Image of a young Vaughan Williams, a plaque bearing his name, a older Vaughan Willams and Ursela Williams

Welcome to the website of the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust.

The trust was established by Mrs Ursula Vaughan Williams (1911–2007), widow of the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958), and became active in the 50th anniversary year of the composer’s death.

The celebrations connected with the anniversary demonstrated that Ralph Vaughan Williams is one of the most loved British composers – his piece for violin and orchestra, The Lark Ascending, has repeatedly been voted the country’s most popular piece of classical music.

The trust’s primary object is to promote knowledge about Ralph Vaughan Williams and performance of his works. It does this by making grants in support of eligible projects.

Please click on the links to the left to find out about the trustees and Director of the trust, the grant application process, some of the recent projects that we have sponsored and how to contact us.