Hay Madrigals, founded in February 2019, are a group experienced amateur, professional and semi-professional singers and instrumentalists who love making music together. We perform not just madrigals but short masses, motets and other secular pieces, as well as solos and duets, from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

Recent concerts have included the Vivaldi Gloria, short masses by Mozart and Haydn, duets by Handel and Marcello; and we also perform wonderful music by lesser-known composers such as Valentin Rathgeber and Josef Aumann, as well as Mediaeval repertoire. Some clips of our performances are on our page, along with up-to-date information about our next performances.

We are based at St Mary’s Church, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5EB, and most of our concerts are there. However, we have also performed at St Faith’s, Dorstone; St John and St Alkmund, Aymestrey; Yatton Court; Tretower Court, Hay Castle, and more informally, other places such as the Hay market square.

If you would like to discuss putting on a fund-raising concert in your church, village hall, or elsewhere; or if you would like us to provide music in your historic building – anything from a full concert to some historically-appropriate background music, in costume if you like – please get in touch.

We are a small group, and plan to stay that way. However we do have openings from time to time so if you are interested in singing or playing with us, please get in touch.


For up-to-date information about our activities, see us on

Who we are

Artistic Director

Lucy Green    Read Biography »


Paul Sweeting    Read Biography »

Players, including past and present

Steve Jones (violin), Anne Morgan (violin), Fearghus Cooper (viola da gamba), Donald Ellman (chamber organ/harpsichord), June Emmerson (violin), Steve Heavens (bass viol), Robert Bunting (chamber organ and harspichord), Valerie Whiston (chamber organ), Lucy Green (harpsichord, hurdy-gurdy), Jane Symonds (oboe).

Singers, including past and present

Philippa Alexander, Janice Day, June Emmerson, Lucy Green, Catherine Hughes, Jenny Sully, Christina Watson, David Bartlett, Stephen Goodridge, Steve Isaacson, Barrie Magill, Richard Martin, Michael Molecey, Drew Morton, Paul Sweeting, Terry Watson, John Wren.