Shaun Ward studied organ and harpsichord at the University of Huddersfield gaining his BMus(Hons) in 1999 and MA in 2001, winning prizes for both degrees.
His work as a continuo player has included concerts with many choral societies, and orchestras, as well as the Three Choirs Festival and the York Early Music Festival. As a soloist his work includes regular recitals as part of the Hereford Cathedral Summer series; recent venues have included Tewkesbury Abbey, Bath Abbey and Wells Cathedral.
Following posts at Leeds Parish Church and Hereford, Shaun became Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church, Hereford for five years, during which time he rekindled the choral tradition, taking the choir on a number of tours in the UK and Europe. His interest in historic buildings led him to work in an architectural practice, and he completed an MSc at Bath University in the conservation of historic buildings.
In 2007 Shaun took up the post of Director of Music of Ludlow Parish Church, since which time the choir has broadcast regularly on BBC local radio and recorded a CD. The choir has performed Vivaldi’s Gloria with the English Symphony Orchestra as part of the Ludlow Festival, as well as singing services at Gloucester, Hereford and Bristol Cathedrals. In 2014 he became Artistic Director of the new Ludlow Arts Summer Festival, creating an annual programme of high-quality classical concerts, as well as directing the Festival Chorus in performances of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Durufle's Requiem.
As curator of the famous Snetzler organ, Shaun has overseen further restoration of the instrument, as well as promoting a popular series of organ recitals and the production of a DVD celebrating the organ’s 250th anniversary. He is also Clerk of Works, supervising a major programme of conservation of the fabric of St Laurence’s and its development for the future.
When time allows he enjoys cycling, the gym, travelling and continues to study piano and organ.
See Ludlow Arts pages for details of a recital he is giving on 22 September at St Laurence's Ludlow.