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

Anthony Payne 1936-2021

We are very sad to announce the death of Anthony Payne – a long time adviser to the Trust

Celebrated composer, writer and generous champion of so many young musicians, Tony died just a month after his beloved wife of more than 50 years, the soprano Jane Manning. His “quiet but thoughtful presence in British music always strikes me as a kind of anchorage in sanity, confirming the continuing life of trusted values,” critic Michael White once wrote in The Independent on Sunday.

We will miss him enormously.

Vaughan Williams Bursaries

The 2020 recipients of our £4000 bursaries for postgraduate composers were (L to R) Sam Loveless (Royal College of Music), Sam Longbottom (Royal Northern College of Music), Isabella Gellis  (Royal Academy of Music), Samuel Pradalie (University of Cambridge) and Electra Perivolaris (Royal Academy of Music).

The next recipients will be announced in July 2021.

Find out more about the VW Bursaries

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 1 September 2021.

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 1 May 2022 (for courses starting in September 2022). 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. The Trust office is working remotely and we will do our best to respond to you as soon as we can.