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
The Kingswood School archives hold over a hundred transcriptions of his
music, prepared by a small group of his pupils. The works for recording
be selected from his settings of William Blake's Songs of Innocence
and Songs of
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
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.
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