Response to the Ludlow English Song Weekend 2019 by our chairman

Our chairman, Professor Anthony Pinching, has written his thoughtful responses to what was a wonderful weekend of music making.

Read the full review here

Concerts broadcast on BBC 3

14 – 17 May 1.00pm
BBC Radio 3

Don’t forget to listen to the broadcast of some of our concerts which were  recorded by BBC Radio 3 and introduced by Ian Skelly. Broadcast dates are 14 – 17 May at 1.00pm.

The Heart’s Assurance: Henry Moore through music

Friday 10 May 7.30pm
The Wallace Collection

Pianist Iain Burnside is joined by three internationally acclaimed young singers – soprano, Nadine Benjamin; tenor, Nicky Spence and baritone, Gareth Brynmor John.

In this programme we showcase Moore’s encounters with composers Benjamin Britten, William Walton and Igor Stravinsky and also explore through song, the turbulent times Moore lived through, his experiences and some of the ideas central to his work. Joint curator of the Henry Moore: Helmet Heads exhibition, Tobias Capwell, will join Iain in conversation to illuminate and discuss the connections between Moore and the music performed.

Henry Moore: The Helmet Heads will remain open to 8pm. Tickets can be booked in advance online or in-person on the evening.

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Sean Shibe late night recital at Wigmore Hall – softLOUD

Friday 28 June 2019 10.00 pm
Wigmore Hall

Acoustic and electric, ancient and modern, traditional and innovative… Sean Shibe brings modern classic Electric Counterpoint (Steve Reich) together with mellow, old and new tunes; the driving sound of Julia Wolfe’s LAD (originally for 9 bagpipes) plays against the gentle melancholy of Peter Maxwell Davies’ hugely popular Farewell to Stromness. Join him as he goes electric, fusing ancient ambient Scotland with pulsating modern New York.

Mary’s Hand

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

Confirmed future performances:

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

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.

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.