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The Ludlow English Song Weekend

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Iain BurnsideThere is nothing quite like the Weekend of English Song. Ludlow is the perfect place for this rich feast of music performed by internationally acclaimed artists. In 2018 we ask the question: how English is English Song? Challenging our own self-definition, we offer a Celtic-flavoured weekend exploring connections between Britain and Ireland. Songs, choral pieces, chamber music, talks, discussions and film – all the ingredients that make up the Ludlow English Song Weekend will be there. New works and young composers will feature again, as will outstanding performers from both sides of the Irish Sea. Take a look at our What’s On section where you’ll see our programme and artists. Please put April 6 – 8 in your diaries so we can welcome you to Ludlow, and to a very special weekend.

Iain Burnside
Artistic Director


Below gives an overview of our programme for Ludlow English Song Weekend 2018. Booking is now open. We hope you can join us.

Friday 6th April 2018

3.00pm EMERGING TALENT
An opportunity to see the young composers in a working session with Judith Bingham and students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Free event.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
5.00pm WELCOME RECEPTION
Come and join us ahead of tonight’s opening concert for a welcome reception hosted by Ludlow Song and kindly supported by Finzi Friends. Free for all to attend.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms Studio
6.00pm OPENING SUPPER
Please join us for our pre-concert supper in Oscars (all meals included in Saver Ticket A).
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
7.30pm I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING
Ailish Tynan, Iain Burnside and Christopher Jones
The hugely popular soprano makes a welcome return to Ludlow in a programme including Frank Bridge, Rebecca Clarke, Seóirse Bodley, Herbert Hughes and Gerald Barry.
St Laurence’s Church
9.45pm LATE NIGHT FILM: Braille Music
Braille Music is a new documentary by American film-maker Michael House, featuring six blind musicians who come together to record a tribute to Louise Braille. One of these musicians, James Risdon, introduces tonight’s showing.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Saturday 7th April 2017

10.00am BEING IRISH: a cross fertilisation of musical cultures
We are delighted to welcome back Katy Hamilton to chair the Weekend’s talks. Here she looks ahead at the Weekend, leading a discussion of its composers, its ideologies and its challenges.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
11.30am FLIGHT
Robin Tritschler, Adam Walker, Nicholas Daniel, Gildas Quartet and Iain Burnside
Sir Arnold Bax – Oboe Quintet
Philip Hammond – The Blackbird’s Poet PREMIERE
George Benjamin – Flight
Peter Warlock – The Curlew
St Laurence’s Church
1.00pm LUNCH in Oscars. Ludlow Assembly Rooms
2.00pm THE CELTIC NORTH
The Carice Singers
George Parris, Director
Bax, Delius, Grainger and Parry are put into their Celtic context by one of Britain’s most exciting choral groups.
St Laurence’s Church
5.00pm POMES PENYEACH: Yeats, Joyce and their legacy
Katy Hamilton chairs a panel looking at the words behind this Weekend’s music.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
6.00pm SUPPER in Oscars. Ludlow Assembly Rooms
8.00pm I WENT OUT TO THE HAZEL WOOD
Fiona Shaw, Nicholas Daniel, Robin Tritschler, Gareth Brynmor John and Iain Burnside
A sequence of words and music including Rebecca Clarke, Britten, Bax, Ireland, Bliss, Thea Musgrave, Ina Boyle and Jennifer Walshe.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Sunday 8th April 2018

10.00am ANN MURRAY MASTERCLASS
Ann Murray works with students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
12.00pm BORDER LINES: a panel discussion
The Irish border is never far from today’s Brexit-driven headlines. Savouring Ludlow’s position near another dividing line, Katy Hamilton looks at different lines of musical demarcation.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
1.00pm LUNCH in Oscars. Ludlow Assembly Rooms
2.00pm YOUNG COMPOSERS SHOWCASE
A chance to hear new songs performed by the masterclass students.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
3.00pm THE BLUE HILLS OF ANTRIM
Carolyn Dobbin, Gavan Ring and Iain Burnside
Our closing recital includes songs by Sir Charles Wood, Howard Ferguson, Sir Hamilton Harty and features a new commission by Martin Bussey.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
5.00pm FESTIVAL EVENSONG
The Weekend ends where it started in the magnificent St Laurence’s Church with an Evensong featuring works by Stanford and Wood.
St Laurence’s Church