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Filmed Interviews & Meetings

A series of Vaughan Williams Society videos and interviews.

MATTHEW BEST & REBECCA EVANS

Albion Records has just released a new transcription of the first recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s opera Hugh the Drover, made 100 years ago, in 1924. However, a more recent recording was made in 1994 for Hyperion records, conducted by Matthew Best, with Rebecca Evans as Mary and Bonaventura Bottone as Hugh the Drover.

Andrew Green interviews Matthew Best and Rebecca Evans about their recollections of that recording.

HUGH THE DROVER

Hugh the Drover was complete by 1910. The first professional performance was led by Malcolm Sargent. The lead singers were Mary Lewis as Mary and Tudor Davis as Hugh. The recording, now 100 years old. benefits from the significant developments in remastering from 78 rpm discs since the 1970s. Furthermore, we have taken great care to reconstruct the libretto as it was recorded, and this is now presented for the first time.

Sakari Green video

SAKARI ORAMO

Sakari Oramo is Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He talks to Andrew Green about conducting music by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Green Davis link

A TRIBUTE TO SIR ANDREW DAVIS (1944-2024)

Sir Andrew Davis was President of The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society from 2015 until his death on Saturday, 20 April 2024. On behalf of The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society, Andrew Green talks to three people who knew and worked closely with him: Alastair Hume, Sir Nicholas Kenyon and Andrew Keener.

Green-temple video

DAVID TEMPLE

Andrew Green interviews David Temple founder of Crouch End Festival Chorus.

Green-Marshall-Luck video

EM MARSHALL-LUCK

Andrew Green interviews past Vaughan Williams Society Chairman Em Marshall-Luck about the English Music Festival, held annually in Dorchester on Thames, and its diversification into recording and publishing.

Green Francis video

SERENADE TO MUSIC

‘Guest of the Month’ interviewee for February 2024 is John Francis, Chairman of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society. John joins Andrew Green to discuss the Serenade to Music.

RVW & Scott

SCOTT OF THE ANTARCTIC ZOOM DISCUSSION

Zoom discussion of Captain Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova expedition and Vaughan Williams’s music for the film. Hosted by Andrew Green with guest speakers Sarah Airriess, Ann Strathie, Eric Saylor, Kirsten Barker.

jennifer-pike video

JENNIFER PIKE THE LARK ASCENDING

Renowned for her “dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique” (Classic FM), violinist Jennifer Pike has taken the musical world by storm with her unique artistry and compelling insight into music from the Baroque to the present day. Interview by Andrew Green.

Roderick Williams video

RODERICK WILLIAMS OBE

Society Vice-President, Roderick Williams is an established composer, a role which has gained him the position of Composer in Association with the BBC Singers. In 2016 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Singer of the Year award, and in June 2017 was awarded an OBE for services to music. He also performed at the Coronation of King Charles III in 2023.
Interview by Andrew Green.

Martyn Brabbins video

MARTYN BRABBINS

Apart from his many commitments in the opera house, Martyn guests with top international orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw, San Francisco Symphony, DSO Berlin and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, as well as the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony and most of the other leading UK orchestras. He is a popular figure at the BBC Proms, which in 2019 commissioned fourteen living composers to write a birthday tribute to him.
Interview by Andrew Green.

Thomas Allen video

SIR THOMAS ALLEN CBE FRCM

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Vaughan Williams’s birth, The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society welcomed special guest, baritone Sir Thomas Allen CBE, FRCM to the 2022 Annual General Meeting.

Bright video

BRIGHT IS THE RING OF WORDS ZOOM  DISCUSSION

Vaughan Williams adored poetry and was a master at setting words throughout his life. Readings of poetry set by him recapture why they so appealed to him.
Commentary and music, and texts are featured from A Sea Symphony, Songs of Travel, On Wenlock Edge, Pilgrim’s Progress, Riders to the Sea, Serenade to Music… and more.
Hosted by Andrew Green.

Lambs friskin video

NOT LAMBS FRISKING ZOOM DISCUSSION

Marking the precise 100th anniversary of the first performance of A Pastoral Symphony – reflecting Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Great War service on the Western Front.
Jessica Meyer (University of Leeds) and David Stevenson (LSE) bring to life the composer’s wartime experiences.
Andrew Green, writer and broadcaster, considers Vaughan Williams’s reluctance to explain how this ‘Pastoral Symphony’ describes his experience of war.
plus…eye-witness visions of the ‘Pastoral’ from the Western Front.

RVW Society Video Shepherds

SHEPHERDS OF THE DELECTABLE MOUNTAINS ZOOM DISCUSSION

A discussion on Zoom and YouTube to mark the 100th anniversary of the first public performance of Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains – A Pastoral Episode. Andrew Green, writer & broadcaster with historians Jessica Meyer & David Stevenson discuss the inside story of the music and its post-war background.
The presentation includes a complete recorded performance of the opera set against haunting images of the conflict that inspired it.

RVW Society - London Symphony video

A LONDON SYMPHONY: MUSIC & MEANING ZOOM DISCUSSION

Vaughan Williams detested being asked what his music ‘meant’. This online event examines the clues to explaining what is portrayed in perhaps the most colourful of all his symphonies.
Presenters: writer/broadcaster and composer Stephen Johnson, writer/broadcasters Andrew Green and Allan W. Atlas (City University, New York).

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