From pub to pulpit – hymns and folksongs

Well known as a collector of folk songs, RVW also made a huge mark on church music as the editor of The English Hymnal (1906, revised 1933), Songs of Praise (1925, enlarged 1931) and The Oxford Book of Carols (1928). He was a proponent of unison singing by the congregation, and many of his own tunes and arrangements are for this medium. 

Linking these two passions, From Pub to Pulpit is an imaginative and rousing concert tour which brings together Broomdasher – an a cappella folk group, with Coracle – a classically trained instrumental trio and, in collaboration with the resident organist and church choir, creates different programmes for each venue, bringing to life the musical journey of folk songs RVW collected, and later ‘borrowed’ for hymns when editing The English HymnalFrom Pub to Pulpit opens in Down Ampney where RVW was born, and ends at Gloucester Cathedral as part of the 2023 Three Choirs Festival.