St Briavels Music Society

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Wye Valley Music

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The story of Wye Valley Music starts some forty years ago in the small village of St†Briavels, where villagers started to play music in one another's houses and formed a society to foster interest and support. It developed as St†Briavels Music Society and over the years started promoting public concerts by students and amateur musicians.

Photo of Wye Valley from Symonds Yat Rock

Wye Valley at Symonds Yat

In due course the society evolved and concerts were increasingly given by professional performers, talented artists who were starting to make their names nationally and internationally.

Following the gift of a new concert grand piano in 2005, the Society boosted the standard (and the fees) of the artists it promoted and adjusted its ticket prices accordingly. Audiences grew, proving that there is real demand for live classical music performed to a high standard by well-chosen professional musicians.

The success of the society has encouraged it to make its concerts available to a wider public and to help communicate this it has now adopted the name Wye Valley Music.

In 2010 it is using three venues and promoting some 12 concerts. At least one of these will for a larger group performing in the larger Wyastone Concert Hall, in contrast to the smaller groups that it has promoted in the past.

In 2000 a separate group of professional musicians - though many of them with strong personal connections to the area - started to give high quality chamber music performances to the Wye Valley too, setting up up the Wye Valley Chamber Music. Every January since then the Festival has put on concerts in St Briavels, Monmouth, Hereford and elsewhere. More recently the same group introduced the September Series, two or three concerts presented in St Briavels and other local venues.

Wye Valley Music provides extensive support to the January Festival and to the September concerts, helping with planning and preparation and with the actual presentation of the concerts 'on the night'. A merger between the two groups was considered in 2008 but they decided to remain separate and Wye Valley Music continues to support the January Festival and September Series concerts in as many ways as possible.