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,

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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 beannounced in June 2022

The 2021 recipients of the prestigious Vaughan Williams Bursaries are (L to R) Oran Johnson (Royal Academy of Music), Georgia Denham (University of Cambridge), Oscar Ridout (Royal College of Music),  Xia Leon Sloane (Royal Northern College of Music), Sam Longbottom (Royal Northern College of Music) and Philip Rousiamanis (Royal Northern College of Music)

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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.

Latest grants

Projects supported by RVWT

In the last twelve months the RVW Trust has awarded almost £200,000 for the support of recent British music. Grants were made to festivals, orchestras, ensembles, opera companies, national organisations, composers, solo performers and recording companies.

Projects have been supported the length and breadth of the United Kingdom: from new contra-bass clarinet works on the Isle of Raasay to an ensemble passionate about bringing contemporary music to Cornwall; and from a children’s opera touring Northern Ireland to a lively festival in East Kent.

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Corona Virus

It is inevitable that for the immediate future performances maybe cancelled. If you are a current grant recipient, please keep us updated as to your plans and get in touch to discuss your grant. The Trust office is working remotely and we will do our best to respond to you as soon as we can.