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Issues 1–4 edited by the late John Bishop, thereafter by Stephen Connock. Change of style from the ‘headlined’ to a ‘themed’ Journal. All issues have a basic core of letters, reviews of recordings and concerts and Society news. In February 2005 William Hedley took over as Editor from Stephen Connock. New design and format gradually introduced.

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Issues 1-10 (Sep 1994–Oct 1997)

Issue 1 September 1994

  • Inaugural issue – Bowing ourselves in In depth article by Michael Kennedy on Hodie and VW’s Christmas Music
  • Roy Douglas on Working with RVW
  • Colin Peters Film music: every composer should be taught the art
  • Lewis Foreman – The Unknown RVW – A matter for debate)

Issue 2 January 1995

  • Rob Furneaux gives A View from the Far West.
  • Jean Lacroix – To be a French Speaker and love the music of RVW: a contradiction?
  • Keith Douglas – RVW ignored at Leith Hill Place
  • Stephen Connock compares versions of A London Symphony

Issue 3 July 1995

  • Gwyn Parry-Jones on The inner and outer worlds of RVW.
  • David Tolley – Tracking down RVW’s music for The Mayor of Casterbridge contradiction?
  • Tony Fuller – JOB ‘this enthralling work’
  • Gwyn Parry Jones – The inner and outer worlds of RVW: the Fifth & Sixth Symphonies

Issue 4 November 1995

  • Report on our first AGM and concert.
  • Michael Kennedy article on the Piano Concerto
  • Composer Steve Martland on the Sixth Symphony
  • Interview with conductor, Richard Hickox on the Symphonies

Issue 5 February 1996

  • Wilfrid Mellers on the opera Sir John in Love
  • Robin Wells writes about VW’s alma mater, Charterhouse School

Issue 6 June 1996

  • Igor Kennaway on the opera The Pilgrims Progress
  • Steve Schwarz on The Fifth Symphony

Issue 7 October 1996

  • Reminiscences of VW by Roy Henderson
  • Andrew Herbert, VW’s Sketches for A Sea Symphony

Issue 8 February 1997

  • Down Ampney Appeal fund launched.
  • Wilfrid Mellers on the neglected opera A Poisoned Kiss

Issue 9 June 1997

  • Reminiscences of VW by John Carol Case
  • Interview with Leonard Slatkin
  • Jeremy Dibble on Parry and VW

Issue 10 October 1997

  • Vaughan Williams and Finzi, by Stephen Banfield.
  • Vaughan Williams and Shakespeare, by Byron Adams
  • Coastal Command, in depth article on the film music by Richard Young
Issues 11-20 (Feb 1998–Feb 2001)

Issue 11 February 1998

  • Focus on Gustav Holst
  • With an article by composer Colin Matthews and The thoughts of Sir Adrian Boult and Imogen Holst

Issue 12 June 1998

  • 40th Anniversary of RVW’s death, Reprints of obituary notices and funeral service
  • Andrew Herbert’s detailed essay on the genesis of ‘The Explorers’ the forerunner of A Sea Symphony

Issue 13 October 1998

  • Elsie M Payne on Vaughan Williams and Folk-song.
  • John Barr on the Six Studies in English Folk-song
  • Frank Dineen on The Priming of Miss Locksie

Issue 14 February 1999

  • Lewis Foreman on The early response of British composers to Folk-song
  • Survey of RVW CD covers

Issue 15 June 1999

  • Hubert Foss Thomas Hardy and Music
  • Alain Frogley – Hardy in the music of VW
  • David Trolley – On the trail of Tess
  • Ursula Vaughan Williams on VW and Thomas Hardy

Issue 16 October 1999

  • VW and the First World War
  • VW as an Officer – Alan Aldous
  • RVW, Britten and The Great War – Roger Juneau

Issue 17 February 2000

  • Recording of Five Mystical Songs – Jonathan Pearson
  • George Herbert and Arthur Vaughan Williams at Bemerton, Salisbury – Stephen Connock
  • VW as conductor – Lewis Foreman

Issue 18 June 2000

  • VW and Bach – Michael Kennedy
  • Lewis Foreman – VW conducting the St Matthew Passion
  • VW and ‘the greatest of all composers’

Issue 19 October 2000

  • A context for the Masques – Deborah Heckert
  • The Origins of Job – Sir Geoffrey Keynes
  • Sir Roger Norrington reviews Uncle Ralph’s St Matthew Passion

Issue 20 February 2001

  • The Last Unknown Region: Polar Ambition or Pilgrimage – David Tolley
  • The Film music to Scott – Richard Young
  • The Early works – Bernard Benoliel
Issues 21-30 (June 2001–June 2004)

