Changes to previously advertised venues

There are exciting developments underway as Ludlow Assembly Rooms commences a £2 million project to transform the building.* As such, it means that the Song Weekend will have to make a few changes to the previously advertised schedule. All the concerts, events, artists and programme remain the same but there will be some changes of venue. We are lucky to have the magnificent St Laurrence’s Church as the backdrop for all of our concerts and audiences will be delighted to know that new seating is being installed. No more hard pews! The Assembly Rooms will still be able to provide spaces for our film, talks and meals. Full details of the changes are on the What’s On page. BBC Radio 3 will be with us for the weekend to record four of the concerts for future broadcast and Ian Skelly will present them live from the stage. We hope you will bear with us as we support the Assembly Rooms through this period of major change and can guarantee a wonderful weekend of music and discussion. We look forward to seeing you in Ludlow.

*The project will see the Assembly Rooms grow and take over the ground floor of the iconic 19th Century building. It will welcome audiences and visitors alike from its new entrance on Castle Square, at the heart of the town. A new lift and other features will make the building more accessible to all. The ground floor will house a new Visitor Information and Box Office facility as well as a café/restaurant. The project will completely overhaul the heating, air conditioning and other services to increase the building’s environmental sustainability and the comfort for its audiences.

Current Vacancies

We currently have a job vacancy for the role of Administrator. For a full job description and details on how to apply please click on the button below.

Deadline: 31st December 2018.

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Iain Burnside

Iain Burnside
Artistic Director
Ludlow English Song Weekend

Welcome to the Ludlow English Song Weekend, one of Britain’s most idyllic musical celebrations.

This year we look to the future. Thanks to a unique collaboration with English National Opera and their Harewood Artists Programme we welcome seven outstanding young singers to Ludlow. You will hear them across the Weekend, both in much loved songs and in bracingly new music. Together they represent
the future of English song, and boast an extraordinary array of talent. Violinist Michael Foyle and guitarist Sean Shibe add instrumental charisma, and Bath Camerata bring a distinctively fresh choral programme. Our major commission goes to Alex Woolf, only last year a member of our Young Composers Workshop. While that workshop continues apace with Eleanor Alberga, Susan Bullock puts the RNCM’s finest through their masterclass paces, Tony Palmer introduces his RVW film and Katy Hamilton leads spirited discussions. We are delighted to welcome back BBC Radio 3, who will broadcast most of the concerts and present them live on stage. With such riches in prospect, we hope you’ll join us.

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The Ludlow English Song Weekend is a unique music festival in one of the UK’s loveliest places.

About Us

The Ludlow English Song Weekend is the place to hear superlative performances of English songs.

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Some of Britain’s finest singers of English classical song will be performing for the weekend.


Details for how to get in touch with us at the Ludlow English Song Weekend can be found here.

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Imagine a weekend in beautiful historic Ludlow, immersed in the endlessly fascinating and beguiling world of English poetry and song, where songs centuries old and songs freshly composed are performed, investigated, discussed, and keenly listened to. It's a rare and complete joy.

Sir John Tomlinson

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Ludlow Song

Ludlow Song is now a Charitable Company

We were delighted to hear that our charitable status has been approved and Ludlow Song is now a fully registered charitable company, which will give us a more sustainable future. We have to thank our chairman, Anthony Pinching, for all his hard work in securing this.

Iain Burnside’s Russian song series continues at the Wigmore Hall

Thursday 29 November 7.30

Justina Gringyte mezzo, Dmytro Popov tenor, Iain Burnside, piano
Tchaikovsky, Medtner, Rachmaninov and more

Monday 28 January 7.30

Sofia Fomina soprano, Oleksiy Palchykov tenor, Rodion Pogossov baritone, Iain Burnside piano
Glinka, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and more

Nature’s Solace – Signum Classics

Bass-baritone Stephan Loges is accompanied by Iain Burnside in a collection that explores concepts of lost youth, the transience of life and the comforting presence of nature. The programme features performances of Schumann’s 12 Gedichte Op. 35 and Brahms’s 5 Lieder Op. 94, as well as in 5 rarely recorded works by Finnish composer Yrjö Kilpinen.

A Countertenor Songbook

Andrew Watts countertenor
Iain Burnside piano

This album brings together the works of seven very different composers in a single songbook. Most of the pieces were written specially for countertenor Andrew Watts, who has championed contemporary music for the thirty years he has been singing professionally.  He has established a reputation for being one of the foremost operatic countertenors of his generation and has appeared on opera and concert platforms throughout the world.