Ralph Vaughan Williams [1872 – 1958].
One of my favourite composers and he was great friends with another of my all time favourite composers, Gustav Holst.
Williams collected folk songs…think Greensleeves and carols. His music epitomizes all that is English.
He also wrote nine symphonies, five operas, film music, ballet and stage music, church music and works for chorus and orchestra.
His ashes are interred in Westminster Abbey, near Purcell.
Here are a couple of videos for you. I have posted these separately before, but they’d become lost in my blog archives. I think they deserve a page of their own. They should be seen and heard.
The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Performed by Nicola Benedetti.
Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis.
Thanks for taking the time to visit and I hope you enjoy. Have a good day.
Until the next time.