Welcome to the RVW Trust

supporting British music since 1956

The RVW Trust is one of the most significant sources of funding for contemporary and recent music in the UK. The trust was established by the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) and it continues to fulfil the purposes he intended by supporting the work of British composers.

Latest news

New commissions for RVW150

With characteristic generosity Ralph Vaughan Williams founded the RVW Trust in 1956 to support the work of his fellow composers. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of our founder we are supporting a diverse series of new works around the country reflecting on or inspired by his ideas and music in 2022-23 .

The new commissions form part of RVW150 – a comprehensive programme of his work, presented throughout the UK and internationally by our sister charity the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust.

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Vaughan Williams Bursaries

Applications for the 2022 VW Bursaries are now closed

Five awards of £4000 will be made towards Masters studies in composition at British universities or conservatoires will be announced in June .

The 2021 recipients were Georgia Denham (University of Cambridge), Oran Johnson (Royal Academy of Music), Philip Rousiamanis (Royal Northern College of Music), Oscar Ridout (Royal College of Music), Xia Leon Sloane (Royal Northern College of Music) and Sam Longbottom (Royal Northern College of Music).  

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What we do

We support the performance, creation and recording of music by professional British composers of current or recent generations (or those entering the profession).

Applications from individuals, ensembles, organisations and recording companies are considered three times per year. The deadline for our next meeting is 5 September 2022.

How to apply

Postgraduate studyVaughan Williams Bursaries

We award bursaries each year to British composers who have been accepted to study composition on Masters’ courses at British universities or conservatoires. The next deadline for applications will be 14 April 2023 (for courses starting in September 2023). Only digital applications will be considered.

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Corona Virus

It is inevitable that for the immediate future performances may be cancelled or postponed. If you are a current grant recipient, please keep us updated as to your plans and get in touch to discuss the payment of your grant.