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


Recent sponsorship



A production by English National Opera of Vaughan Williams’s opera Riders to the Sea in November 2008.

Productions by New Sussex Opera in November 2010 and by Hampstead Garden Opera in November 2011 of Vaughan Williams’s opera Hugh the Drover.

A production in November 2011 of Vaughan Williams’s opera The Poisoned Kiss by Leeds Youth Opera.

A production of Vaughan Williams’s The Pilgrim’s Progress by English National Opera at the London Coliseum in November 2012.

Other works

A season of Vaughan Williams concerts in Boston, Mass., by Cantata Singers from October 2010 to March 2011.

The premiere in March 2011 of A Cambridge Mass at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, by the Bach Choir and New Queen’s Hall Orchestra conducted by Alan Tongue, together with further performances by Bath Choral Society in July 2011 and by the Hampshire Choral Society, Mass. (the American premiere) in January 2012, also conducted by Alan Tongue. A performance by Exeter Philharmonic Choir conducted by Andrew Millington in March 2012.

The premiere of The Garden of Proserpine at the English Music Festival in Dorchester in 2011 and a subsequent performance in March 2012 by Nantwich Choral Society.

The premiere of Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra at the English Music Festival in Dorchester in 2012.

A series of concerts by the City of London Sinfonia conducted by Stephen Layton entitled Conquering the Antarctic each of which included excerpts from Vaughan Williams’s music for the film Scott of the Antarctic with Hugh Bonneville as narrator and a performance of Sinfonia Antartica. The concerts were given in Birmingham, Cheltenham, Cambridge, Cardiff and London in February/March 2012. We have also supported a performance of Sinfonia Antartica by the Dundee Symphony Orchestra in November 2012.

Public premieres of The Solent and Serenade in A minor in the English Music Festival at Dorchester in May 2013

Performances of works by Ralph Vaughan Williams given by: Hull University, the Holst Birthplace Trust, the English Music Festival, Celebrating English Song at Tardebigge, Newbury Spring Festival, The Blackheath Choir, The Somerset Chamber Choir, Eye Bach Choir, Three Choirs Festival, the Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra, University of Dublin Choral Society, Music in Hospitals, Brussels Choral Society, St Albans Chamber Choir with Worms Kantorei, The Valley Music Festival 2011, Sutton House Music Society, Culwick Choral Society, Dublin, Aurora Orchestra, Carolina Choir, Chapel Hill, a series of chamber music concerts entitled ‘Musica Britannica’ in St Petersburg, Peter Symonds College, Winchester, the English Symphony Orchestra, Worcester, the West End Festival, Glasgow, Cheltenham Music Festival, Fishguard International Music Festival, Down Ampney Parish Church Council, Blackburn Cathedral Trust, Cleveland Philharmonic Choir, Dulwich Symphony Orchestra, and the City of Wolverhampton Choir, King Edward School, Worcester, Hadleigh Chroal Society, Northampton Bach Choir, Wellesley Choral Society, Massachusetts USA, Woodbridge Chamber Concerts, Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orpheus Foundation, Southrepps Classical Music Festival, London Soloists Ensemble, North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, Taunton & Somerset Music, Drama and Dance Festival, Singakademie Chemnitz, Wombourne and District Choral Society, North London Sinfonia, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Des Moines, Iowa, The University of York.


A recording of the conversation between Richard Hickox and Stephen Connock on 22 November 2008 for inclusion in the publication Let Beauty Awake (Elgar Edition 2010).

The first recording of Vaughan Williams’s previously unpublished choral work The Garden of Proserpine with the Joyful Company of Singers and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Daniel issued in 2011 by Albion Records.

The first recording of Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra of 1902 with Mark Bebbington and the Ulster Orchestra conducted by George Vass issued in 2011 by SOMM Records.

A recording by David Pike of Songs of Travel and other songs issued in 2012 by Signum Records.

The first recording of Vaughan Williams’s Bucolic Suite, Serenade in A Major (1898) and the Suite arranged by Roy Douglas from Folk Songs of the Four Seasons together with Dark Pastoral for cello and orchestra written by David Matthews based on sketches for the slow movement of the unfinished cello concerto by Vaughan Williams with Guy Johnston and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates issued in 2012 by Dutton Epoch.

