The Arts Society  Teme Valley

Welcome to The Arts Society Teme Valley. We draw our members from across the community and are dedicated to promoting the appreciation and enjoyment of the Arts. We look at the history and contribution to our heritage of all forms of the Arts in their many guises including painting, sculpture, design, theatre, music and architecture.

We are proud of our series of well-supported lectures given by renowned experts on a wide variety of interesting subjects.  They are held on the 3rd Wednesday each month from September to May in the Ludlow Assembly Rooms.  See Lectures for more information.  We also organize Study Days, and Visits. Other events will be advertised from time to time.

Come and join us on a Wednesday afternoon from two o’clock at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms to find out more and enjoy listening to a talk about something you had never realized was so fascinating.

To find out how to join us or become a member and find out more about us, please click on Join Us  and the other tabs above.   We are a member of The Arts Society and are part of The Arts Society West Mercia area.


The Lecture Programme for 2021 – 2022

20 October 2021 Misshapen Pearl: an overview of music in the baroque era - Sandy Burnett

Sandy Burnett

Starting in 1607 with Monteverdi’s astonishing opera Orfeo, and ending in 1759 with the death of that great “English” composer George Frideric Handel, the Baroque era produced music of great brilliance and emotional depth. In helping to navigate us through its choppy waters, Sandy draws on his experience as broadcaster, conductor and hands-on practical musician. His in-depth exploration of this fascinating period of Classical music draws on hand-picked images, autograph scores and recorded musical illustrations, with a special focus on the work of Johann Sebastian Bach.

A Scene from The Beggar's Opera, William Hogarth

Sandy Burnett

Sandy is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators, enjoying a career that combines broadcasting, performing and lecturing. After studying at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and working as music director for the RSC, National Theatre and in London’s West End, Sandy Burnett spent a decade as one of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3. He devises and leads cultural holidays all over the world, is the author of the Idler Guide to Classical Music, runs an online classical music appreciation Listening Club, is a highly sought after double bassist on the London jazz scene, and was appointed the Academy of Ancient Music’s Hogwood Fellow for the 2018-19 season.


17 November 2021 Off the record: album sleeve art 1950-2000 – Rupert Dickens

19 January 2022 The Land of the Monkey God: art and architecture in Sri Lanka - Georgina Bexon

16 February 2022 The Duc de Berry: medieval illuminated manuscripts - Christopher de Hamel

16 March 2022 The Topsy Turvy World of Misericords - Imogen Corrigan

20 April 2022 Morocco Blues - Elizabeth Gowing

18 May 2022 Passionate Potters - Julian Richards


Events & days of special interest

22 September 2021 – Visit to The Rodd, Presteigne, tour of Sir Sidney Nolan’s house, garden, studio and gallery. More information can be found on the Visits page

Autumn 2021 – Study morning – topic tbc

Spring 2022 – Study day – The Art of China

15 June 2022  Special event


Further information on these Lectures can be found on the Lectures page which will be updated as more information becomes available.

Reviews of Lectures, Study Days and Visits.

You can read a review of some Lectures after they have been given by navigating to "Previous Lectures" on the Lectures Page. Click on the particular Lecture in which you are interested and, if it exists, the Review will be found beneath the Description of the Lecture. To read reviews of some of the  Study Days or Visits, follow the same principle as above but navigate first to the relevant page ie "Study Days" or "Visits" and then proceed as above.

Should you wish to make your own comment on any Lecture, Study Day or Visit for posting on this web site, please download the Comments Form from the Documents tab and once completed, email it to Geoff Neden : The Society reserves the right to edit any such comments.