Below is our programme for 2020.

FRIDAY 3rd APRIL

3.00pm EMERGING TALENT

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

An opportunity to hear this year’s young composers in a working session with composer Rhian Samuel and students from the Royal College of Music.

Free event

 

5.30pm WELCOME RECEPTION

Ludlow Assembly Rooms Studio

Come and join us ahead of tonight’s opening concert for a welcome reception hosted by Ludlow Song.

Free event

 

7.00pm TOBY SPENCE IN RECITAL

St Laurence’s Church

Toby Spence, Michael Trainor and Iain Burnside

Tippett’s Boyhood’s End, Britten’s Holy Sonnets of John Donne, and the premiere of Fallen, by Philip Lancaster.

 

10.00pm LATE NIGHT FILM: Poets in a Barren Age

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Director Mischa Scorer introduces his seminal 1974 documentary on the life of Michael Tippett. Film running time approx. 50mins.

SATURDAY 4th APRIL

10.00am LOOKING AHEAD

Ludlow Assembly Rooms
Katy Hamilton returns to chair the first of our discussion panels. Oliver Soden, Ceri Owen, Stephen Banfield and James Murphy select their pick of the Weekend ahead, while Rhian Samuel, John Greening, Martin Bussey and Philip Lancaster introduce their works.

 

11.30am THE MOON AND I

St Laurence’s Church

Nardus Williams, Claire Barnett-Jones, Tetsuumi Nagata and Gamal Khamis

Two outstanding ENO Harewood Artists are joined by Testuumi Nagata from the Piatti Quartet in works by Howells, Bridge, Lehmann and Hoiby together with another premiere: Rhian Samuel’s The Moon And I. Pianist Gamal Khamis is the first holder of a newly created Finzi Bursary.

 

1.00am LUNCH in Oscars

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Saver Ticket A holders only.

 

2.30pm PIATTI QUARTET

St Laurence’s Church

The Piatti Quartet’s striking programme includes Mark-Anthony Turnage’s 4th Quartet, which they premiered in 2019.

 

5.00pm WHEN FINZI MEETS HARDY

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Katy Hamilton previews tonight’s recital with Stephen Banfield, Ceri Owen and Hardy scholar Tim Armstrong.

 

6.00am SUPPER in Oscars

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Saver Ticket A holders only.

 

7.00pm YOUNG COMPOSERS SHOWCASE

St Laurence’s Church

New songs from this year’s young composers, performed by the masterclass students and introduced by Rhian Samuel.

 

8.00pm THE PHANTOM

St Laurence’s Church

Matthew Durkan, Božidar Smiljanic, Iain Burnside – with Richard Goulding

The sudden death of his first wife inspired Thomas Hardy to write a group of poems unique in English literature. This specially devised programme interweaves settings by Finzi, Ireland and Bussey with the poems themselves, read by acclaimed actor Richard Goulding. Two brilliant young baritones explore this dark repertoire, in the splendour of St Laurence’s Church.

SUNDAY 5th APRIL

10.00am ANN MURRAY MASTERCLASS

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

We are delighted to welcome back acclaimed mezzo Ann Murray to work with students from the Royal College of Music.

 

12.00pm THE RPS CONVERSATION: STORYTELLING

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

In a new collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Society, author Oliver Soden discusses his acclaimed biography of Michael Tippett with Katy Hamilton. A book signing is hosted by Castle Bookshop.  Please note that RPS members who purchase a LESW Saver Ticket do not need to purchase a ticket separately from RPS for this event.

 

1.00pm LUNCH in Oscars

Ludlow Assembly Rooms
Saver Ticket A holders only.

 

2.30pm RODERICK WILLIAMS IN RECITAL

St Laurence’s Church

Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside

Our final concert spotlights Ludlow’s favourite baritone.

Butterworth – Bredon Hill and other songs
Rhian Samuel – Spring Diary
John Ireland – Sea Fever, Santa Chiara, Great Things
Roderick Williams – 3 Housman Parodies

Folksong arrangements by Butterworth and Britten.

 

5.00pm FESTIVAL EVENSONG

St Laurence’s Church

The Choir of St Laurence, Ludlow and Michael Oakley, Director of Music

The Weekend closes where it started: in magnificent St Laurence’s Church.