Friday 12 May

Ensemble Eos: Music for Wind & Piano

The concert includes Peter Reynolds’ Nocturnes for Wind Quintet and works by Burtch and Ibert. It has as a centrepiece Mozart’s much loved Quintet for piano and wind, a masterpiece of true chamber intimacy.
Jeremy Fisher-Piano, Wendy Quinlan-Flute, Ruth Watson-Oboe, Sara Temple-Clarine, Mark Kane-Horn, Peter Morgan-Bassoon
The Ensemble Eos is run by the charity Crwth.
Assembly Rooms, Market Hall Presteigne 7.30pm
Tickets on the door £12 / £10 / £5
Promoted by The Ensemble Eos

Sunday 14 May

Swift Conservation Talk by Peta Sams

swift waterInspirational and informative talk about the importance of providing habit and food sources for the much loved swift, whose numbers have declined by 30% over the last decade. The talk includes information about work elsewhere in the UK and across Europe, and some amazing success stories.
Assembly Rooms, Market Hall Presteigne 3pm
Tickets £5 Courtyard Antiques, The Workhouse &

Saturday 10 June

Book launch: The Wildlife Roleplay Book by Jenny Ogden

summerC8 BLUETITWildlife Roleplay is a fun way for children and adults alike to learn about the wild creatures which share our earth. This book is a
collection of scripted interviews with native UK wildlife, creating an opportunity to put yourself in the shoes of a dung beetle or a honeybee, and realise the problems they face because of human activity. Also learn how their existence is vital to our own survival because all living things are interconnected.
Assembly Rooms, The Market Hall Presteigne 11am Entry free
Promoted by Jenny Ogden

Sunday 11 June

Field Trip: On The Trail of The Mortimers

battle_of_pilleth_1402_by_gwilymStarting point of a tour led by Philip Hume visiting Welsh locations associated with the Mortimers including Pilleth, the scene of the battle of Bryn Glas in 1402.
Assembly Rooms, Market Hall Presteigne
Refreshments and introductory talk 10am
To book email £4 on the door
Promoted by Mortimer History Society

Thursday 22 June

MBA Annual General Meeting

Trustees’ reports for the year 2016 -17 followed by an informal social event.
Please join the MBA trustees and co-ordinator for a drink and chat about running Mid Border Arts and The Assembly Rooms, and share ideas and suggestions for the future. Everyone welcome.
Assembly Rooms, Market Hall Presteigne 8pm

Friday 14 July

The Apple’s Rounded World:
Adam Horovitz & Becky Dellow

summerlaurieThis is a performance of poetry, prose and music from Laurie Lee’s Slad Valley. It includes extracts from Cider with Rosie, poetry by Lee and that of Frank Mansell, Cotswold Balladeer and Laurie’s old drinking buddy. Adam Horovitz also reads his own poetry and that of his
parents, as well as bits from his book A Thousand Laurie Lees. These are interspersed with traditional English dance music from Becky Dellow’s hand-stitched and well worn tune book, inherited from her grandfather who played fiddle with Laurie Lee in the 1920s & 30s.
Assembly Rooms, Market Hall Presteigne 8pm
£10 Courtyard Antiques, The Workhouse, & on the door

10,11,12,13 August

Pop Up Museum Exploring Welsh
Costume and Textiles

Curated by Rosamund Black
smallwelshworkshop 2014-15 2831Exhibition featuring a number of beautiful wooden dolls made to illustrate the development and variety of regional costumes. These show the subtle differences in fabrics, petticoats, shawls, aprons, caps and hats.
There will also be full size pieces on display, including a variety of shawls and a very fine example of a silk plush Welsh Hat.
Assembly Rooms, Market Hall Presteigne
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm Entry free
Sunday 10.30am – 2pm Entry free

Sunday 13 August

Welsh Costume
Talk by Rosamund Black

Rosamund discusses the origins of Welsh costume, drawing on early illustrations and documentation.
Assembly Rooms, Market Hall Presteigne 3pm
Tickets £5 Courtyard Antiques, The Workhouse, & on the door

Friday 18 August

The Mouthpiece of the Gods

summerJohn Kenny with Deskford Carnyx - cropped

John Kenny’s solo lecture and demonstration tells the ongoing story of the reconstruction of the Carnyx, the iconic Iron Age Celtic instrument, and the evolution of the great family of lip reed instruments. Kenny’s passion is the unique interface between musical archaeology and contemporary performance and recording.
John is an internationally acclaimed trombone soloist and also plays jazz.
Assembly Rooms, Market Hall Presteigne 7.30pm
Tickets £12/£9 from &
Presteigne Festival Box Office Promoted by Knucklas17

24-29 August

Presteigne Festival

An exciting selection of films, talks and pre-concert conversations at The Assembly Rooms, Market Hall Presteigne, alongside the Festival’s music programme.
To list a few: A season of counter-culture films, curated and
introduced by Tony Lawson alongside local writer and broadcaster Ian Marchant’s talk The Strange Death of the Counter Culture.
Anthropologist Stephen Hugh-Jones explores the musical culture of the indigenous peoples of Northwest Amazonia in
Music from Another World.
To celebrate his centenary, there is a talk on Sidney Nolan – Global Artist, considering the artist who settled close to Presteigne in the context of the 20th century international art world.
Oxford professor Daniel Grimley explores Danish music since Nielsen, and Festival composer-in-residence Edward Gregson shares A Life in Music.
Box Office 01544 267800
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Exhibition in The Assembly Rooms
A selection of artists’ work, part of Presteigne Open Studios