Ludlow English Song Weekend | Exploring
Since 2001, inspired by the musical world of Gerald Finzi, it is a unique celebration of poetry, music, culture, and ideas.
Ludlow Song is a registered Charity. It was established in June 2016 for the promotion of English Song, specifically through the annual Ludlow English Song Weekend (LESW), and related activities and events.
Our mission is to build a creative, sustainable and fruitful annual song festival based in Ludlow that seeks to maximise audience enjoyment and understanding of art song – informed by the perspective of English Song – by offering thoughtfully curated and accessible performances of high quality, supported by a wider programme of related events.
We foster performances of English Song, familiar and unfamiliar, as well as new compositions and young composers in this genre, also showcasing and guiding young performers, and with concerts of appropriate choral works. This is achieved through a carefully curated mix of concerts, panel discussions, performance masterclasses and young composer workshops/recitals, and film.
In some years a particular theme will inform LESW (e.g. settings of specific English poets; settings of poetry by North American writers; Anglo-Irish connections in music and poetry), but in others there will be a chance to encounter core English Song repertoire afresh.