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PERFORMANCES

Operas

A production of The Pilgrim’s Progress in Orleans, Massachusetts by the Gloriae Dei Artes Foundation in October 2017

A production of Sir John in Love in New York by Bronx Opera in January 2017

A production of Riders to the Sea by British Youth Opera in September 2015

A production of Riders to the Sea given at Morley College in July 2015

A production of Riders to the Sea given at Epsom and Storrington by Opera Holloway in July 2014

A production of The Pilgrim’s Progress by English National Opera in November 2012

Productions of Hugh the Drover by New Sussex Opera in November 2010 and by Hampstead Garden Opera in November 2011

A production of The Poisoned Kiss by Leeds Youth Opera in November 2011

A production of Riders to the Sea by English National Opera in November 2008

Premieres

Burley Heath and Harnham Down in the English Music Festival at Dorchester in May 2014

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

Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra at the English Music Festival in Dorchester in 2012

The Garden of Proserpine at the English Music Festival in Dorchester in 2011

A Cambridge Mass at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, by the Bach Choir and New Queen’s Hall Orchestra conducted by Alan Tongue in 2011

Since it started operating in August 2008 the Trust has given grants to the following to support performances of works by Ralph Vaughan Williams:
Aberystwyth Choral Society Music in Hospitals
Adderbury Music Trust Musica Britannica, a series of chamber music concerts in St Petersburg and elsewhere in Russia
American Symphony Orchestra, New York Musikverein der Stadt Bielefeld
Aurora Orchestra National Trust, Leith Hill Place
Bath Choral Society National Youth Choir
Betty Roe Society Newbury Spring Festival
Blackburn Cathedral Trust Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Blackheath Choir /td> North London Chorus
Brighton Orpheus Choir North London Sinfonia
Bronx Opera, New York North Norfolk Sinfonia
Brussels Choral Society North York Moors Chamber Music Festival
Burgess Hill Choral Society North London Chorus
Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra Northampton Bach Choir
Cantata Singers, Boston, Massachusetts Northampton Symphony Orchestra
Canterbury Choral Society Northern Chamber Orchestra
Canterbury Choral Society, New York Nottingham Bach Choir
Carolina Choir, Chapel Hill Opera Anywhere Ltd
Cecilia Consort Opera Prelude
Celebrating English Song at Tardebigge Operetta Theatre Company
Chamber Orchestra of New York Orchestra of the Swan
Charnwood Orchestra Ormskirk Music Society
Cheltenham Music Festival Orpheus Foundation
Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra Ottawa Choral Society, Canada
Chernivtsi Philharmonic Society, Ukraine Peter Symonds College, Winchester
The Chiswick Choir Philadelphia Orchestra, USA
Choeurs et Orchestres des Grandes Écoles, Paris Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London
City of Glasgow Chorus Pro Arte Chorale, Ridgewood, New Jersey
City of London Sinfonia Richmondshire Choral Society
City of Wolverhampton Choir Roman River Music
Cleveland Philharmonic Choir Romsey Choral Society
Culwick Choral Society, Dublin Royal Academy of Music
Davenport Trust Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Down Ampney Parish Church Council Ralph Vaughan Williams Society
Dulwich Symphony Orchestra St Albans Chamber Choir with Worms Kantorei
Dundee Symphony Orchestra St Hedwig’s Cathedral Choir, Berlin
English Music Festival St James’s Church, Spanish Place, London
English Symphony Orchestra, Worcester St James’s Church, Woodcott
Eversley Choir Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Exeter Philharmonic Choir Sidcup Symphony Orchestra
Exmouth, Exeter and Wellington Choral Societies Singakademie Chemnitz
Eye Bach Choir Somerset Chamber Choir
Farnham & Bourne Choral Society South Bank Sinfonia
Finzi Friends Southrepps Classical Music Festival
Fishguard International Music Festival Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra
Friends of Sussex Hospices Surrey Festival Choir
Gemengd Zangkoor, Oosterheide Sussex Chorus
Gloriae Dei Artes Foundation, Orleans, Massachusetts Sutton House Music Society
Gloucester Cathedral Tabernacl Music Society
Great Missenden Choral Society Taunton & Somerset Music, Drama and Dance Festival
Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society Taunton Choral Society
Hadleigh Choral Society Taunton Sinfonietta
Hampshire Choral Society, Massachusetts Tenebrae Choir
Harmony Sinfonia, Lewisham Tewkesbury Camerata
Hertford Choral Society The Temple Church
Hertfordshire Chorus Thames Philharmonic Choir
Holst Birthplace Trust Thaxted Festival
Hull Philharmonic Orchestra Three Choirs Festival
Hull University UTCinqiéme Orchestre, Paris
Huntingdonshire Philharmonic University of Dublin Choral Society
International Organ Festival Society, St Albans University of Essex Choir
Ipswich Orchestral Society University of Sheffield
Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra University of York
King Edward VI School, Stratford Valley Music Festival 2011
Letchworth Music Club Voices of London Festival
Liberty Memorial Association, Kansas City Wagening Symphony Orchestra
Liverpool Welsh Choral Vaughan Williams Festival, Down Ampney
London Chorus Wellesley Choral Society, Massachusetts USA
London English Song Festival Welwyn Garden City Orchestra and Chorus
London Soloists Ensemble West End Festival, Glasgow
LSKO Collegium Musicum, Leiden, Netherlands Westminster Presbyterian Church, Des Moines, Iowa
Ludlow English Song Weekend Whittington Music Festival
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York Wombourne and District Choral Society
Medical Festival Orchestra of London Woodbridge Chamber Concerts
Midsummer Opera Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra
Monteverdichor, Würzburg Wuppertal opera
Music at Combe ZNCK South Netherlands Concert Choir


