The calendar of events commemorating Agincourt 600 and the Welsh associations is continuing with some very special events being held in the Brecon Beacons leading up to the anniversary of the battle, 25 October 1415
14 October – 26 October Agincourt 600 Wales – Cymru Touring Exhibition, Brecon Cathedral.
21 October 7pm – 10.30pm Live Screening of RSC production of Henry V, Blake Theatre Monmouth.
Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people. Laying claim to parts of France and following an insult from the French Dauphin, Henry Gathers his troops and prepares for a war that he hopes will unite his country. RSC Artistic Director Greg Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s History Plays with Henry V. Following his performance in Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 Alex Hassell returns as Henry V. Tickets Adult £13, Concessions £12 can be booked online or on door. http://theblaketheatre.org/
24 October 7pm-11pm Medieval Banquet at Caldicot Castle to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt.
Commemorating the victorious Battle of Agincourt, Caldicot Castle is hosting a medieval banquet with the Plantagenets and the Monmouthshire Minstrels. Book your seat at the table and come in Medieval dress to mark this memorable occasion.
Musicians, ladies and knights, transport you back in time with their wonderful array of entertainment performed with period costume and instruments. Music, dancing, storytelling, and combat come together to produce a truly unique evening. 5 course Medieval banquet with ale, wine and mead and authentic medieval entertainment. £30 pp adults only
Call 01291 420241 to book your place www.visitmonmouthshire.com/caldicotcastle
24 October – 25 October 11am-4pm Medieval tournament to celebrate the battle of Agincourt, Caldicot Castle.
There will be a thrilling tournament of fully-armoured knights in battle, precision archery displays, graceful dances and accomplished musicians. Join Plantagenet Medieval Society to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt.
Tickets Adult £6, Child £3, Family £15 Tickets available on gate
More information www.caldicotcastle.co.uk/index.php?lang=EN;navId=36
24 October 3pm-5pm Talk on battle of Agincourt, Monmouth Priory.
Reverend Dr Saskia Barnden will give a talk followed by a Q&A session at Monmouth Priory on 24 October @ 3pm. Tickets £4 on door includes tea.
25 October 3.30pm-4.30pm The 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt and St Crispin’s Day.
Afternoon service at Brecon Cathedral.
25 October 6pm-7.15pm The 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt and St Crispin’s Day
Evening service at St Mary’s Priory Church, Abergavenny. The evensong at St Mary’s will be led by the Dean of Llandaff.
25 October 3pm Henry V and Agincourt – a talk with Dr Juliet Barker, Shire Hall Monmouth.
On the day of the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt, the most famous victory of the Middle Ages, Monmouth Museum presents medieval historian and best selling author Juliet Barker who will discuss how and why it happened, reveal the personal stories of some of those involved and demonstrate how, above all else, this momentous battle was a personal victory for one man: Monmouth’s most famous son – Henry V.
Juliet Barker is an internationally recognised authority on medieval history whose ability to combine ground-breaking scholarly research with a highly readable and accessible style has made her one of Britain’s most popular historians. A new and expanded edition of her best-selling Agincourt: The King, The Campaign, The Battle is published this year to mark the 600th anniversary of the battle. Copies of the book will be available on the day.
Tickets £5 from Monmouth Museum or on the door. Information 01600 710630 http://www.shirehallmonmouth.org.uk/?page_id=86
25 October 6pm-7.15pm St Crispin’s Day Service of Compline, St Mary’s Priory Church Monmouth.
The Unicorn Singers’ contribution to this year’s Agincourt Anniversary celebrations looks set to be one of the most authentic to date. Through their reconstruction of a 600-year-old thanksgiving service that Henry V himself would recognise, the singers hope to connect us with the distant world of medieval Britain. Henry V, the charismatic soldier prince and idolised king, who surrounded his court with many a great composer of the age, was apparently no mean musician himself.
The Singers have tracked down music associated with Henry and Agincourt and have constructed a service of Compline such as Henry might have experienced at first hand after the battle of Agincourt in 1415. For those who wish to attend this rather special event, a feast of music fit for a king awaits! On the musical menu will be not only the famous Agincourt Carol but also John Dunstable’s remarkable Veni Creator Spiritus, performed at the victory celebrations. There will also be several motets by the other great composers of the day to honour the Virgin, a cult figure in the eyes and prayers of medieval worshippers. Another highlight will be a performance of Henry’s own setting of the Gloria whose jazzy rhythms feel quite modern, despite a 600-year time gap!
Cost free, collection http://monmouthparishes.org/
9 November 7pm – 10pm Film of new RSC production of Henry V at Coliseum, Cinema Brecon.
Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people.
Laying claim to parts of France and following an insult from the French Dauphin, Henry gathers his troops and prepares for a war that he hopes will unite his country.
RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s History Plays with Henry V performed in the 600th anniversary year of the Battle of Agincourt. Following his performance as Hal in Henry IV Parts I & II Alex Hassell returns as Henry V.
Tickets on door Adults £12.50, Child Under 14 £10. Rating to be confirmed 12A
October 28, 2015 – February 28, 2016 Agincourt 600 Wales – Cymru Touring Exhibition, Monmouth Museum
Go to www.agincourt600wales.com which contains comprehensive information on the battle and its Welsh links, plus details of the ongoing programme of special events. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Community groups have been working closely with funders to make the commemoration happen. The funders include Brecon Beacons National Park (under their Interreg Rural Alliances project), Brecon Town Council, Monmouthshire County Council, Powys County Council and the Welsh Government.