What is RVW150?

RVW150 – our celebration of Ralph Vaughan Williams 150 years after his birth – extends through 2022-3

In February 2022, the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust and BBC Radio 3 announced outline plans for RVW150 events taking place to the end of the current season. The launch took place in Manchester at the opening concert of the Vaughan Williams symphonic cycle, Toward the Unknown Region, presented over 11 weeks by the BBC Philharmonic and the Hallé.

True to RVW’s life’s work, the events that make up RVW150 range from performances of his symphonies, ballets, and operas to travelling folk concerts with cathedral choirs, from amateur groups to international soloists. In May alone there are more than 45 concerts that feature RVW’s music starting with a performance of Variations for Brass Bands at the European Band Championships held in Birmingham and the Chamber Ensemble of London’s performance of Concerto Grosso at Kings Place. Later events will be announced in the summer. Read the press release

His music has an emotional honesty

‘A composer who believed that music should be felt, rather than described’

RVW 150 Ambassador , violinist Tasmin Little explores the enduring popularity of RVW’s music. Read more

Orchestral Highlights

As one of the 20th century’s leading orchestral composers, orchestras across the country are featuring RVW’s music this year from symphony cycles and concertos to fantasias, serenades and tone poems. Read more

Vaughan Williams in Schools

Initiated and supported by VWCT and produced by the Music Teachers Association, a new schools programme will be set up to provide resources for the teaching of aspects RVW’s work across all levels of education and rolled out free to schools across the UK from the start of the academic year. Read more

RVW on Radio 3

A new version of The Lark Ascending recreated using real birdsong, a four-week Composer of the Week series, an exploration of Folk Songs and Hymns, and much more. BBC Radio 3 will bring Vaughan Williams directly to your home. Read more

Hymns and Folksongs

The From Pub to Pulpit tour draws on RVW’s legacy as an ardent collector of folk songs which he then later ‘borrowed’ for hymns. Read more

New Commissions

With characteristic generosity RVW founded the RVW Trust in 1956 to support the work of his fellow composers. A series of new works are being supported by the RVWT in 2022-23 reflecting on or inspired by his ideas and music. Read more

Festive Celebrations

The universal popularity of his music sees RVW150 celebrations feature in festivals across the UK and extend across the globe from America to Australia and Japan. Read more

New Editions

With the completion of a major unfinished score, a composer’s cut of the 1948 film of Scott of the Antarctic, and new editions, collections and orchestrations of well-loved pieces, RVW’s publishers continue to bring his work to new performers and audiences. Read more

Ginny Macbeth / Anna Cooper 
Macbeth Media Relations    
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