Below is our programme for 2019. Details of the 2020 programme available in the Autumn.

FRIDAY 5th APRIL

3.00pm EMERGING TALENT

St Laurence’s Church

An opportunity to hear this year’s chosen composers in a working session with leading composer, Eleanor Alberga, and students from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Free event

 

5.00pm 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 WHEN SMOKE STOOD UP FROM LUDLOW

St Laurence’s Church

Rowan Pierce soprano
Elgan Llŷr Thomas tenor
Michael Foyle violin
Iain Burnside piano

Muriel Herbert Loveliest of trees
John Ireland Hawthorn Time
Graham Peel Soldier, I wish you well
Rebecca Clarke Eight O’Clock

EJ Moeran Ludlow Town
When smoke stood up from Ludlow
Farewell to barn and stack and tree
Say, lad, have you things to do
The lads in their hundreds

Janet Hamilton The Cherry Tree
Janet Hamilton Bredon Hill

Ralph Vaughan Williams from Along the Field
We’ll to the woods no more
Along the field
Good-bye
With rue my heart is laden

John Ireland The Land of Lost Content
The Lent lily
Ladslove
Goal and wicket
The vain desire
The Encounter
Epilogue

Roderick Williams Eight O’Clock
Morfydd Owen When I came last from Ludlow
Elaine Hugh-Jones Queen of Air and Darkness
Janet Hamilton With rue my heart is laden

INTERVAL

Gerald Finzi I said to Love
I need not go
At Middle-Field Gate in February
Two Lips
In five-score Summers
For Life I had never cared greatly
I said to Love

Alex Woolf commission

George Butterworth Roving in the dew
Ralph Vaughan Williams I sowed the seeds of love
Percy Grainger The pretty maid milking her cow
Rebecca Clarke I know where I’m going
George Butterworth Seventeen come Sunday
Ralph Vaughan Williams Over the water
Ralph Vaughan Williams If I were a Queen

 

9.15 LATE NIGHT FILM: O Thou Transcendent

Oscars Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Director Tony Palmer introduces his film O Thou Transcendent: the Life of Ralph Vaughan Williams

‘Magnificent’ The Observer

SATURDAY 6th APRIL

10.00am TRANSCENDENCE, CHERRIES, LUNAR ECLIPSES, PEALS OF BELLS: a survey of the weekend ahead

Oscars Ludlow Assembly Rooms

A panel discussion chaired by Katy Hamilton with:

Tony Palmer – writer and film director
Alex Woolf – composer
Edward Rushton – composer
Benjamin Goodson – chorus master and conductor

 

11.30am HEART’S HAVEN

St Laurence’s Church

William Morgan tenor
Alex Otterburn baritone
Michael Foyle violin
Iain Burnside piano

Finzi Till Earth outwears
Let me enjoy the earth
In years defaced
The Market Girl
I look into my glass
It never looks like summer here
At a Lunar Eclipse
Life laughs onwards

Bussey The Windhover

Frank Bridge Meditation

Vaughan Williams The House of Life
Love-sight
Silent Noon
Love’s Minstrels
Heart’s Haven
Death in Love
Love’s last gift

Elgar Violin Sonata in E minor Op. 82
Allegro
Romance
Allegro non troppo

 

1.00am Lunch in the Studio

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

 

2.30pm THE PASSING OF THE YEAR

St Laurence’s Church

Bath Camerata
Benjamin Goodson
Alex Otterburn baritone
Iain Burnside piano

Will Todd Songs of Renewal

Huw Watkins The Phoenix and the Turtle

Roderick Williams Love Bade Me Welcome

Grainger Shallow Brown

Ireland Spring, the Sweet Spring

Finzi I have loved flowers that fade

Jonathan Dove The Passing of the Year
Invocation
The narrow bud opens her beauties to the sun
Answer July
Hot sun, cool fire
Ah, Sun-flower!
Adieu! farewell earth’s bliss!
Ring out, wild bells

 

4.00pm Fringe event with author Patrick Gale

The Sitting Room, upstairs at the Blue Boar, Mill Street Ludlow (opposite the Assembly Rooms)

Patrick will be talking about his latest novel, Take Nothing With You, and will be signing books afterwards.

This is a fringe event and not included in the Saver Ticket.

 

5.00pm SELLING SONG: the industry and its challenges

Oscars Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Panel discussion chaired by Katy Hamilton with:

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

 

6.00am Supper in the Studio

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

 

8.00pm ACROSS THE PLAIN

St Laurence’s Church

Soraya Mafi soprano
William Morgan tenor
Elgan Llŷr Thomas tenor
Sean Shibe guitar

Britten Songs from the Chinese
The Big Chariot
The Old Lute
The Autumn Wind
The Herd-Boy
Depression
Dance Song

Dowland Fantasia in G

Tippett Songs for Achilles
In The Tent
Across The Plain
By The Sea

Malcolm Arnold Arietta 1

Nicholas Maw from 6 Interiors
Neutral tones
At Tea
Inscriptions for a Peal of Eight Bells

Britten The 2nd Lute-Song of the Earl of Essex

Britten I will give my love an apple
The soldier and the sailor
Bonny at morn
Sailor Boy

SUNDAY 7th APRIL

10.00am SUSAN BULLOCK MASTERCLASS

St Laurence’s Church

Acclaimed soprano Susan Bullock works with students from the Royal Northern College of Music.

 

12.00pm IS THE PRETTY MAID STILL MILKING HER COW? Changing perceptions of British music.

Oscars Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Panel discussion chaired by Katy Hamilton with:

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

 

1.00pm Lunch in the Studio

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

 

2.00pm YOUNG COMPOSERS SHOWCASE

St Laurence’s Church

New songs from this year’s young composers performed by the masterclass students and introduced by composer, Eleanor Alberga.

 

3.00pm EXCELLENT DISCOURSE

St Laurence’s Church

Soraya Mafi soprano
David Webb tenor
Alex Otterburn baritone
Iain Burnside piano

Roger Quilter To Julia
Prelude
The Bracelet
The Maiden Blush
To Daisies
The Night Piece
Julia’s Hair
Cherry Ripe

Elizabeth Maconchy Sun, Moon and Stars
Sun, Moon and Stars
The Hill
Solitude
Clothed with the Stars

Ivor Gurney Sleep
WD Browne To Gratiana, dancing and singing
Martin Bussey Mr Hancock’s Letter
Vaughan Williams Orpheus with his lute

Edward Rushton To Bed
Five days in the life of Samuel Pepys
Excellent discourse
Great pleasure
Clouds
Sweat
With my whip

Gerald Finzi Farewell to Arms
Introduction
Aria

 

5.00pm FESTIVAL EVENSONG

St Laurence’s Church

The choir of St Laurence Ludlow and Director of Music, Shaun Ward

The Weekend ends where it began: in magnificent St Laurence’s Church.