Issue 21 June 2001

  • Sinfonia Antartica – Jonathan Pearson
  • The Music for ‘Scott of the Antarctic’ – Christopher J. Parke
  • ‘The Times’, and The Fourth Symphony – Geoff Brown
  • Atterberg, Sibelius and RVW’s Fifth Symphony – A letter translated for the RVW Society
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams & Alexander Constantinoich Glazunov – Rob Furneaux
  • Some Notes on A Pastoral Symphony – Jeffery Aldridge

Issue 22 October 2001

  • The Symphony and the Second World War (with comparative CD review of Symphony No 5) – William Hedley
  • Salvage and the War Effort – Michael Gainsford
  • Ursula Vaughan Williams in Discussion with Stephen Connock about the Second World War
  • The Composer in Wartime – article reproduced from Heirs & Rebels
  • How about the Victory Anthem? – Stephen Johnson discusses relations between RVW and the BBC during World War II
  • Song of Thanksgiving – VW Celebrates the end of the war – Lewis Foreman
  • Music in Wartime – Simona Pakenham
  • Six Choral Songs (in time of war) – Stephen Connock

Issue 23 February 2002

  • Articles by Anthony Boden and Pam Blevins

Issue 24 June 2002

  • Conducting RVW – Michael Kennedy
  • Glory, Pity and Anger: British Conductors in the music of RVW – William Hedley
  • Malcolm Sargent, Vaughan Williams and the Ninth Symphony – Robin Barber
  • Stokowski and Vaughan Williams – Edward Johnson

Issue 25 October 2002

  • Robert Louis Stevenson – A brief examination of the poet – William M Adams
  • Elements of Form and Unity in Songs of Travel
  • The Recordings – A comparitive analysis
  • Symphony No 9 – An Introduction and CD Review by Robin Barber

Issue 26 February 2003

  • The Poisoned Kiss
  • From Polly to the Wasps: The musical context – Stephen Connock
  • “It will be alright in the end” The complex Evolution of the Libretto – Stephen Connock
  • Evelyn Sharp – writer and suffragette – Stehen Connock
  • Once upon a time…An anlysis of the opera – Stephen Connock
  • Uncle Ralph, Uncle Wiz and Benji – Jeffery Aldridge
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress in context: A preliminary study – Eric Seddon

Issue 27 June 2003

  • Historical Introduction – Jeffrey Davis
  • Toward the Unknown Region – The Sixth Symphony – AEF Dickinson
  • The Holst Memorial Symphony? – Paul Sarcich

Issue 28 October 2003

  • Elgar and Vaughan Williams: An Overview – Michael Kennedy
  • What have we learnt from Elgar? Vaughan Williams and the Ambivalance of Inheritance – Byron Adams
  • Variations on an Edwardian Enigma – Herbert Howells in 1968 writes on Elgar and VW in the context of two book reviews
  • Vaughan Williams brings in the May: Sydenham, 1911– Roger Savage
  • Mysticism and Joyful Solemnity: Two moments of D major in ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ – Eric Seddon

Issue 29 February 2004

  • Vaughan Williams and the Hymnals – A New Perspective – John Bawden
  • Two Obscure Hymn Tunes of Ralph Vaughan Williams – John Barr
  • Hymn Tunes Descants 1915-1934 – Clark Kimberling, University of Evansvilles
  • Memories of RVW from the 1930s to the 1950s – John Gordan Clark

Issue 30 June 2004

  • The Films of Powell and Pressburger – an overview – Rolf Jordan
  • RVW and the Women’s Institute – Lorna Gibson
  • RVW and the early 20th Century – EJ Hysom
Issues 31-40 (June 2004–Oct 2007)
  • Issue 31 June 2004

    • What RVW means to me – members invited to write testimonials on ‘What RVW means to me’
    • Vaughan Williams and his film music for 49th Parallel – Richard Young
    • J.S. Bach, the Wintertide and the Poetics of translation in Hodie – Gregory Martin

    Issue 32 February 2005

    • Michael Kennedy’s address to the 10th Anniversary AGM
    • Three Glorious Johns – Roger Savage
    • RVW – A Memoir by Sir John Barbirolli from 1958.
    • Reviews of Two VW Premieres: Sinfonia Antartica – Barbirolli and the Hallé
    • Manchester and Royal Festival Hall. Contemporary reviews

    Issue 33 June 2005

    • RVW and Religion – John Barr
    • RVW and Religion – Byron Adams
    • RVW: What might have been – Colin Lees

