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.

We welcome applications from ensembles, organisations and individuals.

VWF also offers annual £6,000 Vaughan Williams Bursaries to postgraduate composition students – applications for the 2023 Bursaries are currently being accepted


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


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The VWF was founded in 2022, 150 years after birth of Ralph Vaughan William. It brings together the two charities originally set up by Ralph (the RVW Trust) and his wife Ursula (the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust). Find out more here 👇 #RVW150 https://t.co/qdHuH2JY2O

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Coming together to sing… @G_E_Mason working with the @RoyalPhilSoc is writing a new choral piece suitable for both professional and amateur choirs inspired by the music, ideas and life of RVW. Watch this space for news of its premier! #RVW150 https://t.co/4TwVakp9Z6

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We love the fact that Ralp Vaughan Williams is sometimes described a ‘radical tradionalist’ – spot on! 🎼

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An insight into Ralph Vaugh Williams’ wide appeal perhaps? Read @hwfmorris‘s article about Eric Saylor’s biography, in the Guardian here 👉 https://t.co/8HSeY5q63N

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Great to see that the Phoenix Collective Quartet will be sharing some RVW with their audience at Kincumber Anglican Church later this year in #Sydney. https://t.co/scEB6s0fin

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Ralph Vaughan Williams and his wife Ursula Vaughan Williams are buried together at @wabbey. All the music played at his burial service was selected according to RVW’s wishes – find out more here: https://t.co/y4s0u5Ajme

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What better way to get the week started? John Wilson conducts Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, by Ralph Vaughan Williams, filmed under socially distanced conditions in 2020 as part of the @philharmonia Sessions. https://t.co/aIUR6IlfRH

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.@BBCRadio3 has released its Spring Season 2023, including a lunchtime concert on February 28, featuring the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams. https://t.co/oGHLQHT8nq

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We are strong believers in the positive effects of music. 🎶 We hope you have time to enjoy your favourite pieces this #weekend, whether it’s playing them, attending a concert or taking a moment to listen to a recording.

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This interesting article notes how composer and conductor Peter Gellhorn, who fled Nazi Germany, was released from internment on the Isle of Man following intervention by Ralph Vaughan Williams and renowned pianist Myra Hess. #HolocaustMemorialDay https://t.co/EnPL1MTYYQ

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See you later! https://t.co/0XGHx6XMN4

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Congratulations all. Take a bow! https://t.co/rKgiSLJsDS

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