Hay Festival 2022 – Music

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Event 15

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Kate Rusby

Celebrating 30 Years on Tour

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Kate Rusby is often hailed as the ‘first lady of folk’. Announcing herself to the music press in 1999 with a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize, she has forged an impressive 30-year career, breaking records and headlining everywhere from the Royal Albert Hall to Cambridge Folk Festival.

A remarkable interpretive singer, Kate’s soulful vocals resonate with the wistful beauty of an earthbound angel. Inhabiting a lyric with unforced conviction – no matter how old or how modern – she has that rare ability to transport her audience, touching them emotionally and making each tune live vividly within their experience and imagination.

You’re sure to be thoroughly entertained by Kate’s choice of much-loved classics from her back catalogue stretching over the past 30 years of music making, together with a selection of fresh songs from her most recent albums and new releases. Rusby’s wondrous singing, hugely engaging Yorkshire wit and the intuitive support of the band ensure a truly remarkable and unforgettable concert experience.

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Kate Rusby

Event 36

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Danilo Pérez

In Concert

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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A Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer, educator and social activist, Danilo Pérez is one of the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. His music blends Panamanian roots with elements of Latin American folk music, jazz, European impressionism, West Africa, and other musical heritages that seek harmony as a multi-dimensional bridge among peoples.

As a solo artist and collaborator with jazz giants ranging from Dizzy Gillespie to Wayne Shorter, he has been hailed as one of the most creative forces in contemporary music.

Pérez is the paragon of an international jazz citizen and visionary leader who believes that a united global perspective for the arts and social justice is key to moving humanity forward in harmony. Currently, he serves as a UNESCO Artist For Peace, Cultural Ambassador to the Republic of Panama, and Founder and Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival and Berklee Global Jazz Institute.

His latest release Crisálida opens new formations that explore all dimensions of the process of creation. In this search for the unexpected, Pérez brings Global Jazz Womxn from the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute. He visualizes Crisálida as a protected multicultural platform where we can creatively address issues of immigration, climate change, environmental justice and social justice. Global Jazz Womxn are Patricia Zárate Pérez from Chile on sax, Francesca Remigi from Italy on drums and Ciara Paula Moser from Austria on electric bass.

90 minutes without an interval
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Danilo Pérez

Event 44

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Jeremy Denk ​talks to Paul Keene

Every Good Boy Does Fine: A Love Story, in Music Lessons

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Pianist Jeremy Denk traces his implausible journey to world renown, illustrating his reflections with musical interludes on piano in this unique event.

From precocious and temperamental six-year-old piano prodigy in New Jersey he progressed via New Mexico, far from classical music’s nerve centres, past a bewildering cast of college music teachers and a series of humiliations and triumphs, to find his way as one of the world’s greatest living pianists, a MacArthur ‘Genius’, and a frequent performer at Carnegie Hall.

Unusually, Denk is willing to explore both the joys and miseries of artistic practice. Hours of daily repetition, mystifying early advice, pressure from parents and teachers who drove him on – and an ongoing battle of talent against two enemies: boredom and insecurity. He composes a fraught love letter to the act of teaching, examining what motivates both student and teacher, locked in a complicated and psychologically perilous relationship. He explores how classical music is relevant to ‘real life’ and reminds us that music is our creation, and that we need to keep asking questions about its purpose.

As young man, Paul Keene quickly realized that no one would pay to hear him play the piano, so he’d have to make a living by paying others to do so. Since then, he’s spent 25 years programming classical concerts with most of the world’s major artists and orchestras, latterly at London’s Barbican Centre.

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Jeremy Denk ​talks to Paul Keene

Event 52

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Poetry and Harp with Chris Tutton and Anne Denholm

Lunchtime Concert: Imaginary Landscapes

Venue: Swan Hotel
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A special event featuring words and improvised music with leading poet, author and raconteur Chris Tutton and harpist Anne Denholm.

Chris Tutton has published seven critically acclaimed collections of poetry. Named by Ned Sherrin as “the master of the short poem”, his work has also been described as “absolutely beautiful” by Alexander Waugh, with the Sunday Times lauding its “dramatic passion and dignity”.