    Issue 34 October 2005

    • On playing the Tuba Concerto – Richard Sandland
    • Vaughan Williams and the British Piano Concerto – Luke Bromley
    • The Concertos [Violin Concertos and the Harmonica Romance]– Simona Pakenham
    • The unfinished Cello Concerto – Caireann Shannon
    • Constant Lambert and RVW – Stephen Lloyd
    • Fantasia on a theme by Vaughan Williams – Simona Pakenham

    Issue 35 February 2006

    • Englishness and Vaughan Williams – James Day
    • Toward the Unknown Region and Dona Nobis Pacem Tony Williams
    • On Finzi…and on Whitman – Simona Pakenham
    • The Pilgrim’s Progress in California – Introduced by Alan Thayer
    • Heirs and Rebels (on Holst) – Em Marshall

    Issue 36 June 2006

    • Listening to the Pastoral Symphony – David Manning
    • A new direction in Vaughan Wiilliams’ symphonic thinking Jeffrey Aldridge
    • The Grandeur of Desolation: A rumination on the Pastoral Symphony – Rolf Jordan
    • A clutch of “Favourite” Pastorals – Various
    • Beyond Wishful Thinking. A re-evaluation of Vaughan Williams and religion – Eric Seddon
    • Sir John in Love. A transcript of Michael Kennedy’s introduction to the opera at the ENO on Saturday 11th March 2006

    Issue 37 October 2006

    • Articles on the Abinger Pagent and The Proms

    Issue 38 March 2007

    • Vaughan Williams and Bunyan
    • Articles by Eric Seddon and Richard Brunson and a synopsis of the Elgar / VW symposium: “The Best of me”

    Issue 39 June 2007

    • Major articles on the work and conducting it by John Barr and Adam Stern
    • Updated CD review by Robin Barber of all recordings available
    • Latest in the “footsteps” series by Stephen Connock

    Issue 40 October 2007

    • Riders to the Sea
    • Launch of Albion Records the RVW Society recording arm.
    • Riders to the Sea – 3 important studies
    • Tony Palmer writes about his film O Thou Transcendent
    • James Day and Mass in G Minor and Sancta Civitas
Issues 41-50 (Feb 2008–Feb 2011)
  • Issue 41 February 2008
    • From Over the Pond. RVW as seen by American music critics
    • Vaughan Williams Abroad Sir Roger Norrington’s View
    • RVW: Composer, Teacher and Evangelist – Simon Heffer
    • Exploring Vaughan Williams’ Writings – David Manning
    • Analysis Without Fear – Eric Seddon

    Issue 42 June 2008

    • The Song of Songs: an introduction – Cecil Bloom
    • Flos Campi the Enigma – Eric Seddon
    • Pop Goes the Music…. – Scott Aniol
    • Roy Douglas: A Century

    Issue 43 October 2008

    • Ursula, Charterhouse & O Thou Transcendent – D.R.Thorpe
    • Not in an Ivory Tower (VW, Holst & Morley College) – Linda Hayward
    • VW & the Oxford Bach Choir – Peter Gilliver

    Issue 44 February 2009

    • Remembering Ursula – Michael Kennedy
    • Vaughan Williams, Shakespeare and Sir John in Love – D.R. Thorpe
    • Stephen Connock remembers Richard Hickox
    • “Love to the Missus” Glimpses at the composer’s literary interests (books acquired by Stephen Connock and deemed of insufficient interest to grace the national collection)
    • Vaughan Williams, Stevenson, and Songs of Travel – Eric Hazlewood
    • Lionel Tertis’ 1936 Edition of Vaughan Williams’ Suite for Viola and Small Orchestra – Bernard Kane

    Issue 45 June 2009

    • Vaughan Williams, Cheyne Walk and the 1911 Census – Robin Barber
    • The Alchemy of Music and Landscape in Vaughan Williams’s Joanna Godden – John Morris
    • Where The Lark Does not Ascend – Allan W. Atlas

    Issue 46 October 2009

    • Vaughan Williams and the Idea of Folk Song in the Norfolk Rhapsodies – Anthony Newton
    • “An individual flowering”: Ralph Vaughan Williams’ work in Folklore – Georgina Boyes
    • Towards a folk song awakening: Vaughan Williams in Bournemouth, 1902 – Michael Holyoake
    • The Solo Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams: an Introduction – John Barr

    Issue 47 February 2010

    • Symphony No 8 in D minor: An Introduction and CD Review – Dr Robin Barber
    • New Light on I vow to Thee, my Country – Alan Gibbs

    Issue 48 June 2010

    • The Running Set – Roy J. Lidstone
    • On the Reception of the Tallis Fantasia, 1922-1929 – Allan W. Atlas