RECORDINGS

A first recording of the music written by Vaughan Williams for The Bacchae, Iphigenia in Tauris and Electra by Euripides in Gilbert Murray’s translation, edited by Alan Tongue with the Britten Sinfonia issued in 2017 by Albion Records

A first recording of the complete music written by Vaughan Williams for the film Scott of the Antarctic, edited by Martin Yates with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates issued in 2017 by Dutton Epoch

A first recording of Vaughan Williams’s suite Fat Knight (drawn from the music for Sir John in Love) together with Henry V Overture (both orchestrated by Martin Yates) and the orchestral version of Serenade to Music with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates issued in 2016 by Dutton Epoch

A first recording of Three Nocturnes (nos 1 and 3 orchestrated by Anthony Payne), A Road All Paved with Stars: Fantasia on Music from The Poisoned Kiss by Adrian Williams, Stricken Peninsula by Philip Lane (based on music reconstructed from the soundtrack of the film for which Vaughan Williams composed the music), Four last songs (orchestrated by Anthony Payne) with Jennifer Johnston, Roderick Williams and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins issued in 2016 by Albion

A recording of the 1920 version of Vaughan Williams’s A London Symphony together with the two-piano version of his Piano Concerto with Leon McCawley and John Lenehan with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates issued in 2015 by Dutton Epoch

A first recording of Diabelleries, a theme and variations by Vaughan Williams and other composers, along with chamber music by Gerald Finzi, by Cologne Chamber Soloists issued in 2015 by DG Scene, Germany

A recording of Vaughan Williams’s Oboe Concerto played by Nicholas Daniel with the Britten Sinfonia conducted by James MacMillan issued in 2015 by Harmonia Mundi

A first recording of Vaughan Williams’s Three Impressions for Orchestra (Burley Heath, 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

The first recording of Vaughan Williams’s Bucolic Suite, Serenade in A minor (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 by David Pike of Songs of Travel and other songs issued in 2012 by Signum 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 in 2011

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

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)

PUBLICATIONS SUPPORTED BY THE TRUST

Works published for the first time

Two Vocal Duets for soprano, baritone, violin and piano edited by Marcus DeLoach, Stainer & Bell 2017

Three Nocturnes (1908) nos 1 and 3 orchestrated by Anthony Payne, published with no. 2 (Whispers of Heavenly Death) as a set of three, Faber Music 2017

A Road All Paved with Stars: Fantasia on Music from The Poisoned Kiss, by Adrian Williams, Oxford University Press 2016

England’s Pleasant Land edited by Peter Horton, bandmusicpdf.net, USA, under licence from Oxford University Press 2017

