Events Listing

2024 Festival: 27th July – 10th August

We are thrilled to present our 2024 programme, full details below.

Bookings for main events will open on 1st June

Exhibition Workshops can now be booked, but we are unable to offer online booking for these; please see the Workshops Page for further info.

As well as these events, we will also be offering the ever-popular free Coffee Concerts and Organ Recitals. The coffee concerts will take place during the first week of the festival with local musicians bringing us a variety of music. Three organ recitals will be performed at various churches in the area during the second week. Details of these will be shown here later.

We are also pleased to be presenting our Art Exhibition this year, and details of this are on the Exhibition Page.

I Musicanti

St Laurence’s Church

7.30pm

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I Musicanti
String Quintet I Musicanti brings together some of the UK’s most experienced and respected musicians, all hand-picked by the group’s artistic director, international double bass virtuoso Leon Bosch. I Musicanti presents eye-catching programmes with a particular emphasis on great works by unknown composers and unknown works by great composers. This concert will include works by Dvořák and Bottesini as well as a recently commissioned quintet by Valentina Ciardelli.
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St Laurence’s Church

10.15am

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French Horn ConneXion open our season with a variety of music for four horns. They sound magnificent in St Laurence’s generous acoustic!
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Art Exhibition Opening Reception

St Lawrence Primary School

7.30pm

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Art Exhibition Opening Reception
The Opening Reception of our Art Exhibition gives you your first chance to see hundreds of works from local artists, with most items available to purchase. The entry price of £4 includes a complimentary drink. No need to book – just turn up!
The Exhibition is then open daily 10.30am-5pm until 10th August, with £1 entry fee.
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St Laurence’s Church

10.15am

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Classical guitarist Frederick Lawton returns with a programme for solo guitar. Frederick teaches guitar in London and is currently working on two recording projects.
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St Laurence’s Church

10.15am

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Piano duet recital by Gill Styles and Richard Walker, including Ravel’s famous Rapsodie Espagnol.
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Alistair McGowan

St Laurence’s Church

3pm

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Alistair McGowan
Piano; Poetry
An afternoon with the multi-talented Alistair McGowan. Previously best known as an impressionist, but also an actor, comedian and writer of plays and sketches, and now, also a pianist. 40 years after reaching grade 2 as a nine-year-old he returned to the piano and has become an accomplished performer as well as the inspiration behind the Ludlow Piano Festival (where he now lives). In this world first, he hopes to bring out the music of his poetry and the poetry of the music. His piano choices will include short pieces by Debussy, Satie, Grieg, Glass and Rachmaninov. A varied hour with maybe a few impressions thrown in too!
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Workshop – Chinese Brush Painting

St Lawrence Primary School

10am

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Workshop – Chinese Brush Painting
Led by local artist Leo Donaghy, this all-day workshop introduces you to the ancient art of Chinese Brush Painting, using special brushes made from different materials. Minimal strokes are used to create images such as leaves, flowers and birds. The cost includes materials and refreshments. Please click the More Info button for further details and how to book.
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St Laurence’s Church

10.15am

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A debut Stretton recital by Corinne Frost, former CBSO cellist and now principal cellist of the English Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by Janine Parsons.
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Dominic Alldis Trio

St Laurence’s Church

7.30pm

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Dominic Alldis Trio
Pianist & arranger Dominic Alldis joins bassist Andrew Cleyndert and drummer Martin France to explore the meeting point of two musical worlds: classical and jazz. Taking inspiration from the Jacques Loussier Trio and the Modern Jazz Quartet, The Dominic Alldis Trio brings a fresh approach to famous themes from classical music, opera and folk songs. Their music will appeal to anyone who loves the music of Bach, Tchaikovsky or Chopin as well as Michel Legrand and Dave Brubeck.
“The arrangements are strikingly original, respectfully presented, as you will never have heard them” – Independent on Sunday
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St Laurence’s Church

10.15am

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Four excellent Shropshire flautists who play regularly together present a mix of original music and arrangements involving also the piccolo and the alto flute.
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Hexachordia

St Laurence’s Church

7.30pm

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Hexachordia
All in a Garden Green
Hexachordia strives to place early music in its historical context and thus appeal to audiences new to this genre. They recreate the flexibility that was expected at a time when professional musicians needed both a good singing voice and skill in playing a number of different instruments. Each member of this trio performs on a variety of instruments, enabling them to feature different instrumental and vocal combinations. In this programme they will celebrate the joy of the English garden in music, song and verse, tracing its history from monastic herb gardens to more formal landscapes.
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St Laurence’s Church

10.15am

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The Ludlow Jazz Collective is another new line-up for us: their programme will feature songs from the Great American Songbook plus a little Blues and lots of Latin.
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Hot Jazz Biscuits