Anne Denholm is one of the leading British harpists of her generation and served as Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, 2015–2019. She has earned a strong reputation for her interpretations and powerful engaging performances across a variety of musical fields, and in 2020 was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

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Poetry and Harp with Chris Tutton and Anne Denholm

Event 64

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

BBC Radio 4: Add to Playlist

Venue: Marquee
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Come and join Cerys Matthews and Jeffrey Boakye as they continue their musical journey of discovery in Hay, with special guests. Explore the surprising delights of where it takes us as they create a playlist with each track chosen for its musical connections with the previous one. From Jacques Brel to Beyoncé, or Rimsky-Korsakov to Britney Spears. Discover obscure compositions you may never have heard, or learn more about those pop bangers you just can’t get out of your head. Their guests include tenor Wynne Evans and the electronic producer and performer Rachel K Collier.

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BBC Radio 4: Add to Playlist

Event 65

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

BBC Radio 3: The Listening Service

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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Tom Service brings his hugely popular Radio 3 programme The Listening Service to Hay Festival 2022. Each week Tom creates a fantastic aural spectacle as he takes his ideas on an ear-opening and mind-expanding walk through the musical cosmos. The fun lies in Tom’s fearless interplay with the music. He creates connections across music genres to reveal a world where Miley Cyrus and Mozart, Herbie Hancock and Franz Schubert often collide. Today the subject is the Cadenza. Tom is joined at the piano by the brilliant pianist, thinker and writer Jeremy Denk as they put that technically brilliant musical flourish through its paces.

Free but ticketed
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BBC Radio 3: The Listening Service

Event 79

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Sir Bryn Terfel, Rebecca Evans, Trystan Llŷr Griffiths and Leah-Marian Jones

Platinum Jubilee Concert

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Join our firmament of Welsh stars for a sublime evening of Mozart, Handel, Vivaldi and haunting Welsh songs with the festival chamber orchestra conducted by Gareth Jones (Hallé, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Proms in the Park).

Soprano Rebecca Evans is a Grammy Award-winning artist whose concert appearances include the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals and the BBC Proms. Tenor Trystan Llŷr Griffiths has sung with Opéra National de Lorraine, Zürich Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North and Welsh National Opera. Mezzo-soprano Leah-Marian Jones is long established on the stages of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and Opera North. And bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel has established an extraordinary career, performing regularly on the prestigious concert stages and opera houses of the world.

Two 40-minute parts with an interval
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Sir Bryn Terfel, Rebecca Evans, Trystan Llŷr Griffiths and Leah-Marian Jones

Event 96

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Maki Sekiya and Ilya Chetverikov

Lunchtime Concert: Hay Music

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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Maki Sekiya wowed Hay Music audiences in 2021 and returns to Hay, this time with her pianist husband Ilya Chetverikov, in a programme spanning reflective and highly dramatic music for two pianos by French and Russian composers of the early 20th century. The programme features Debussy’s Blanc et Noir (1915), 2nd movement, Lent. Sombre; Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (1913), arranged for two pianos by the composer: Parts 1 & 2: Adoration of the Earth, The Sacrifice; and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances Op 45 (1940), 2nd & 3rd movements: Andante con moto; Tempo di Valse and Lento assai – Allegro vivace.

Rachmaninov and Stravinsky were born within a few years of each other and had similar musical backgrounds. Oddly both suffered notorious first performances of early major pieces – the scandal around first performance of The Rite of Spring in 1913 is well documented but the first performance of Rachmaninov’s First Symphony some 20 years earlier was also considered a failure and the careers of both composers were significantly influenced by these experiences. Debussy, who was 20 years older than Stravinsky, first met him in 1910 and, despite very different aesthetics, they hugely respected each other’s music.

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Maki Sekiya and Ilya Chetverikov

Event 122

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Penguin Cafe

In Concert

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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Following in the footsteps of his father, Simon Jeffes of the iconic Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Arthur Jeffes formed Penguin Cafe with a brand new line-up in 2009, bringing together a talented array of musicians to create a new generation Penguin Collective. Arthur, a talented composer in his own right, quickly began to create new and unique genre-defying music, with the philosophy of the Penguin Cafe always in his mind. The group have toured internationally and released an album, Handfuls of Night, to great acclaim. This concert promises an evening of sinuous, spellbinding sound.

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Penguin Cafe

Event 123

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Inua Ellams’ RAP Party

Venue: Starlight Stage
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What parallels are there between contemporary poetry and spoken word movements and hip hop’s past, present and future? Come chill and find out at the RAP (Rhythm And Poetry) Party, a nostalgic, no-clutter, no-fuss night of hip hop-inspired poems and favourite hip hop songs.