Richard II: incidental music for a radio production of William Shakespeare’s play edited by Nathaniel G. Lew, Promethean Editions Ltd, New Zealand, 2014

Norfolk Rhapsody no. 2 edited by Stephen Hogger, Oxford University Press 2014

Harnham Down, full score, edited by James Francis Brown, Oxford University Press 2013

Burley Heath, full score, edited by James Francis Brown, Oxford University Press 2013

The Solent, full score, edited by James Francis Brown, Oxford University Press 2013

Nocturne: Whispers of Heavenly Death, full score, Faber Music 2013

Flourish for Glorious John, score and parts (hire only), Oxford University Press, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Heroic Elegy and Triumphal Epilogue, Faber Music 2008

New editions of previously published works

Symphony no. 9, edited by Alain Frogley, Oxford University Press 2017

Pastoral Symphony, edited by David Matthews, Faber Music 2016

Symphony no. 8, edited by David Lloyd-Jones, Oxford University Press 2016

Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes, Oxford University Press 2015

Four Hymns, Boosey & Hawkes 2015

Flos Campi, edited by Julian Rushton, Oxford University Press 2014

Sancta Civitas, Faber Music 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Faber Music 2010

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

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

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

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

Works re-originated without being newly edited (Oxford University Press)

The Old Hundredth

An Oxford Elegy

Oboe Concerto in A minor

Violin Concerto in D minor

Other writings

Hugh Cobbe, ‘Meanwhile back at home: the family life of Ralph Vaughan Williams’, Ralph Vaughan Williams Society Journal, issue 70 (October 2017), pp 3–7

Hugh Cobbe, ‘The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust: the last five years’, Ralph Vaughan Williams Society Journal, issue 70 (October 2017), p 8

Hugh Cobbe, ‘Michael Kennedy and Ralph Vaughan Williams; a mutual gift of friendship’ Ralph Vaughan Williams Society Journal, issue 63 (July 2015), pp 17‒21

Hugh Cobbe, ‘Publishing Vaughan Williams: the copyright owner’s view’, Ralph Vaughan Williams Society Journal, issue 59 (February 2014), pp 3‒4

Simon Wright, ‘Publishing Vaughan Williams: the music publisher’s view’, Ralph Vaughan Williams Society Journal, issue 59 (February 2014), pp 5‒7

Hugh Cobbe, ‘The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust’, Ralph Vaughan Williams Society Journal, issue 54 (June 2012), pp 16‒17

PUBLICATIONS IN PREPARATION

Works to be published for the first time

Scott of the Antarctic, the complete music for the film edited by Martin Yates (Oxford University Press)

Fat Knight: Suite from Sir John in Love, suite for two pianos by Vaughan Williams orchestrated by Martin Yates (Oxford University Press)

Songs of Travel, with accompaniments orchestrated by Vaughan Williams (1,3 and 8) and Roy Douglas (remainder) (Boosey & Hawkes)

New editions of previously published works

Job: a Masque for Dancing edited by Julian Rushton (Oxford University Press)

Symphony no. 4 edited by David Matthews (Oxford University Press)

A Sea Symphony edited by David Matthews (Stainer & Bell)

OTHER GRANTS

A grant to Public Memorial Appeal as a contribution to the cost of a plaque in memory of Michael Kennedy in Manchester

A grant made to the Finzi Trust as a contribution to the cost of a Finzi Memorial Window at Gloucester Cathedral

A grant to Bleu Nuit Éditeur, Paris, to support the publication of Ralph Vaughan Williams by Marc Vignal, a French biography in the series ‘Horizons’

A grant to the British Library to enable the acquisition of a marked vocal score of Toward the Unknown Region by Vaughan Williams

A grant to Boydell & Brewer to support the publication of Accompanied Voices: poets on composers from Thomas Tallis to Arvo Pärt, edited by John Greening (Woodbridge 2015)

A grant to Boydell & Brewer to support the publication of Masques, Mayings and Music Dramas: Vaughan Williams and the early twentieth century stage by Roger Savage (Woodbridge 2014)

A grant to The Art Fund campaign to save the Wedgwood Museum

Grant to the British Library to enable the acquisition of letters from Vaughan Williams to Martin Shaw

Grant to the British Library to enable the acquisition of autograph manuscripts of Vaughan Williams at auction