RVW150

This year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams with a packed schedule of concerts, events and opportunities for wider participation. 


We will be paying homage to RVW’s significant contribution to choral music not only through his own works, but also the many composers he taught, mentored, encouraged, and promoted throughout his life. 

RVW Statue in Dorking - image from Sue Lowry/A3Traveller

Among these include many female composers, such as Elizabeth Maconchy, Imogen Holst, Jane Joseph and Ina Boyle. In April, we will perform works of theirs which have not been heard live for decades at the Ludlow English Song Weekend, where we will even be giving the first performance of a piece by Ina Boyle which she composed while studying with Vaughan Williams in 1925.

 

2022 also marks 100 years since the first performances of Vaughan Williams’s groundbreaking Mass in G Minor and his hauntingly beautiful motet O Vos Omnes. These works will frame the majority of our programmes. 

 

In May, we will focus on a well-trodden topic – Vaughan Williams and the English countryside – but in a new light. During our Choral Discovery Day at Chiltern Arts we will use landscape and the outdoors to compare Vaughan Williams to his direct Swedish contemporary, Hugo Alfvén with the help of UCL’s Lecturer in Swedish Annika Lindskog. 

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'Versions of Vaughan Williams'  image from
the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust.

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Hugo Alfvén beside a mountain cabin in the Swedish highlands

Our concert at Hill Barn – a stunning new venue in the Cotswolds – will then allow full immersion in music and the landscape, followed by a chance to meet the choir and take in the views. Tickets for this event are now on sale here, or read more below.

 

Our appearances at summer festivals – Spitalfields, Lichfield & Cheltenham – will feature Vaughan Williams’ music in different contexts, revealing yet more sides of his multifaceted personality. We will end our summer programme with a fitting tribute: a special concert at St Mary’s Church, Banbury, where we will perform Vaughan Williams’s most iconic choral works together with Banbury Choral Society.

 

For a composer fascinated with the idea of pilgrimage, this will certainly feel like a major journey of music-making and discovery. We hope that you will be able to ramble, reflect, and reconnect along with us!

View all events here.

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EVENT in focus...

22 MAY

2022

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS AT HILL BARN IN THE COTSWOLDS

HILL BARN, Nr LOWER SWELL, GLOUCESTERSHIRE

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Experience Vaughan Williams’ music from within the landscape: Hill Barn has spectacular views across Gloucestershire and is a brand new venue for The Carice Singers in the Cotswolds. 

Concert at 5.00pm, followed by a Meet-the-performers Reception