Recent support

The VWCT supports the advancement, anywhere in the world, of the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the life and works of the late Ralph Vaughan Williams and of his wife Ursula Vaughan Williams.

In the last five years grants totalling over £450,0000 have been awarded. Below is a very small selection of the projects supported:

Performances and Festivals

Premiere performances at the English Music Festival including Serenade in A minor, Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra and The Garden of Proserpine

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

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

The Vaughan Williams Festival at Down Ampney 2018.

Byre Opera’s production of Riders to the Sea in St Andrews, Scotland in 2019

The Royal Northern College of Music’s production of The Pilgrim’s Progress by the college’s opera department in 2019.

Film and Recordings

Making John Bridcut’s The Passions of Vaughan Williams commercially available on DVD

Dutton Epoch label for the release of the first recording of the complete score of Scott of the Antarctic (Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates)

Albion Records for the first recording of the incidental music for The BacchaeIphigenia in Tauris and Electra by Euripides performed by Heather Lowe, The Joyful Company of Singers and Britten Sinfonia conducted by Alan Tongue

Big Screen Live for preparing the film Scott of the Antarctic for showing ‘the composer’s cut’ in live performance

Publications

New editions:

Sir John in Love edited by David Lloyd-Jones, Oxford University Press (In preparation)
A Sea Symphony edited by David Matthews, Stainer & Bell (In preparation)
Job: a Masque for Dancing edited by Julian Rushton, Oxford University Press 2018
Symphony no. 4 edited by David Matthews, Oxford University Press 2018
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
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
Incidental music to The Wasps of Aristophanes, edited by David Matthews, Faber Music 2010

First Editions:

The BacchaeIphigenia in Tauris and Electra, incidental music edited by Alan Tongue, Promethean Editions Ltd, New Zealand 2019
Scott of the Antarctic, complete music for the film [1948] reconstructed and edited by Martin Yates, Oxford University Press 2018
Richard II, incidental music for a radio production of 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 2018
Harnham DownBurley Heath and The Solent, all edited by James Francis Brown, Oxford University Press 2013
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
Serenade in A minor (1898) and Bucolic Suite, both 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.

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

Research and Acquisitions

Support for the Letters of Ralph Vaughan Williams website where transcripts of over 5000 items of correspondence, fully indexed, can be read online in an ongoing collection

The British Library’s purchase of the manuscript of the Second String Quartet

The Art Fund campaign to save the Wedgwood Museum

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

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

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