    Issue 49 October 2010

    • Vaughan Williams and the Musical Amateur: A checklist of English Carol Arrangements – Julian Onderdonk
    • Music is for Everyone – Linda Hayward
    • The Base of the Pyramid: Vaughan Williams and the Musical Amateur – Renee Stewart
    • A Significant Find (Cambridge Mass) – Alan Tongue
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Images In Art – Jeffery Davis
    • Vaughan Williams and Thomas Hardy – Michael Gainsford
    • Discovering Ralph Williams 1970s style – John France
    • Taken by Surprise – John Treadway

    Issue 50 February 2011

    • Simona Pakenham Obituary Stephen Connock
    • John Bridcut talks about “Passions”. A Journal interview
    • A Genius in the Making Linda Hayward
    • Vaughan Williams’s Pocket Watch – Robin Barber
    • Vaughan Williams and the Musical Amateur: A checklist of English Folk Song Arrangements Julian Onderdonk
    • A Fantasia and a Symphony: Herbert Howells on Vaughan Williams – Paul Andrews
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams and The Garden of Proserpine – Rikky Rooksby
    • A Century On – Simon Coombs
    • Music you Might Like. Frank Martin – Mass for Double Choir. An appreciation by William Hedley


Issues 51-60 (Jun 2011–June 2014)
  • Issue 51 June 2011
    • RVW – Music Teacher? Ralph Vaughan Williams’ view of his role as an educator of the young – Andrew Browning
    • Vaughan Williams and the Musical Amateur: A Checklist of Miscellaneous Arrangements of English, British and Continental European Dances and Songs – Julian Onderdonk
    • La Musique de Ralph Vaughan Williams et les Français – Marie-Béatrice Jeanjean
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams – Joy and Delight – Linda Hayward

    Issue 52 October 2011

    • Thirteen original tunes by Ralph Vaughan Williams for The English Hymnal and Songs of Praise – Hugh Benham
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams and Songs of Praise – Frank McManus
    • A Sea Symphony: The role of the Scherzo and its relationship to the other movements – Sophya Polevaya
    • Ursula Vaughan Williams on the Ninth Symphony
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams and the French – Marie-Béatrice Jeanjean
    • Howells on Vaughan Williams

    Issue 53 February 2012

    • “I love it beyond reason” – An interview with RVW Society President, Michael Kennedy CBE
    • Folk Song Identification in the Works of Vaughan Williams: Some Confusions – Adam Harvey
    • Thomas Cannings’s “Morgan Fantasy”: a tribute to Ralph Vaughan Williams – Allan W. Atlas
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams, Leos Janacek and Jean Sibelius – James Lyon
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams and the two Surrey Pageants: The Abinger Pageant (1934) and England’s Pleasant Land (1938) – Renee Stewart

    Issue 54 June 2012

    • English Folk Songs and Other Traditional Tunes in the Works of Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Checklist – Adam Harve
    • C. H. H. Parry and R. Vaughan Williams – James Lyon
      “To Marie Hall” – Hugh Thomas
    • The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust – Hugh Cobbe
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams and Oxford University Presss – William Hedley
    • The BBC, the Proms, and British Music – Roger Wright
    • A Century On – Phantasy Quintet – Simon Coombs

    Issue 55 October 2012

    • Music for solo organ by Ralph Vaughan Williams – Hugh Benham
    • The Sydney Manuscript. Vaughan Williams’s (unknown) orchestral setting of “The Spanish Ladies” – Simon Polson
    • A Bigger Splash, A lecture given at Hereford Three Choirs Festival, 23 July 201 – Rolf Jordan
    • C. H. H. Parry and R. Vaughan Williams -II – James Lyon
    • Vaughan Williams turns up in Somerset, then returns to Cheyne Walk as Job comes to Albion

    Issue 56 February 2013

    • Vaughan Williams and Oxford University Press – Simon Wright
    • The Pilgrim’s Progress in Progress – Stephen Connock
    • “Come hither, I wil show thee excellent things”: The Pilgrim’s Progress at ENO, November 2012 – John Francis
    • “A Notorioulsy Reluctant Sitter”- Colin Lees
    • Vaughan Williams returns to Chelsea – Peter Bull
    • How do you listen to Vaughan Williams? – Rob Furneaux

    Issue 57 June 2013

    • Unthemed
    • Some Notes on the Reception of Vaughan Williams: Three Quantative Measures – Allan W. Atlas
    • Folk Song in the English Folk Song Suite – Adam Harvey
    • Vaughan Williams: Serenade in A minor (1898): addendum to the published score – Julian Rushton
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Hymn Tune Prelude on “Song 13” by Orlando Gibbons – John France
    • Vaughan Williams and Bach’s St Matthew Passion – Renee Stewart

