Vaughan Williams


Portrait by Sir Gerald Kelly, 1958–61

Ralph Vaughan Williams


Ralph Vaughan Williams in Wikipedia (read)

The website of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society

Heart’s Music

Tune thy music to thy heart;                                                                                                                                     Sing the joy with thanks, and so thy sorrow.                                                                                                             Though devotion needs not art,                                                                                                                                Sometimes  of the poor the rich may borrow.

Strive not yet for curious ways;                                                                                                                                 Concord pleaseth more the less ‘tis strained.                                                                                                          Zeal affects not outward praise,                                                                                                                               Only strives to show a love unfeigned.

Love can wondrous things effect,                                                                                                                             Sweetest sacrifice all wrath appeasing.                                                                                                                   Love the highest doth respect,                                                                                                                                  Love alone to him is ever pleasing.

                            -   Thomas Campion

Sung by the Holst Singers, Stephen Layton conducting

Stephen Layton


Taste and See (First sung as Queen Elizabeth II was receiving Communion at her Coronation in Westminster Abbey)

O taste and see how gracious the Lord is:                                                                                       blessed is the man that trusteth in him.


Sung by the Choir of Canterbury Cathedral, Allan Wicks conducting; David Flood, organ 

Allan Wicks

Mass in G Minor sung by the Choir of Westminster Cathedral (Martin Baker, Master of Music; Robert Quinney, organ) where it was first sung liturgically in 1923.






Agnus Dei                                                                                                     

Martin Baker

O Vos Omnes, sung by the Choir of Westminster Cathedral (Martin Baker, Master of Music; Robert Quinney, organ) for which cathedral it was commissioned in 1922 (text and listen)                                                           

1929 Skinner organ

Two Preludes on Welsh folk tunes: Romanza ("The White Rock") (listen) and  Toccata ("St. David's Day") (listen), both performed by Thomas Murray on the 1928 Skinner organ in Woolsey Hall, Yale University, New Haven.