Sunday 20 January

Putin’s Russia: a talk by John Kendall

put copyThis talk covers John’s recent and most unusual trip to Russia, organised by Political Tours, with Angus Roxburgh, former BBC correspondent. John met a wide variety of academics, journalists, opposition politicians and ordinary citizens, some of whom were extremely frank in their criticism of Vladimir Putin.
Presteigne Assembly Rooms 3pm Fundraiser for MBA
£5 from The Workhouse &

Friday 25 January

Faith i Branko

faith smallLeading Serbian Roma violinist and UK accordionist perform high-energy original Roma/Jazz influenced music.
Branko Ristic and Faith Elliott form the core of this international quartet – combining the accordion, violin, effects pedal and tabor pipe with double bass, guitar and drums. They take the audience on a journey from melancholy Roma violin laments to storming jazz improvisation; swing, Gypsy Rumba, and Turkish influenced songs.
Presteigne Assembly Rooms 8pm
£12 from the Workhouse &

Saturday 9 February

Me and My Friends

me and friendThese talented musicians play soulful, poignant and gloriously danceable music, including vintage Ghanaian highlife, Jamaican roots and Afro-Brazilian folk. They perform with an infectious energy and the result is highly original and genre-defying.
A sublime fusion that combines pastoral dreaminess with the heat of reggae, highlife and Afrobeat sounds – Songlines Magazine.
Presteigne Assembly Rooms 8pm
£12 from the Workhouse &


Saturday 16 February


SpirosmallWith violin, accordion, mandolin and guitar, this band combine the multi-layered complexity of classical music with the melodic strength of traditional folk tunes and the simplicity and groove of modern loop-based music. Sourcing tunes that might be 500 years old, Spiro weave these melodies into the compelling new sound-world of the band’s systems-inspired arrangements.
Presteigne Assembly Rooms 8pm
£12 from The Workhouse &

Sunday 24 February

Don’t Look Now

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This film is a crowning achievement by one of Britain’s true iconoclasts and masters of cinema, Nicolas Roeg. It’s a masterpiece of colour and fractured editing, every frame bursting with meaning, emotion and mystery. The film will be introduced by long time Roeg collaborator, Tony Lawson.
The Assembly Rooms Presteigne 7.30pm
£8 The Workhouse & Fundraiser for MBA

Sunday 3 March

King Lear Retold by Debs Newbold

king mallDebs Newbold by Patrick Smets-21photo by Patrick Smets

Debs Newbold is one of the UK’s most acclaimed performance storytellers, regularly playing the Royal Opera House, the Southbank Centre and Shakespeare’s Globe. In this dark and challenging, epic and shocking, human and uplifting retelling of the legend of Lear, Debs channels her love of Shakespeare’s language to whip up a great storm that sends you hurtling into its bloody centre. HIGHLY recommended. Book early
Presteigne Assembly Rooms 8pm
£10 from the Workhouse &

Saturday 9 March

Grand Spring Sale No 3
Fabulous clothes, vintage, collectables, jumble, make-and-mend textile workshops & refreshments.
The Assembly Rooms Presteigne 10am – 2pm
£1 Admission In aid of Shelter & Help Refugees
More info : Sabina Ruber 01544 262864 & Kate Bull 01544 370637

Saturday 16 March

London Klezmer Quartet
LKQ_smallbrollyEnjoy old and new traditional Jewish music as the London Klezmer Quartet brings you the best of klezmer in a journey from the Baltic to the Black Sea – and beyond – played on violin, clarinet, accordion and double bass, and featuring the sultry vocals of Indra Buraczewska.
The Assembly Rooms Presteigne 8pm
£12 from The Workhouse &

Friday 22 March

Terence Blacker

terence-small (1)Fresh from the success of his critically acclaimed new CD Enough About Me Terence Blacker is making a return visit to the Assembly Rooms. Whether finger-picking his guitar or strumming a ukulele, his gently humorous domestic sketches are witty and touching.
A delight in every way…. precise and with compassion – a rare delicacy to be able to combine expert satire with the longing of humanity
The Assembly Rooms Presteigne 8pm
£10 from The Workhouse &

Saturday 30 March

Machaut and the Magic of the Medieval

Workshop : Dinner : Recital
Tutor & Live Loop Recital performer : Elizabeth Gutteridge
The Assembly Rooms Presteigne
Promoted by Border Marches Early Music Forum

Friday 5 April

Le Vent du Nord

le vendCombining a great stage presence with an energetic, dynamic flair, Le Vent du Nord are one of the leading names in Québecois folk music performing original songs inspired from their tradition – a truly fabulous sound!
The Québec-based quintet never fail to delight crowds with their glorious mix of fiddle and foot-tapping, guitar, accordion, piano, bass, hurdy-gurdy and wonderful four part harmonies.
The band delivers catchy songs and tunes, inspired and influenced by Québec traditional folk styles, and their well-polished musical arrangements simply enhance this uplifting repertoire.
The band consist of singers & multi-instrumentalists Nicolas Boulerice, Simon Beaudry, Olivier Demers, Réjean Brunet and new member Andre Brunet, formerly of La Bottine Souriante & De Temps Antan, and are now one of the best-loved Québec folk outfits throughout the world.
Presteigne Assembly Rooms 8pm
£12 from The Workhouse &

Sunday 7 April

Winterreise : Ilker Arcayurek
& Martin Pickard


International tenor Ilker Arcayurek and piano accompanist Martin Pickard perform Schubert’s great song cycle, Winterreise. Ilker is a finalist in the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World and regularly performs at the Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh and other international festivals. His first CD of Schubert songs was given rave reviews. He is shortly to make his USA debut. Martin is a skilled accompanist, conductor and has been Musical Director of Opera North.
This will be a real treat.
The Assembly Rooms Presteigne 8pm
£15 from The Workhouse &

Regular Events

Artists & Makers Fair

1st Saturday of the month 10am – 3pm Free Entry
A selection of high quality work from local artists and makers
working with natural materials: wood, wool, stone, paper & paint.
Promoted by Radnorshire Arts & Crafts Foundation

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