Vaughan WIlliams conducting
Vaughan Williams conducting his 5th Symphony at the Royal Albert Hall

Vaughan Williams as Conductor

St Matthew Passion, Dorking 1958

Like Bach, VW was a great believer in music made for and made by ordinary people. Recorded in 1958, the year of VW’s death, by Gerald Finzi’s son Christopher and Noel Taylor, this is a uniquely important recording. Lots of coughing and poor recording cannot disguise a moving interpretation of what VW considered along with Bach’s B minor Mass, was the finest music ever written. An amateur Leith Hill Choir with the help of outstanding soloists Wilfrid Brown and John Carol Case.

Vaughan Williams conducting his 5th Symphony, Royal Albert Hall, 1952

The symphony was first performed in June 1943 (at the height of the blitz) but this recording captures a later performance in September 1952.

London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor Ralph Vaughan Williams

Dona Nobis Pacem

Recorded in November 1936.

BBC Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, Soloists: Renee Flyn, Roy Henderson. Conductor Ralph Vaughan Williams.