This special Hay Festival edition features event founder Inua Ellams and long-time friend and collaborator Theresa Lola going head-to-head, back-to-back, with DJ Sid Mercutio on the decks.

Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright and performer. Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian poet, writer and editor.

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Inua Ellams’ RAP Party

Event 129

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

James Runcie with Irène Duval

The Great Passion

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The St Matthew Passion is one of the greatest pieces of music ever written. But what was it like to play and sing and hear it for the first time? James Runcie, author of The Grantchester Mysteries, talks about the imaginative research involved in writing his new novel The Great Passion, the story behind the composition, rehearsal and first performance of Bach’s masterpiece in April 1727. This event is interspersed with Bach’s D minor partita performed by brilliant young French violinist Irène Duval.

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James Runcie with Irène Duval

Event 136

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Aleksey Semenenko and Sam Haywood

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert 1

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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The first of four recitals broadcast from Hay this week, presented by BBC Radio 3 presenter Sarah Walker. Aleksey Semenenko (violin) and Sam Haywood (piano) perform a programme featuring Dvořák's Sonatina for violin and piano in G, Op 100, Maria Theresia von Paradis' Sicilenne, Amanda Maier's Violin Sonata in B minor and Sarasate's Introduction and Tarantella.

Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please arrive in good time.
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Event 151

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

BBC Radio 3: This Classical Life

Venue: Marquee
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Jess Gillam brings her award-winning radio show and podcast to Hay Festival. Jess’s guest is the internationally acclaimed trumpeter Alison Balsom, and they sit down for a listening party with the Festival audience to chat about the music and tracks they love the most.

Unreserved seating
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BBC Radio 3: This Classical Life

Event 152

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Max Boyce talks to Carolyn Hitt

Hymns & Arias

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Max Boyce celebrates the publication of the best of his selected poems, songs and stories with award-winning journalist Carolyn Hitt. When ‘Hymns and Arias’ rang out at Cardiff Arms Park some fifty years ago, the great Welsh anthems had found a companion and the valleys of South Wales had produced a new folk hero. Max Boyce captures the spirit and the story of the people of Wales with a warmth and charm that has made his words and music resonate with a worldwide audience. There is only one Max. Join him as he discusses his remarkable career.

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Max Boyce talks to Carolyn Hitt

Event 156

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

In Concert

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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Who is to blame for the worldwide phenomena of ukulele orchestras and ukulelemania?

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain! Tap your toes with the royalty of the ukulele scene, the independent rock-stars of the ‘bonsai guitar’, who have plucked and sung, joked and whistled with Clean Bandit, Robbie Williams, Madness, Cat Stevens, the Ministry of Sound and Blue Peter. The world’s very first Ukulele Orchestra is not just about ukuleles; it is about entertainment, joy, fun, strum and artistry.

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George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Event 172

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Mithras Piano Trio and Gary Pomeroy

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert 2

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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In the second of four BBC Radio 3 lunchtime recitals broadcast from Hay during the Festival week, presented by BBC Radio 3 presenter Sarah Walker, the Mithras Piano Trio and Gary Pomeroy (viola) play a programme featuring Dvořák’s Piano Quartet in D, Op 23 and Mahler’s Piano Quartet.

Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please arrive in good time.
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Event 173

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Justin Webb talks to Sophie Raworth

The Gift of a Radio

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Justin Webb’s childhood was far from ordinary. “The TV news came on and a lugubrious-looking chap in a light coloured suit with a deep, plummy voice said something about the balance of payments. ‘That’s your father’, my mother said, quite unprompted.”

Between his mother’s undiagnosed psychological problems and his step-father’s untreated ones, life at home was dysfunctional at best. But with gun-wielding school masters and substandard living conditions, Quaker boarding school wasn’t much better. And the backdrop to this coming of age story? Britain in the 1970s. Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and Free. Strikes, inflation and IRA bombings. A time in which attitudes towards mental illness, parenting and masculinity were worlds apart from the attitudes we have today. A society that believed itself to be close to the edge of breakdown.

On radio and television, Justin Webb comes across as one of this country’s most relaxed and affable broadcasters. His moving and frank memoir tells a different story of a childhood defined by loneliness, the absence of a father and the grim experience of a Quaker boarding school. He gives a perceptive account of Britain in the 1970s when the country was at its most stagnant and grey. He talks to broadcaster and journalist Sophie Raworth about his story of hope and how the gift of a radio changed the life of an unhappy little boy and put him on the road to becoming one of Britain’s most trusted journalists.

