Welcome to the Vaughan Williams Foundation – one of the foremost sources of funding for recent and contemporary music in the UK

The Vaughan Williams Foundation is a new grant-giving charity which upholds the values and vision of the celebrated composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and his wife Ursula Vaughan Williams.

Our principal aims are to honour RVW’s desire to support his fellow composers, and to help make his own work widely accessible to the general public.

VWF was founded in 2022, 150 years after the composer’s birth, and brings together the two charities originally set up by Ralph (RVW Trust) and Ursula (Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust).


VWF supports the work of British/Irish composers from the last 100 years, as well as projects which further the knowledge and understanding of the life and music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, and of the work of Ursula Vaughan Williams.

Applications for our next funding round are now open and ensembles, organisations and individuals are invited to apply.

VWF also offers annual £6,000 annual Vaughan Williams Bursaries to postgraduate composition students.


12 October 2022 marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the launch of this Foundation but #RVW150 celebrations continue into the summer of 2023.

Find out more about the composer and explore some of the projects going on in the anniversary year


Three Choirs Festival

We’re thrilled to have received support from the @VWFndn – Learn more about them and their impact on the festival below 👇

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We are absolutely delighted to be supporting a number of festivals this year, including @3choirs, @PresteigneFest and @late_music.
We hope to see you over the #summer! 🎼 🎶

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When did you first become aware of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ music? 🎼
An answer here from @CherylHoad who was 8-years-old and in her first year at the @MenuhinSchool.

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How did a cheerful agnostic become one of the most prolific hymn writers of the 20th century?
Hattie Butterworth, @justabigviolin, explores answer’s here for @GramophoneMag 👇


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✉ A touching insight into the relationship between composer Gustav Holst and his friend Ralph Vaughan Williams – with Holst not taking any nonsense about artistic block!

Find the full letter on our website here: https://vaughanwilliamsfoundation.org/letter/letter-from-gustav-holst-to-ralph-vaughan-williams-12/

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NMC Recordings


Not long until @OnyxBrass celebrate the release of their new album on NMC with live music by @_ceharding_, @zkm555, @_yshani, & @TurnageTime

+ a live composer Q&A session!

🎫 https://tinyurl.com/4mx4vzd5

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With a wonderful score by Ralph Vaughan Williams! 🎼

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An @OUPAcademic blog explores Ralph Vaughan Williams as an advocate for amateurs 👇 https://bit.ly/432Vi8T

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Discover a collection of beautiful, free to use, photographs relating to the life of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Explore here: https://vaughanwilliamsfoundation.org/discover/rvw-in-pictures/

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Talking Pictures TV

This Week! Premiere: Wed-7-June 3pm #JohnMills #DerekBond #DianaChurchill SCOTT OF THE ANTARCTIC (1948) biographical adventure drama on #TPTV Ealing Studios Production.

His music continues to inspire us. Its incredible breadth of style and outlook seems especially important in our polarised times.

CHRISTOPHER GLYNN, artistic director, Ryedale Festival

Among his acts were countless kindnesses, known only to himself and the persons concerned. He gave continuous encouragement to younger men. He had the dignified humility of a great man, and was utterly unself-seeking.


I cannot stress enough how important this organisation’s work is, what a profound difference it is making, and how it has enabled so many to develop creatively and give new work a platform. Vaughan Williams himself would surely be so proud of this legacy. 

ZOE MARTLEW, composer and cellist

It is necessary to know facts, but music will enable you to see past facts to the very essence of things in a way which science cannot do. The arts are the means by which we can look through the magic casements and see what lies beyond. 

RVW, letter to the children of Swaffham Primary School, 1958