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).

Funding

Applications are open

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 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

RVW150

12 October 2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the launch of this Foundation but #RVW150 celebrations have been in full swing since the beginning of the year and will go on 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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📣 We are delighted to announce that the value of our Vaughan Williams Bursaries has increased to £6k! Awards are made to Masters Degree students who anticipate becoming professional #composers. Applications are open – apply here 👇 https://t.co/aPxp3ru2ZA

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We support #composers by funding the performance, commissioning or recording of music by professional composers active in the last 100 years who have not yet achieved a broad national or international reputation 👉 https://t.co/BcBIdlArX4

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@jonathanclinch Research into the music of RVW is funded through our general funding stream. Please see https://t.co/UroGBXb3Hi

Vaughan Williams Foundation

📢 We are delighted to announce that the value of our Vaughan Williams Bursaries has increased to £6k! Awards are made to Masters Degree students who anticipate becoming professional #composers. Apply here 👉 https://t.co/I6I8IxKVo9

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Happy #Purrsday! 🐱 Ralph Vaughan William’s cat Friskin finds his Boxing Day menu not up to scratch here…

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📣 Applications open! Vaughan Williams Postgraduate Bursaries applications open today – Thursday, December 1, 2022, deadline: Friday, April 14, 2023. Details here: https://t.co/aPxp3rcs82

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The @philharmonia joins forces with the @oxfordbachchoir on Saturday to perform the much-loved Fantasia on a Theme of Tallis in the very building it was first heard in almost a century ago. Details & tickets here: https://t.co/wiO8ilVmEd #RVW150

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The “ever winging up and up” violin took centre stage at an @Ensemble360 concert in #Sheffield, where @emilysunviolin performed RVW’s Lark Ascending 👏 https://t.co/shMtcv4c9W

Vaughan Williams Foundation

We provide funding for the advancement anywhere in the world of the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the life and music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, and of the work of Ursula Vaughan Williams. More here: https://t.co/UroGBXb3Hi

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With Ralph Vaughan Williams’ copyrights divided between different publishing houses, it can be hard to locate scores or to know who to turn to with copyright or licensing questions. Our catalogue can help! 👇 https://t.co/qXWCcSxb8S

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The performace of RVW’s Serenade to Music and Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time together by @LPOrchestra is described by @EveningStandard as “An inspired choice” https://t.co/eNmF2J0ITi

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.

SIR ARTHUR BLISS, conductor

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