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Justin Webb talks to Sophie Raworth

Event 189

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Sinéad Gleeson, Catherine Loveday and Jude Rogers in conversation

The Sound of Being Human

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Irish Book Award-winning writer Sinéad Gleeson is co-editor of This Woman’s Work: Essays On Music. Neuropsychologist Catherine Loveday is author of The Secret World of the Brain. Journalist Jude Rogers’ The Sound of Being Human: How Music Shapes Our Lives explores how music shapes us from before birth to later life through her own personal, emotional story. They explore how music moulds our memories and identities in fascinating ways.

Sinéad Gleeson is co-editor of This Woman’s Work: Essays On Music. Neuropsychologist Catherine Loveday is author of The Secret World of the Brain. Journalist Jude Rogers’ The Sound of Being Human: How Music Shapes Our Lives explores how music shapes us from before birth. They explore how music moulds our memories and identities in fascinating ways.

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Sinéad Gleeson, Catherine Loveday and Jude Rogers in conversation

Event 194

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

In Concert

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Multi-award-winning duo Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita tour the UK in 2022 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their inspiring musical collaboration which combines Wales and Senegal, harp and kora, the classical and traditional, different cultures and common humanity.

The occasion is marked by the duo’s release of their third album Echo in May 2022, the tender triumph of an extraordinary partnership, described as “one of the most popular world music acts of this decade” (Songlines), that has thrilled audiences in their thousands.

Catrin plays the harp, and Seckou the West African kora, two instruments sharing an ancient history of storytelling and courtly entertainment passed down through generations. Inspired by their own connections and roots, Catrin and Seckou create something entirely their own, presenting a unique dialogue of cultures and a musical alliance of rare empathy.


Their previous two albums, Clychau Dibon (2013) and Soar (2018), have won multiple awards and Catrin and Seckou were named Best Duo/Band at the most recent BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their atmospheric magic crosses genre boundaries, from folk and world to classical and contemporary as their fingers flow like opposing tributaries into a single river of sound.

A Mwldan production.

Bydd y ddeuawd gwobrwyedig Catrin Finch a Seckou Keita yn teithio’r DU yn 2022 i ddathlu pen-blwydd yn ddeg oed eu cydweithrediad cerddorol ysbrydoledig sy’n cyfuno Cymru a Senegal, y delyn a'r kora, y clasurol a’r traddodiadol, diwylliannau gwahanol a dynoliaeth gyffredin.

Caiff yr achlysur ei farcio dwy rhyddhau Echo, trydydd albwm y deuawd ym mis Mai 2022, buddugoliaeth dyner partneriaeth hynod, a ddisgrifir fel “un o actau cerddoriaeth byd mwyaf poblogaidd y degawd hwn” (Songlines), sydd wedi gwefreiddio cynulleidfaoedd yn eu miloedd.

Mae Catrin yn canu’r delyn, a Seckou y kora o Orllewin Affrica, dau offeryn yn rhannu hanes hynafol o adrodd straeon ac adloniant llys a drosglwyddwyd ar hyd cenedlaethau. Wedi’u hysbrydoli gan eu cysylltiadau a’u gwreiddiau eu hunain, mae Catrin a Seckou yn creu rhywbeth sy'n gwbl bersonol iddyn nhw, gan gyflwyno deialog unigryw o ddiwylliannau a chynghrair gerddorol o empathi prin.

Mae eu dau albwm blaenorol, Clychau Dibon (2013) a Soar (2018), wedi ennill sawl gwobr a chafodd Catrin a Seckou eu henwi fel Deuawd/Band Gorau yng Ngwobrau Gwerin diweddaraf BBC Radio 2. Mae eu hud atmosfferig yn croesi ffiniau genre, o werin a byd i glasurol a chyfoes wrth i’w bysedd lifo fel llednentydd gwrthwynebol i mewn i un afon o sain.

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Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

Event 207

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Mithras Piano Trio

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert 3

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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In the third of four BBC Radio 3 lunchtime recitals broadcast at Hay Festival this week, presented by BBC Radio 3 presenter Sarah Walker, the Mithras Piano Trio play Dvořák's Piano Trio No 3 in F minor, Op 65 and Shulamit Ran's Soliloquy.

Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please arrive in good time.
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