News and Information
I Love My Love
A Folk Song Collection
Arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Cecil Sharp, Lucy Broadwood, Percy Grainger, Gustav Holst, Ethel Smyth and others
The English Singers, Glasgow Orpheus Choir, Fleet Street Choir, onchita Supervia, Steuart Wilson, Frederick Ranalow, Leon Goossens, Adrian Boult, Malcolm Sargent, Hugh Roberton.
Updated 9 August 2017
Conservation of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ original working copy of Bach’s St Matthew Passion score
A Talk by Conservator Victoria Stevens who will give a presentation on the recent restoration of the score, which was used by Vaughan Williams at the Leith Hill Musical Festival. The score will be on view in a specially commissioned display case.
Tuesday 19th September 2017 at Dorking Halls, Surrey
10:30 and to 12.30 pm
The talk is free to Friends and Patrons of the Festival, £7.50 to others (including tea/coffee).
To reserve a place: please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: Mandy Begg 07775 745689
For more information visit: http://www.lhmf.org.uk/events-and-tickets/st-matthew-talk/
Updated 25 July 2017
Photo © Leith Hill Musical Festival
Annual General Meeting, Sunday 8 October 2017
Guildhall School of Music & Drama,
Silk Street, Barbican,
15:00 Annual General Meeting
- Welcome by the Chairman
- Chairman’s Annual Report
- Membership Officer’s Report
- Treasurer’s Report
- Adoption of the Annual Report and Accounts of The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society for 2016-2017
- Election and re-election of trustees and Independent Examiner
- Any other business
16:00 Talk by Martyn Brabbins
17:00 A glass of wine
Updated 15 July 2017
MISTRESS AND MUSE: Ursula – The second Mrs Vaughan Williams
A Biography by Janet Tennant
This is the first biography of Ursula Vaughan Williams (1911 – 2007), a distinguished poet, novelist and librettist and second wife of the internationally-acclaimed composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Drawing on narratives and important insights from a fascinating collection of papers, diaries, letters and photographs that until now have been in Ursula’s family, Janet Tennant presents Ursula’s story – a journey which covers her background and early years in a peripatetic army family through to her becoming Ralph Vaughan Williams’s muse, lover and, ultimately, his inspirational second wife.
393 pages including index and 45 b/w illustrations
Visit the Albion Records website: albionmusic.com/mistress-and-muse/
Updated 11 September 2017
Please support Albion’s next recording:
THE GREEK PLAYS, 1911
In April we shall be recording the incidental music for three plays by Euripides – The Bacchae, Iphigenia in Tauris and Electra which Vaughan Williams wrote in 1911. This is choral music – for mezzo soprano (Heather Lowe), female chorus (The Joyful Company of Singers) and orchestra (Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Alan Tongue).
This is about an hour of music, and is the last unknown and unrecorded work by RVW on this scale; we believe this to be a really important recording.
We have asked members and supporters of The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society for help with recordings on a number of past occasions – most recently for our successful recordings Discoveries and Fair Child of Beauty. We are asking for help once again. We have some funds promised but need another £10,000.
All donations are appreciated, but we are targeting two sponsorship levels – and of course sponsors are welcome to add further donations:
Supporters at £100
Click here to support the recording with £100. We will print names of supporters in the booklet and send you a CD as soon as they are available.
Champions at £250
Click here to support us with £100. We’ll print a more prominent list; we’ll burn you a CD as soon as we have audio files; we’ll supply five copies of the finished CD; and you’ll be welcome to attend the recording session in London in April.
A click here will generate a donation of £25; you can vary the “quantity” once you get to the Paypal settlement page to achieve multiples of this amount.
Updated 13 March 2017
Anthony Goldstone 1944 – 2017
We are sorry to announce the death of Anthony Goldstone on the morning of 2 January 2017.
Anthony (“Tony”) Goldstone was born in Liverpool and studied music at the Royal Manchester College of Music of which he became a fellow. He had an international career as both a solo and duet pianist. He has appeared on more than 70 CDs, many of them with his wife, Caroline Clemmow; they were known professionally as “Goldstone and Clemmow”.
Tony approached Albion Records in 2016 with a proposal to record a number of RVW works including Michael Mullinar’s (and RVW’s) piano duet arrangement of the Fifth Symphony. The project proceeded rapidly, and we released “Music for two Pianos” in time for Christmas. Cancer was diagnosed soon afterwards, and its rapid progress meant that plans for further recordings could not be fulfilled.
A week before his death, Tony wrote: “You will be pleased to know that I play our CD virtually every evening after I’ve hit the sheets, partly because the music is so beautiful, partly because I can hardly believe that we did it!”