A recording of Vaughan Williams’s Three Impressions for Orchestra (BurleyHeath, The Solent and Harnham Down) together with Songs of Travel Book I (arranged for baritone and orchestra by the composer) Four Hymns for tenor, viola obbligato and strings, Weyhill Fair Song, Incidental music to the Mayor of Casterbridge, and Prelude on an Old Carol Tune with Roland Wood, Andrew Kennedy, Nicholas Bootiman and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paul Daniel issued in 2013 by Albion Records.


First publication

Heroic Elegy and Triumphal Epilogue, edited by Alain Frogley, Faber Music 2008.

Scenes adapted from Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, by Evelyn U. Ouless with music composed and selected by Ralph Vaughan Williams, edited by Nathaniel G. Lew, Promethean Editions Ltd, New Zealand, 2008.

O My Dear Heart, carol for SSSAAA a cappella, Oxford University Press, 2009.

Finding Ursula Vaughan Williams: New songs for voice and piano on poems by Ursula Vaughan Williams, University of York Music Press 2010.

A Cambridge Mass, vocal score, edited by Alan Tongue, Stainer & Bell 2011.

The Mayor of Casterbridge: Incidental music for a radio dramatization of Thomas Hardy’s novel, edited by Nathaniel G. Lew, Promethean Editions Ltd, New Zealand 2011.

The Garden of Proserpine, vocal score, edited by James Francis Brown, Stainer & Bell 2011.

A Cambridge Mass, full score, edited by Alan Tongue, Stainer & Bell 2012.

Serenade in A major (1898), edited by Julian Rushton, Oxford University Press 2012.

Bucolic Suite, edited by Julian Rushton, Oxford University Press 2012.

Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra, full score and two-piano score, edited by Graham Parlett, Oxford University Press 2012.

Flourish for Glorious John, score and parts (hire only), Oxford University Press, 2012 Nocturne: Whispers of Heavenly Death, full score, Faber Music 2013 The Solent, full score, edited by James Francis Brown, Oxford University Press 2013 Burley Heath, full score, edited by James Francis Brown, Oxford University Press 2013 Harnham Down, full score, edited by James Francis Brown, Oxford University Press 2013

New editions

The orchestral score of the cantata Willow Wood, Stainer & Bell 2005.

Symphony no. 5, edited by Peter Horton, Oxford University Press 2008.

A facsimile reprint of the volume of The RCM Magazine commemorating Ralph Vaughan Williams, first issued in 1959, RCM 2009.

A revised edition in paperback of Letters of Ralph Vaughan Williams 1895-1958, edited by Hugh Cobbe, Oxford University Press 2010.

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Faber Music 2010.

Vaughan Williams’s incidental music to The Wasps of Aristophanes, edited by David Matthews, Faber Music 2010.

Twelve Traditional Carols from Herefordshire, edited by Roy Palmer, Stainer & Bell 2011.

Symphony no. 6, edited by David Lloyd-Jones, Oxford University Press 2012.

Sinfonia Antartica, edited by David Matthews, Oxford University Press 2012.

Tuba Concerto, edited by David Matthews, Oxford University Press 2012

In preparation

First publication:

Norfolk Rhapsody no. 2 (Oxford University Press) A road all paved with stars: Fantasia on music from The Poisoned Kiss (Oxford University Press)

New editions:

Four Hymns (Boosey & |Hawkes) Sancta Civitas (Faber Music)
Pastoral Symphony (Faber Music)
Flos Campi (Oxford University Press)
Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes (Oxford University Press)
Symphony no. 4 (Oxford University Press)
Symphony no. 8 (Oxford University Press)
Symphony no. 9 (Oxford University Press)


A grant to the British Library for the acquisition at auction of autograph manuscripts of Vaughan Williams in December 2009.

A grant to the British Library to enable the acquisition of letters from Vaughan Williams to Martin Shaw in March 2011.