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


Michael Kennedy CBE (Chairman)

Michael Kennedy is a journalist and music critic and was a close friend of both Ralph and Ursula Vaughan Williams. He is author of The Works of Ralph Vaughan Williams (Oxford 1980) and of Catalogue of the Works of Ralph Vaughan Williams (Oxford 1998). He is former Chairman of RVW Trust and of RVW Ltd and President of the Vaughan Williams Society.

Stephen Connock MBE

Stephen Connock was co–founder of the RVW Society and its Chairman from 1994 to 2008. He is editor of The Complete Poems of Ursula Vaughan Williams (Albion Music 2003) and of There was a time... (Albion Music 2003), a collection of photos of Vaughan Williams taken from Ursula’s collection. He is Executive Producer for Albion Records, a label devoted to recording rare RVW and is writing a number of books on Vaughan Williams, including RVW Remembered.

Andrew Dixon

Andrew Dixon is a partner in Collyer Bristow LLP and an experienced charity lawyer. He was Ursula Vaughan Williams’s personal solicitor during her lifetime, and has been involved with the Vaughan Williams estate for over a decade. He now acts both as a trustee and as solicitor to the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust.

Sally Groves

Sally Groves is Creative Director, London of Schott Music where she is responsible for much of the firm’s contemporary music catalogue. Until earlier this year, she was Vice Chair of Sound and Music, a member of the Board of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and served on The North Music Trust Classical Music Advisory Panel for The Sage, Gateshead. She is a member of the Board of the Music Publishers Association. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for the Promotion of New Music from 1979–90, becoming its Chairman for the last two years, a director of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 1998–2004 and a Governor of the Royal Northern College of Music from 1997–2006, of which she is now an Honorary Member. She was a close friend of the Trust’s founder, Ursula Vaughan Williams.

Eva Hornstein

Eva Hornstein knew Ralph and Ursula Vaughan Williams from her earliest days, and later was Ursula’s close friend and neighbour for 18 years. Almost all her working life has been in the world of music.

Joyce Kennedy

Joyce Kennedy is a retired anaesthetist and GP. She is co–author with her husband, Michael Kennedy, of The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music, and author of A Dictionary of Opera Characters and of Opera: The Great Composers and their Masterworks.

Arthur Searle

Arthur Searle is a former Curator of Music Manuscripts at the British Library and has been Honorary Librarian of the Royal Philharmonic Society since 1983.

Bernard Watson

Bernie Watson is a Chartered Accountant, holds the Diploma in Charity Accounting and is in professional practice as a partner in haysmacintyre. He has been involved professionally with all types of charities for over 25 years.


Hugh Cobbe OBE

Hugh Cobbe, formerly Head of Music Collections at the British Library, is editor of Letters of Ralph Vaughan Williams 1895–1958. He is Chairman of the RVW Trust, of the National Folk Music Fund and of the Gerald Coke Handel Foundation, and a Past President of the Royal Musical Association.