    Issue 58 October 2013

    • Music & Politics in 49th Parallel – John Morris
    • Vaughan Williams, Alfvén and Dohnényi – Rob Furneaux
    • A London Symphony: Justification for performing the original version – Graham Muncy
    • Vaughan Williams and Britten – John Treadway
    • To Complete or Not to Complete, that is the Question – Simon Coombs
    • Dawn Offensive (fiction) – Andrew M. Seddon

    Issue 59 February 2014

    • The copyright owner’s view – Hugh Cobbe, Director, The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust
    • The music publisher’s view – Simon Wright, Head of Rights & Contracts, Music, Oxford University Press
    • The Letter and the Spirit and Music in World War II – John Morris
    • To Record or Not to Record? Some thoughts on the performance and recording of Vaughan Williams’s early music and what might follow – Colin Lees
    • Vaughan Williams “on the air” in the Coronation year – Peter Foster
    • A London Symphony – Graham Muncy
    • A London Symphony: Some Remarks on Development – Mike Cooper
    • O for a Muse of Fire… Albion Records releases the incidental music from Henry V and Richard II – Stephen Connock
    • Issue 60 June 2014
      • Ralph Vaughan Williams and Olin Downes: Newly Uncovered Letters – Allan W. Atlas
      • The Reception of Hugh Bean’s Recording of The Lark Ascending – John France
      • The Lady in Question – Colin Lees
      • A Century On: Four Hymns for Tenor, Viola and Strings – Simon Coombs
      • Stars of the Night: Stephen Connock introduces Albion’s latest CD.
Issues 61-70 (October 2014–Oct 2017)
  • Issue 61 October 2014

    • Florent Schmitt and Ralph Vaughan Williams – an unknown friendship – Robin Barber
    • Who Were the Seven? – Linda Hayward
    • “Emotionally Undemonstrative” – Robin Wallington
    • My Day Out with Ralph – Jane Alexander
    • Your Record Collection in the 21st Century – John Francis
    • “Song of Peace from England”: the first performance in Germany of Dona Nobis Pacem – Raymond Calcraft

    Issue 62 February 2015

    • Songs of Travel: Irony in Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “The Vagabond” – Adam Birke
    • Let Beauty Awake“, a guide to performance – Dominique McCormick
    • Song 9 and symmetry in Songs Of Travel – Nils Neubert
    • Arthur Foxton Ferguson: A Vaughan Williams Singer and Collaborator – Marcus DeLoach
    • Neglected Works: the Piano Concerto – Colin Lees
    • Another Day Out with Ralph: exploring his Westminster homes – Jane Alexander
    • Seventy-Five Years On – Simon Coombs
    • “Renowned be thy Grave” A tribute to Michael Kennedy – Stephen Connock

    Issue 63 June 2015

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams and the Organ – John Francis
    • The Making of Bursts of Acclamation – John Francis
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams and Henry Ley – John Francis
    • Michael Kennedy and Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Mutual Gift of Friendship – Hugh Cobbe
    • A winter walk in the Surrey Hills: The “lost” estates of Trevelyan and Farrer – Jane Alexander
    • A Rediscovered Ralph Vaughan Williams manuscript – Wes Cameron
    • Some Thoughts on The Garden of Proserpine – Linda Hayward
    • Roy Douglas: an Appreciation – Stephen Connock

    Issue 64 October 2015

    • Origins and Early Years of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society – Dr Robin Barber
    • A Reappraisal of the Second Subject of the First Movement of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Symphony No.6 in E Minor – Christopher Gordon
    • The First Nowell – John Cook
    • Navigating the Woods: Getting to know Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Epithalamion – Andrea Covais
    • Vaughan Williams: The New York Obituaries – Allan Atlas
    • Composers in the Great War – Michael Gainsford
    • A letter from Ursula Vaughan Williams
    • Destiny’s Flight to 7.5 – Jane Alexander
    • Roy Douglas: an Appreciation – Stephen Connock

    Issue 65 February 2016

    • The Reception of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s In the Fen Country – John France
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams and Early Music – Tim Rayborn
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams on the Air, 1994-2015 – Peter Foster
    • Composers in the Great War Revisited – John Francis
    • Vaughan Williams and the Sonnet – Allan W. Atlas
    • The Momentous, Mysterious Magic of Midsummer – Jane Alexander

    Issue 66 June 2016

    • Vaughan Williams in Hamburg, 1938: A Brush with Nazi Germany In the Fen Country – Robin Barber
    • In the Footsteps of Ralph Vaughan Williams: Seatoller, Cumbria – John Whittaker
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams – a Country Gentleman – Jane Alexander
    • Exploring the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams via Downloads – Robert Davies

