Fringe Event with Patrick Gale

Saturday 6th April

Acclaimed writer, Patrick Gale, is joining one of our discussion panels so we’re very happy to announce a fringe event in collaboration with the Castle Bookshop. Patrick will be speaking about his latest novel Take Nothing With You: a book with music at its core.

“A compelling story of how a passion for music can be a gateway for self-discovery.” Jonathan Dove, Composer

Saturday 6th April 4.00pm
The Sitting Room above the Blue Boar pub, Mill Street, SY8 1BB

Tickets are £5 and only available from the Castle Bookshop. The price of a ticket can be offset by the purchase of a book. Patrick will also be signing books afterwards.

Castle Bookshop, 5 Castle Street, Ludlow, SY8 1AS
01584 872 562

As this is a fringe event in conjunction with the Castle Bookshop it isn’t included in the Weekend Saver Ticket.

Panelists announced

We are delighted to announce our line-up of panelists joining Katy Hamilton for the discussions.

Saturday 6th April 10.00am
Tony Palmer – writer and film director
Alex Woolf – composer
Edward Rushton – composer
Benjamin Goodson – chorus master and conductor

Saturday 6th April 5.00pm
SELLING SONG: the industry and its challenges

Fiona Maddocks – writer and critic
Dr Clare Taylor – Managing Director City Music Foundation
Paul Baxter – Founder Delphian Records
David Jackson – Artistic Director Cardiff Singer of the World

Sunday 7th April 12.00pm
IS THE PRETTY MAID STILL MILKING HER COW: changing perceptions of British music

Andrew Burn – honorary secretary Finzi Trust
Patrick Gale – author
Ceri Owen – pianist, academic and writer
Edward Rushton – composer

Iain Burnside forthcoming concerts

Monday 28 January 7.30pm
Wigmore Hall

Russian Song series

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

Friday 15 February 6.00pm
Milton Court

Songs at Six : Swansong

Schubert’s 14 Schwanengesang songs are presented alongside monologues that cast fresh light on this masterly collection. A collaboration between Guildhall actors, singers and pianists.

Sunday 17 February 3.00pm
Forum Theatre, Malvern

Schubert Schwanengesang  D. 957

Roderick Williams baritone and Ian Burnside piano.

Monday 18 February 7.30pm
Wigmore Hall

Ailish Tynan soprano, Benjamin Appl baritone and Iain Burnside piano.

The gala concert of this year’s Wigmore Hall Learning festival, Sense of Home, exploring a multi-themed selection of songs.

Friday 1 March 7.30pm
Wigmore Hall

Russian Song Series

Sofia Mchedishvili soprano, Andrey Zhilikhovsky baritone and Iain Burnside piano.

A diverse programme of Russian songs and arias.

Sean Shibe new recording

His second outing on Delphian is an “uncompromisingly monumental” (The Scotsman) programme of radical contrasts that showcases virtuosity at both extremes.

softLOUD looks ambitiously forward, with a mix of electric and acoustic, early and modern, whose contradictions and challenges speak to our own times.

Great War Centenary

Michael Foyle and his duo partner Maksim Stsura have released a new CD on Challenge Records

‘Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and yet cannot remain silent’, wrote Victor Hugo in 1864. Half a century later, his words had never felt more pertinent. Every composer writing during World War I found a unique way, through their music, to describe and protest against the horrors that were tearing civilization apart.

Harewood Artists at English National Opera

Catch some of our young singers in current and forthcoming productions at English National Opera.

David Ireland – La Boheme/Magic Flute

William Morgan – Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel

Alex Otterburn – Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel

Rowan Pierce – The Magic Flute

Elgan Llyr Thomas – Lucia di Lammermoor

David Webb – The Magic Flute

2019 Presteigne Festival22nd – 27th August

The Presteigne Festival programme brings together a wide variety of diverse musical elements, but with a major American strand running throughout – also mirrored in the supporting programme. We welcome two distinguished composers-in-residence – Cheryl Frances-Hoad from the UK and from the US, Hannah Lash who will also perform as a virtuoso harpist. We continue our exploration of British contemporary music, with no fewer than nine premieres over the Festival period, which opens with Nova Music Opera’s production of Stephen McNeff’s community opera ‘The Burning Boy’, to a libretto by Cornish poet, Charles Causley.

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.

Alex Woolf’s NHS Symphony nominated for an ARIAS Award

Alex Woolf, Ludlow Song’s commissioned composer in 2019 has been nominated in the ‘Best Factual Storytelling’ category at the 2018 Radio Academy ARIAS Awards.

The combined forces of The Bach Choir, The NHS Choir, Barts Choir and more were brought together to honour the NHS at 70. The work was commissioned by BBC Radio Documentaries and Alex’s music forms a sonic portrait of the NHS, all recorded in binaural sound for BBC Radio 3’s ‘Between the Ears’

Read more about the work here:

Listen to the work in full here:

Mary’s Hand

“This beautifully-crafted, one-woman chamber opera by writer Di Sherlock and composer Martin Bussey” (The Independent)

Confirmed future performances:

15 February 2019 (6pm)
The Society of Antiquaries of London

This performance of excerpts will take place in front of the Hans Eworth portrait of Mary on which the Mary’s Hand costume is based, with an accompanying talk from historian Dr John Cooper.

19 February 2019 (7.30pm)
St Paul’s Church, Wilton Place, London SW1

22 February 2019 (7.30pm)
Queen’s Hall, Hexham

23 February 2019 (7.30pm)
Lancaster Priory, Lancaster

27 April 2019 (7.30pm)
Music in Pinner Series: Pinner Parish Church

30 July 2019 (10pm)
Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester

Further details and ticket links at

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.