2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), one of the great symphonists of the twentieth century and one of the UK’s most beloved composers.
Shaped by the great Renaissance composers and a love of British folk tunes, Vaughan Williams’s compositions reveal the history and landscapes of everyday life and, together with his arrangements of hymns and carols, remain at the heart of British music making.
With the collective ambition of widening and deepening understanding of Vaughan Williams’s music, the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust is coordinating the efforts of the key organisations promoting his legacy during the anniversary year.
Under the banner of RVW 150, a national PR campaign will be launched on 12 October 2021 – a year to the day before the anniversary itself – when key dates and performances for the anniversary year will be announced. A complete list of works with links to the publishers of each work will be published on this site and all partner organisations will be contacting festivals, orchestras, choirs, chamber groups, opera, ballet and theatre companies, brass bands and folk musicians, whether amateur or professional, to encourage performances across all genres which celebrate Vaughan Williams in the anniversary year.