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The Ludlow English Song Weekend

What's On 2017

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Below gives an overview of our programme for Ludlow English Song Weekend 2017. Watch this space for details of our next Weekend, 6 – 8 April 2018, which will be announced in the autumn. Hope you can join us.

Friday 19th May 2017

4.00pm Free event
EMERGING TALENT
Watch young composers in a working session with Tarik O’Regan and students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
6.00pm OPENING SUPPER
Please join us for our pre-concert buffet in Oscars (all meals included in Saver Ticket A).
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
7.30pm EARTH AND AIR AND RAIN
Roderick Williams (baritone) Iain Burnside (piano)
Britain’s best loved baritone returns to open our Weekend.
Somervell – A Shropshire Lad
Bennett – Songs before Sleep
Finzi – Earth and Air and Rain
St Laurence’s Church
9.45pm LATE NIGHT FILM
DELIUS: COMPOSER, LOVER, ENIGMA introduced by its director, eminent film-maker John Bridcut.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Saturday 20th May 2017

10.00am BEYOND WENLOCK EDGE
Peter Parker and Katy Hamilton discuss AE Housman settings off the beaten track with musical contributions from Bethan Langford, Gareth Brynmor John and Gavin Roberts.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
11.30am HANDS ACROSS THE ATLANTIC
Soraya Mafi, Kitty Whately, Robin Tritschler, Ashley Riches and Iain Burnside. Settings of American poetry by British composers, including Coleridge-Taylor, Cowen, Bliss, Rebecca Clarke and George Newson, and featuring a new commission by Tarik O’Regan.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
1.00pm LUNCH in Oscars. Ludlow Assembly Rooms
2.30pm ON WENLOCK EDGE
Robin Tritschler, Gavin Roberts and the Gildas Quartet.
Vaughan Williams – On Wenlock Edge
Bridge – String Quartet No. 4
Adès – O Albion, from Arcadiana
St Laurence’s Church
5.00pm TRANSATLANTIC PERSPECTIVES
Katy Hamilton discusses American connections, national identity and Walt Whitman with Philip Lancaster and Tarik O’Regan.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
6.00pm SUPPER in Oscars. Ludlow Assembly Rooms
8.00pm Free event
YOUNG COMPOSERS SHOWCASE
Presenting prize-winning songs with Lucy Mellors, Tom Smith, Edmund Caird and Conal Bembridge-Sayers.
St Laurence’s Church
8.30pm I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC:
Walt Whitman in Words and Music
The centrepiece of our Weekend celebrates the poetry of Walt Whitman. Songs by Vaughan Williams, Gurney, Weill and Bridge are interspersed with Whitman’s letters and prose. Alex Jennings joins Soraya Mafi, Kitty Whately, Nicky Spence and Ashley Riches, with Iain Burnside.
St Laurence’s Church

Sunday 21st May 2017

10.00am RODERICK WILLIAMS MASTERCLASS
Roderick Williams works on Ireland, Vaughan Williams and Finzi with Lucy Mellors, Tom Smith, Edmund Caird and Conal Bembridge-Sayers from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
12.00pm O ALBION: British Landscape as Spiritual Force
A discussion led by Katy Hamilton.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
1.00pm LUNCH in Oscars. Ludlow Assembly Rooms
2.00pm FREE FAMILY CONCERT
Choirs from Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire led by Gemma King, with Bethan Langford, Gareth Brynmor John and Gavin Roberts. Admission to this concert is free.
St Laurence’s Church
3.30pm CHILDHOOD AMONG THE FERNS:
Family Values in Song
Bethan Langford, Nicky Spence, Gareth Brynmor John and Iain Burnside. Our closing recital looks at childhood, through the eyes of Britten, Howells, Buxton Orr, Stephen Hough and many others.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
5.30pm FESTIVE EVENSONG
Choir of St Laurence’s Church, directed by Shaun Ward with organist Roger Judd.
Responses – Sumsion
Canticles – Dyson in F
John Ireland – Greater Love Hath No Man
The Weekend ends where it started, in the magnificent St Laurence’s Church, with a Festive Evensong, specially curated by Shaun Ward.
St Laurence’s Church