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Portrait of the Day: Ralph Vaughan Williams

Past event archive
18 June 2019, 12:30

Room 31


  • Talks and Lectures

Ralph Vaughan Williams
by Sir Gerald Kelly
NPG 4829

Vaughan Williams studied with Parry at the Royal College of Music, with Brüch in Berlin and Ravel in Paris. He was a leading figure, with Holst, in the folk-song revival and shifted the course of English-language hymnody with his English Hymnal (1906). Teacher of Composition at the Royal College of Music (1919-39), he established a native school of music based on choral and ballad traditions. He composed nine symphonies, operas, ballets, chamber music, and secular and religious vocal music. Notable works include: A Sea Symphony (1910), based on Walt Whitman's poems, A London Symphony (1914) and The Lark Ascending (1914-20). His score for the film Scott of the Antarctic became the Sinfonia Antarctica (1952).

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