the internet via the BBC’s website.’

‘A live broadcast is one of the many highlights that the choristers experience during their time in the choir. They have a fascinating day watching the setting up of the equipment, going through the various sound checks, and finally waiting for the exciting moment when the red light goes on.’

The broadcast will be repeated on Radio 3 on Sunday 19 April and will be available on the BBC iPlayer site for up to a week following the broadcast.

All are welcome at this service, which will last for about an hour: those attending are asked to be seated by 3.15 pm.

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