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Vaughan Williams Festival
Down Ampney, Gloucestershire
24 - 27 August 2018
2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the death of one of England’s finest composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams. To commemorate and celebrate the life of this extraordinary musician the Vaughan Williams Festival presents a series of 10 concerts, lectures and events over the course of the August bank holiday weekend, 24th-27th inclusive.
The Festival will take place in the beautiful Cotswold village of Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, Vaughan Williams’ birthplace in 1872, and all concerts will be performed in the picturesque church of All Saints’ Down Ampney which was completed in 1245 by the Knights Templar.
A stellar line-up of internationally acclaimed musicians will join forces to form ‘The Vaughan Williams Ensemble’ for the duration of the Festival. The focal point will naturally be Vaughan Williams, but the programmes will also include music by his teachers, mentors, contemporaries and disciples. Special guests also include Festival President and award-winning Film and TV composer Debbie Wiseman MBE; Richard Morrison (Chief Music Critic, The Times) ; Brett Russell (Chef Patron of the celebrated Tierra & Marr Restaurant, Cirencester); Vivien Lloyd (award-winning preserves tutor and author ) and the celebrated actor, Anton Lesser. Our Composer-in-Association will be the acclaimed British composer David Bednall, who will write a Sonata for viola and piano (RVW In Memoriam) which will receive its world premiere during the Festival.