John Sykes CD Appeal

Summer, 2018

The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society and Albion Records are joining forces with a group of former pupils of John Sykes, who was in turn a pupil of Vaughan Williams, to make a recording of some of his work.

The Kingswood School archives hold over a hundred transcriptions of his music, prepared by a small group of his pupils. The works for recording will be selected from his settings of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience and other songs, incidental music for plays and his church, chamber and piano music. In his book Sensibility and English Song Professor Stephen Banfield describes one of Sykes’ song settings thus: '... with its wonderfully crafted melody and plastic metre, its sensibility of both romantic refinement and archaic artifice, and its transfixing marriage of an 18th-century text with a 16th-century manner, it seems the perfect encapsulation in English song of one era's transmutation of another.'

This is music of quality, which we want to record for posterity. However it will cost over £10,000 to make but one CD, and there is sufficient good music to cover many. We are appealing for funds to make this possible.

By making donations to this fund via The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society, UK taxpayers qualify for Gift Aid, thus adding 25% to the value of your gift. The  Society will send an email to donors inviting a Gift Aid declaration.

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