Silvester Horne Institute

7.30pm

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Hot Jazz Biscuits
Shropshire’s funkiest party band promises a night of belting tunes from the 80s, 90s and 00s with a bit of Soul and Motown thrown into the mix to get you up on your feet and onto the dance floor!
A fabulous evening is guaranteed so get those dancing shoes and grooving moves at the ready!
With cabaret-style seating, a continuous bar and ample room for dancing.
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All Saints’ Church, Little Stretton

12noon

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To start this year’s organ recitals, we welcome Allan Walker.
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Trio Meister Raro

St Laurence’s Church

7.30pm

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Trio Meister Raro
Trio Meister Raro – Rachel Roberts (viola), Robert Plane (clarinet) and Tim Horton (piano) – explore works for this mellow combination of instruments encompassing both acknowledged masterpieces and fascinating curiosities. Much of the ensemble’s repertoire, from Schumann’s Märchenerzählungen to Huw Watkin’s Speak Seven Seas, focuses on storytelling and fantasy. This focus will be reflected in the Trio’s programme for this evening, which will also include Mozart’s charming Kegelstatt Trio.
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Workshop – Mixed Media Landscapes

St Lawrence Primary School

10am

£70

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Workshop – Mixed Media Landscapes
Led by local artist Delny Fitrzyk, this all-day workshop allows you to create your own mixed media landscape using various painting techniques, and to then enhance and embellish that image using free machine stitching. The cost includes materials and refreshments. Please click the More Info button for further details and how to book.
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The Wind in the Willows

Acton Scott Hall, Acton Scott

2.30pm

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The Wind in the Willows
An open-air production brought to you by Boxtree Productions; with hilarious comedy, magic and toe-tapping songs contributing to this wonderful retelling of Kenneth Grahame’s beloved classic tale for all generations (age 4 upwards). And what better setting than the lawn at Acton Scott Hall?
Bring blankets or chairs to sit on and dress for the great British Weather! Cancellation only in the event of dangerous conditions. Wind in the Willows themed refreshments will be available courtesy of Acton Scott Hall.
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St James’ Church, Cardington

12noon

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Our organist today is Richard Walker.
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Mela Guitar Quartet

St Laurence’s Church

7.30pm

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Mela Guitar Quartet
Winners of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Ensemble Competition 2023, the Mela Guitar Quartet specialise in eclectic programming and ingenious arranging to bring out the orchestral colours and possibilities of four guitars. They are continuously adding to the repertoire through adventurous arrangements of much-loved orchestral works and commissions of new music. The quartet has released several acclaimed albums and have performed in top venues in the UK, Europe and China - even Jimi Hendrix’s bedroom!
“...collective technical brilliance and preternatural ensemble” – Gramophone
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Talk – Art Firsts

St Laurence’s Church

7.30pm

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Talk – Art Firsts
A visual tour of some of the works of Art depicted in his book Art Firsts. The first smile, the first kiss, the first self-portrait and many others. Each painting explored and discussed in terms of its role in the evolution of art and its influence on subsequent artists. An entertaining and insightful tour of western art by Nick Trend, an accomplished public speaker and Art Historian.
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Ricky Cool and the In Crowd

Silvester Horne Institute

7.30pm

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Ricky Cool and the In Crowd
Ricky Cool and the In Crowd will be serving up a delicious gumbo of sounds including Red Hot Rhythm and Blues, Scintillating Ska and Bluebeat as well as Afro-Cuban rhythms.
Classics by the likes of Ray Charles, Ken Boothe, Booker T. and the M.G.’s, Toots and the Maytals are mixed with original numbers to create a toe-tapping musical experience, guaranteed to get you up on the dance floor and bustin’ some moves!
With cabaret-style seating, a continuous bar and ample room for dancing.
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St Laurence’s Church

12noon

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Shaun Turnbull rounds off this year’s selection of organ recitals.
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The Pirates of Penzance

Concord College, Acton Burnell

7.30pm

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The Pirates of Penzance
Opera Anywhere tour professional, staged and pop-up, family-friendly opera and operetta all over the UK with repertoire including Gilbert and Sullivan, Mozart, Puccini, Menotti and more. For the 2024 Grand Finale, the company brings us Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic The Pirates of Penzance. We learn how an unfortunate case of mishearing results in a dramatic change of direction for Frederic, who sets course to become a pirate rather than a pilot! We can look forward to an entertaining evening as the twists and turns of this operetta unfold with ingenious characters, sublime lyrics and well-known songs including I am the very model of a modern Major-General and The Policeman’s Song When a felon’s not engaged in his employment.
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Photo credits:
I Musicanti (Leon Bosch): Juno Snowdon Photography
Trio Meister Raro: Andrei Luca
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