Tony died at home, peacefully on the morning of 2 January. His wife, Caroline, was with him.
Updated 13 March 2017
‘Discoveries’ nominated for Grammy
Our recent CD Discoveries (Three Nocturnes, A Road all Paved with Stars, Stricken Peninsula and Four Last Songs) has been nominated for ‘Best Classical Compendium’ in the forthcoming round of Grammy Awards. This is really thrilling news, and all the people who were involved in the long process of conceiving, recording and finally releasing Discoveries are to be warmly congratulated.
This is not the first time an Albion recording has been nominated: our very successful recording The Solent (Andrew Kennedy, Roland Wood, Paul Daniel and the RLPO) was nominated in the same category a couple of years ago. It didn’t win, but we were pleased (as we are once again) to be nominated.
Here is the full list of nominees in that category (and I would describe at least some of the competition as pretty stiff – we are in seriously good company):
“Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle” — Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer
“Gesualdo” — Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor; Manfred Eicher, producer
“Vaughan Williams: Discoveries” — Martyn Brabbins, conductor; [Andrew Walton, producer]“Wolfgang: Passing Through” — Judith Farmer & Gernot Wolfgang, producers; (Various Artists)
“Zappa: 200 Motels – The Suites” — Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Frank Filipetti & Gail Zappa, producers
Updated 7 December 2016
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Music for two pianos
SYMPHONY NO 5 IN D MAJOR
Arranged for two pianos by Michael Mullinar, revised by Vaughan Williams.
THE RUNNING SET
Arranged for two pianos by Vally Lasker and Helen Bidder.
FANTASIA ON A THEME BY THOMAS TALLIS
Arranged for two pianos by Maurice Jacobson
This album comprises world première recordings of works by Vaughan Williams arranged for two pianos by people who worked closely with the composer. The Fifth Symphony manuscript bears many amendments and annotations in Vaughan Williams’s own hand, and the recording offers the work with new clarity and fresh insight. The British piano duo Goldstone and Clemmow consists of internationally known artists Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow. They have been recording together, to widespread acclaim, for more than a third of a century.
To be released on 2 December 2016
Updated 3 October 2016
Les Sirènes Female Chamber Choir
Andrew Nunn ~ Musical Director
Fionnuala Ward ~ Accompanist
To be released on 2 December 2016
Updated 3 October 2016
Snazzy stylus pens!
We are pleased to offer our new Stylus pens for sale. These smart pens are available in grey, black, blue or green covers; all have black ink biro, and come in a neat presentation box. They are printed with THE RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS SOCIETY and our web-site address.
The pens can be used as an ordinary biro or as a stylus for use on touch screens (smartphones, iPads and other tablets) – an excellent way to stop greasy finger prints on your screen! With Christmas just a few weeks away, these pens will make a lovely Christmas gift or stocking filler.
They are reasonably priced at £2.50 each. Packing & postage within the UK is £1 for up to 5 pens. For destinations outside the UK it goes up to £3.50 – again, for anything up to 5 pens.
Please let us know what colour cover you prefer and we’ll do our best, though some colours are selling very quickly!
Don’t forget our AGM is on 2 October at Denbies, Dorking – our Stylus pens and CDs will be on sale there.
Updated 14 September 2016
Purer than Pearl
PURER THAN PEARL
SONGS AND DUETS, EIGHT SONGS FROM THE POISONED KISS
Arranged by Adrian Williams
Mary Bevan soprano
Jennifer Johnston mezzo soprano
Nicky Spence tenor
Johnny Herford baritone
William Vann pianoforte
Thomas Gould violin
Updated 13 September 2016
A Road all Paved with Stars
(Study score arranged by Adrian Williams)
Jointly commissioned by The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust and Oxford University Press, A Road All Paved with Stars is a single-movement orchestral work incorporating the finest music of Vaughan Williams’s opera The Poisoned Kiss. Using material from the most memorable songs and sections, including Blue larkspur in a garden, Love breaks all rules, and of course the ‘Kiss’ climax and its aftermath, Adrian Williams has created an orchestral synthesis befitting the composer’s own musical vision.
Orchestration: 2fl(II+picc), 2ob, 2cl, 2bn, 4hn, 2tpt, 2tbn, tba, timp, 3perc, hp, str
RRP £12.95 (20% discount for RVW Society members)
Contact Mark Caddick:
Tel: +44 (0)1865 355052
Mobile: +44 (0)7850 289551
Updated 28 July 2016
Vaughan Williams’s piano
Thanks to a private donor, visitors can now see Vaughan Williams’s piano on display at Leith Hill Place, which he gave to the National Trust in 1945.
For details of concerts and opening times at Leith Hill Place please click on this link.
Added: 04 March 2016