    Issue 67 October 2016

    • Vaughan Williams: Partita for Double String Orchestra (1947-8) – John France
    • Vaughan Williams’s Floscampi: Four “Practical” Questions – Allan Atlas
    • Vaughan Williams’s Vision for Amateur Music Making Lives On – Linda Hayward
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams, a personal reflection – Paul Paviour
    • The Raphaelites of Rottingdean – Jane Alexander
    • Robin Wells – Stephen Connock remembers

    Issue 68 February 2017

    • Hubert Foss on Vaughan Williams: a broadcast script – Introduced and edited by Simon Wright
    • The Homestead on Betsoms Hill – Jane Alexander
    • Tradition and Faith: Ralph Vaughan Williams and Joaquín Rodrigo – Raymond Calcraft
    • Some thoughts on Riders to the Sea – Robert Allan

    Issue 69 June 2017

    • Scott of the Antarctic: The complete surviving music edited into full score by Martin Yates and recorded by Dutton – Lewis Foreman
    • Is it Symphonic? Some thoughts on the critical reception of Vaughan Williams’s Sinfonia Antartica – Ryan Ross
    • “Lost” in Romney Marsh – Jane Alexander
    • Renée Stewart – Graham Muncy

    Issue 70 October 2017

    • Meanwhile Back at Home: The family life of Ralph Vaughan Williams – Hugh Cobbe
    • The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust: the Last Five Years – Hugh Cobbe
    • The Last Will and Testament – Introduced by Robin Barber
Issues 71-80 (Feb 2017–Feb 2021)
  • Issue 71 February 2018
    • Gathering Dreams John Francis, Alan Tongue and Ronald Grames explore Vaughan Williams’s music for Greek Plays
    • Evans, Owen, Parry, Prichard: Welsh Hymn Tunes in Works by Ralph Vaughan Williams – Robert Allen
    • The use of the Phonograph in collecting Folk Songs in Edwardian England – Tim Rayborn
    • Revisiting Sir Adrian Boult’s 1954 Recording of Job – John France
    • 75 Years On –  Simon Coombs

    Issue 72 June 2018

    • ‘Vaughan Williams and the Orchestra’: an article by Hubert Foss Introduced and edited by Simon Wright
    • The Wasps – Colin Lees
    • Vaughan Williams and the Brass Band – Tim Mutum
    • 75 Years On – Simon Coombs
    • Toward the Sun Rising: Ralph Vaughan Williams Remembered  – Stephen Connock introduces his new book of recollections and biographical notes

    Issue 73 October 2018

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams: In his Time – An Introduction – John Francis
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams: In his Time – The Vaughan Williams family and Uncle Roland – John Francis
    • Mary Lawson’s Memories of Vaughan Williams – Jim McGrath
    • Chosen Hill A place of magic and myth for Gerald Finzi and Ralph Vaughan Williams – Robin Barber
    • Vaughan Williams’s The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains: A Note on Proportions – Allan W. Atlas

    Issue 74 January 2019

    • Some Explorations of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s String Quartet (No.2) in A minor (‘For Jean on her Birthday’) – John France
    • A Question of Chronology – John Francis
    • Vaughan Williams’s Operatic Rebellion An investigation of the composer’s avoidance of stylistic cosmopolitanism in Hugh the Drover – Thomas Heywood
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams: In his Time – Wagner and his New Art – John Francis

    Issue 75 June 2019

    • The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains: A Pastoral Episode Vaughan Williams’s Secret Salute to the Fallen of the Great War? – Andrew Green
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams: not a pacifist, but … – Hugh Cobbe
    • Vaughan Williams and the Troubadours: When the Pretty Nightingale Sings – John Francis
    • An Internet journey – A Walk with RVW – Alistair Jones
    • Folk Songs of The Four Seasons – a new arrangement for mixed choir (SATB) John Whittaker
    • Recent developments in Vaughan Williams studies – David Manning
    • André Previn (1929-2019) – an appreciation – Robin Barber
    • Century On – Simon Coombs

    Issue 76 October 2019
    (RVW Society 25th Anniversary Issue)

    • ‘O farther sail’… Our beginning, our progress over the first twenty-five years, and a look to the future – (A personal note) Stephen Connock
    • The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society over the Years: A Personal Reflection – Linda Hayward
    • ‘A desirable end’: Vaughan Williams and the refugee relief effort of the 1930s and 1940s – Neil Wenborn
    • Some thoughts on A Pastoral Symphony – Robert Allen
    • Discovering the Suite of Six Short Pieces – Hugh Benham
    • Double Translation in Poetic Readings of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s ‘Whither Must I Wander’ – Alison Gilbert
    • Vaughan Williams, new Letters and some thoughts about the date of The House of Life – Allan W. Atlas
    • 75 Years On – Simon Coombs
    • The Ralph Vaughan Williams Exhibition at Leith Hill Place – Chris Batt

