Celebrate Vaughan Williams' 150th Birthday with us!

We’re marking the anniversary of one Gloucestershire’s most famous sons this October with performances of some of his best-loved music, including the enduringly popular Tallis Fantasia, premiered in Gloucester Cathedral over a century ago.

Listen to Vaughan Williams' wonderful music in concerts and services, discover his birthplace on a walk with Gloucester Chair Allen Prior, and even join in the action with a Come and Sing lead by Ben Sawyer.

Down Ampney Church

Down Ampney Church

Wednesday 12 October

Walk: Down Ampney Round

Gloucester festival chair Allen Prior leads a public walk from Vaughan Williams’ birthplace, the picturesque Down Ampney, as part of his October challenge to cover 150 miles for RVW150

Choral Evensong
Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3

A service of music by Vaughan Williams and his pupils, sung by Gloucester Cathedral Choir and directed by Adrian Partington

150th Birthday Concert

Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music; Five Mystical Songs; On Wenlock Edge; Three Elizabethan Songs
I Holst A Hymne to Christ
R Clarke Poem


Thursday 13 October

Come And Sing

Ben Sawyer leads a day exploring Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Sun, Moon, Stars and Man as well as the foundation of his famous fantasia, Tallis’ Third Tune.

Fantasias By Candlelight

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Purcell
Fantasia upon one note
Corelli Concerto grosso in F major, Op.6 No 2
Tippett
Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli

Gloucester Cathedral Nave

Gloucester Cathedral