The Choir's Venues
Ludlow has some fine venues for choral singing in wonderful surroundings.
Our main concerts are held in St Laurence’s Church. Often described as The Cathedral of the Marches, St Laurence’s is one of England’s Greater Churches. It dates mainly from the 14th and 15th centuries and is justly famous for its array of medieval stained glass and the quality of its carved misericords and bench-ends.
For performances, the crossing of the church is transformed with tiered seating for up to 120 singers, using the Society’s own modular staging. St Laurence’s also boasts one of the country’s finest Organs which is regularly used to accompany the Choir. Dating from 1764 and originally built by John Snetzler, the Organ has been restored and enlarged on a number of occasions, notably by Gray & Davison in the 19th Century and more recently in 2006. The removal of the Victorian pews from the Nave in 2019 has made a tremendous difference to the acoustics and the Church as a performing space.
We are also very grateful to Ludlow’s Methodist Church whose fine Chapel, built in 1879, provides an amazing regular rehearsal space in more intimate surroundings.
The Choir has also performed at Ludlow Assembly Rooms which, as its names suggests, is a theatre based in the Town’s Georgian Assembly Room building. When its current refurbishment is complete we may well return to the stage there for concerts where the repertoire indicates a less formal atmosphere would be appropriate.
During the summer members of the Society also regularly get together in the Town’s Buttercross – its 18th Century covered market – for a light-hearted “go” at English part-songs (from Tudor Madrigals to the 20th Century) in a space which gives the voices a real helping hand … though a torch is helpful on gloomier evenings!