    Issue 77 February 2020

    • In his Time: the 1904 Song Cycles –  John Francis
    • Leith Hill Place: A Discovery about its Early History – Robert Page
    • A Dorking Friendship – Robert Field
    • Family Connections – William Spencer
    • The Premiere of Vaughan Williams’s Ninth Symphony – Robin Barber
    • Desert Island Discs – Simon Coombs
    • A Century On – Simon Coombs
    • Christopher ‘Kiffer’ Finzi An appreciation – Stephen Connock
    • Also: Letters, Concert Reviews, CD Reviews, Events


    Issue 78 June 2020

    • The strange case of A London Symphony and what George Butterworth actually did, or: With a little help from my friends
    • Leith Hill Place: A Discovery about its Early History – Phillip Brookes
    • Vaughan Williams’s Pastoral Vision – William Hedley
    • Recording the Vaughan Williams symphonies – Andrew Keener
    • ‘I have Trod the Upward and the Downward Slope’: the End of the Journey – John Francis
    • Sancta Civitas – A Performance and Recorded History – Bill Coley
    • The ‘Staffordshire’ Flourish Rediscovered – Graham Muncy
    • My Vaughan Williams Journey – Alan Tongue
    • Ignore or Explore? – P.J. Clulow on John Sykes
    • A Century On – Simon Coombs

    Issue 79 October 2020

    • Sir John Barbirolli, CH (1899-1970): ‘ Glorious John’ –  Andrew Neill
    • Vaughan Williams and the Hymnals: An American Perspective – Matthew Hoch
    • Herbert Francis Peyser: a New York music critic contra Vaughan Williams (1921-1923) – Allan W. Atlas
    • Vaughan Williams’s Violin Concerto: ‘A neglected gem’ – Bill Coley
    • The Lark Ascending: ‘Composed for Miss Marie Hall’ – Andrew Green
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams, Herbert Brewer of Gloucester Cathedral, and the Tallis Fantasia

    Issue 80 February 2021

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams in a Time of Coronavirus: What would he have done? – Andrew Browning
    • ‘Not intended for liturgical use’ – Vaughan Williams’s Magnificat and Benedicite – Bill Coley
    • In His Time: ‘Then we burst forth, we float’, 1905 to 1907 – John Francis
    • Cum Sancto Spiritu – Simon Coombs
    • A Century On – Simon Coombs
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Folk Song Arrangements – John Francis
Issues 81-90 (June 2021–)

Issue 81 June 2021

  • Vaughan Williams’s Adaptations of English Folk Songs – Peter Wood
  • Gervase Elwes (1866-1921) – John Francis
  • Vaughan Williams in his time The old wind in the old anger: On Wenlock Edge and the String Quartet in G minor – John Francis
  • A Moon Circling a Planet – Lord, Thou hast been our refuge – Andrew Green
  • A Common Chord – Robert Allan
  • Memories of the first complete Vaughan Williams symphony cycle, 1995 – Robin Barber
  • More Music you Might Like – Simon Coombs
  • 75 Years On – Simon Coombs

Issue 82 October 2021

  • Comparing approaches to the Book of Revelation in Vaughan Williams’s Sancta Civitas and Franz Schmidt’s  Tony Williams
  • ‘Word over all’: texts and harmonies in Dona Nobis Pacem – Ralph Woodward
  • Recordings of Vaughan Williams Hymns – Andrew M. Seddon
  • The White Plaster Bust on the Music Cabinet: Some Personal Reflections – Reverend Nigel Feaver
  • A Century On – Simon Coombs
  • Heirs and Successors – Simon Coombs
  • Obituaries: Joyce Kennedy & James Day – Andrew Neill & Jennifer Day

Issue 83 February 2022

  • Two major Vaughan Williams works for piano – Mark Bebbington
  • A Consideration of O vos omnes – Robert Allan
  • Making a Case for An Oxford Elegy – Mark Small
  • A Century On – Simon Coombs
  • CD Reviews
  • An Albion Records Update – John Francis

Issue 84 June 2022

  • Pan’s Anniversary: A Masque at One Time and Another – Roger Savage
  • Pan’s Anniversary and other premieres – John Francis
  • Mass in G minor, atheism and spirituality – James Day
  • The Duty of the Words: an Anniversary Celebration of Vaughan Williams’s Vocal Music by the Hampsong Foundation – John Tolansky
  • A Vaughan Williams Interview: Oscar Thompson, the Norfolk Music Festival, June 1922 – Allan W. Atlas
  • Seventy-five Years On – Simon Coombs
  • Music You Might Like – William Hedley
  • CD Reviews – Ronald E Grames

