‘In the next world, I shan’t be doing music, with all the striving and disappointments. I shall be being it.’Ralph Vaughan Williams 1958
2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). As one of the great symphonists of the twentieth century, his extraordinary impact on British music cannot be underestimated.
Under the banner of RVW 150 and coordinated by the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, a comprehensive programme of his work will be presented throughout the UK and internationally starting in spring 2022 and continuing through his birthday in October until the end of the season in 2023.
Alongside commitments from orchestras, festivals, choirs, schools and churches, the BBC has allocated a producer to the anniversary year and, the Trust is additionally in discussion with other significant bodies including the National Trust, the British Library and Classic FM.
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Key dates and performances will be announced under the banner RVW 150 early in 2022. Check back for more news.