Ralph Vaughan Williams – A Life in Music
Ralph Vaughan Williams, great composer and truly great Englishman, was born in Gloucestershire on October 12th 1872, one hundred and fifty years ago.
Though an unusually late starter, he nevertheless composed an enormous amount of music in almost every genre – symphonies, concertos, chamber music, opera, ballet, songs, and music for the cinema. Many of these will be represented in this course, in which we trace his career from his early days at the Royal College of Music through to the still fruitful final years in the 1950s.
Over the weekend, we shall hear and see performances by some of the greatest interpreters of RVW’s music.
Residential Fees From: £376. Non Residential: £252
Course runs from Dinner on Friday to Lunch on Sunday.
Gwyn Parry-Jones is a widely experienced musician, as performer, conductor and academic. He has held posts at the universities of Oxford, Gothenburg and Reading, where he was for many years Director of Music in the Faculty of Education, and remains a visiting lecturer at Reading and Oxford. As a performer Gwyn has played with the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestras among others, under the batons of some of the world’s greatest conductors, including Barbirolli, Giulini and Rattle. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Reading. Gwyn is also well known as an adjudicator and mentor for Music for Youth, and is a composer of numerous published works.
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