    Issue 85 October 2022
    Anniversary Issue

    • How shall I sing that majesty … – Nigel Feaver
    • ‘Don’t think me degenerate…’: The Influence of Landscape in Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 and In the Fen Country – Caroline Davison
    • Gustav Holst and Vaughan Williams’s Fourth Symphony – Bruno Lima
    • John Whittaker’s arrangement of Folk Songs of the Four Seasons – David A. McConnell
    • A Vaughan Williams Interview: Oscar Thompson, the Norfolk Music Festival, June 1922 – Allan W. Atlas
    • Music You Might Like – Steven Brocklehurst
    • A Century On – Simon Coombs
    • Letters
    • Concert Reviews
    • A new Critical Discography: Part 1 from Ronald Grames – Introduced by John Francis
    • CD Reviews
    • Book reviews
    • From The Chairman

    Issue 86 February 2023

    • The Vaughan Williams Memorial Window – Introduced by Thomas Denny
    • The Vision of Vaughan Williams – Rowan Williams
    • Vaughan Williams in his Time. Music and Comradeship – the Musical Festival Movement – John Francis
    • A One-Day Festival – Chris Cope
    • ‘A composer of genius but no talent’? Critiquing Vaughan Williams – Christopher Mark
    • Finding Vaughan Williams – Chris Batt
    • A Century On – Simon Coombs
    • Letters
    • Concert Reviews
    • CD Review
    • Book reviews
    • From The Chairman

    • Issue 87 June 2023

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams Sources at the British Library – Chris Scobie and Loukia Drosopoulou
    • A half-century with Vaughan Williams: from Centenary Exhibition by way of the Trusts to the Foundations  – Hugh Cobbe
    • Vaughan Williams and the Gramophone  – Stephen Connock
    • Vaughan Williams’s lyrical use of the horn – Robert Allan
    • Bronze by Gold: The Eight Labours of Ulysses – James Joyce, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sirens and the Art of Fugue  – John Francis 23-25
    • Seventy-five Years On – Simon Coombs
    • Letters 
    • Concert Reviews
    • CD Reviews 
    • Book Review
    • Not Forgotten; Remembered: Robert Ivison and The Vaughan Williams Memorial Window,
      Dr David Betts 1936-2022,
      Dr Christopher Batt OBE, 1947-2023
    • From the Chairman 

    Issue 88 October 2023

    • Vaughan Williams’s little known time in Saffron Walden in 1915 – Philip Parker
    • Sibelius and Vaughan Williams: Symphonic Synergies – Douglas Whittet
    • Memories from an Old Programme  – Andrew M. Seddon
    • Boult, Berg and Vaughan Williams – a Landmark Discovery – Jon Tolansky
    • Vaughan Williams in his Time John Francis
    • Music You Might Like – Doug Woodger
    • A Century On – Simon Coombs
    • Heirs and Successors – Simon Coombs
    • Letters
    • CD Reviews 
    • Book Reviews
    • From the Chairman

      Issue 89 February 2024

    • A Coming Man
    • Sixteen, we were Seventeen – Stephen Connock
    • Homage to Vaughan Williams – Francis Jackson (1917-2022)
    • Boult, Berg and Vaughan Williams – a Landmark Discovery – Jon Tolansky – Malcolm Riley
    • The South Place Sunday Popular Concerts – John Francis
    • Vaughan Williams’ Folk – Alex Bartholomew
    • Vaughan Williams and Maxwell Davies go to Antarctica – Stephen Threlfall
    • A Century On – Simon Coombs
    • Heirs and Successors – Simon Coombs
    • Letters
    • Concert Reviews
    • CD Reviews 
    • The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society at 30 – John Francis
    • From the Chairman

      Issue 90 June 2024

    • Editor
    • Vaughan Williams in his Time: Hugh the Drover – John Franis
    • Nine Symphonies. Just Piueces of Music? – Sir Roger Norrington
    • Vaughan Williams on Bach and Period Practice – 1950, National Music and Other Essays, OUP/Clarendon, 1996, originally a radio broadcast
    • To Gerald Cockshott – an interpretation – Robert Allen
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams and Sherlock Holmes – Andrew M. Seddon
    • Vaughan Williams, Britten and Musical Taste – William Hedley
    • 75 Years On – Simon Coombs
    • Letters
    • CD Reviews – Ronald E. Grames
    • Book Review: Vaughan Williams in Context. Edited by Julian Onderdonk and Ceri Owen (316pp. Cambridge University Press)
    • Latest News from Albion Records: Hugh the Drover – A Centenary Celebration
    • Sir Andrew Davis – Obituary
    • From the Chairman