Earth & Sky: Vaughan Williams Choral Premières Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea & William Vann
- Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958):
- 1Vine, Vine and Eglantine (Arr. for Choir & Piano)01:38
- 2Winter (Arr. for Choir & Piano)02:28
- 3Spring (Arr. for Choir & Piano)01:37
- 4Sound Sleep (Arr. for Choir & Piano)05:25
- 5The Jolly Ploughboy (Arr. R. Vaughan Williams for Choir)01:18
- 6Old Folks at Home (Arr. R. Vaughan Williams for Choir)05:04
- 7A Farmer's Boy (Arr. R. Vaughan Williams for Choir)02:09
- 8The World It Went Well with Me Then (Arr. R. Vaughan Williams for Choir)01:49
- 9Tobacco's but an Indian Weed (Arr. R. Vaughan Williams for Choir)01:30
- 10The New Commonwealth03:00
- 11O Praise the Lord of Heaven04:48
- 12My Soul, Praise the Lord02:49
- 13Little Cloister03:25
- 14A Hymn of Freedom04:12
- 15England, My England (Arr. for Choir & Organ)04:30
- 16A Call to the Free Nations (Arr. for Choir & Organ)02:05
- 17The Airmen's Hymn02:46
- 18A Song of Thanksgiving: Land of Our Birth03:18
- 19Hymn for St. Margaret of Scotland03:11
- 20Dawn on the Hills (Arr. R. Vaughan Williams for Choir)01:33
- 21Come Let Us Gather Cockles (Arr. R. Vaughan Williams for Choir)00:32
- 22Wake and Rise (Arr. R. Vaughan Williams for Choir)03:11
Info for Earth & Sky: Vaughan Williams Choral Premières
"Earth and Sky" comprises fourteen choral works written by Ralph Vaughan Williams and a further eight arrangements made by him between 1896 and 1954 ? very nearly the length of his working career. 21 of the 22 tracks are world premiere recordings and are performed by the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and William Van.
This varied collection includes salon music, folk song settings, hymns and anthems, patriotic songs and finally Gaelic songs in English translation. Vaughan Williams never repeated himself, and the variety on display here is quite astonishing.
The recording was made in February 2018 in St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead. William Vann directs the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and plays the piano for four tracks. Hugh Rowlands accompanies a further 9 tracks on the church's Willis organ.
An earlier release with William Vann as Director of Music, SOMMCD0161 Carols from Chelsea, earned critical press acclaim, Gramophone commenting on the "first-class personnel" and "tension and subtlety in the performances."
Thomas Stoddart, baritone
Hugh Rowlands, organ
William Vann, piano
Leah Jackson, soprano
Chapel Choir Of The Royal Hospital Chelsea
Gramophone, reviewing Purer than Pearl, Albion Records’ latest disc of Vaughan Williams song, reserved “a special word of praise for William Vann’s deft pianism”. A multiple-prize winning conductor and accompanist of growing renown and former pupil of Malcolm Martineau, William performs with a host of major singers and instrumentalists across the world and is the founder and Artistic Director of the London English Song Festival.
Born in Bedford, William was a Chorister at King’s College, Cambridge and a Music Scholar at Bedford School. He subsequently read law and took up a choral scholarship at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was taught the piano by Peter Uppard, and studied piano accompaniment at the RAM with Malcolm Martineau and Colin Stone, where he has recently been made an Associate.
He has been awarded many prizes for piano accompaniment, including the Wigmore Song Competition Jean Meikle Prize for a Duo (with Johnny Herford), the Gerald Moore award, the Royal Overseas League Accompanists’ Award, a Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Trust award, the Concordia-Serena Nevill Prize, the Association of English Singers and Speakers Accompanist Prize, the Great Elm Awards Accompanist Prize, the Sir Henry Richardson Scholarship and the Hodgson Fellowship in piano accompaniment at the RAM.
William has collaborated on stage with a vast array of singers and instrumentalists, among them Sir Thomas Allen CBE, Mary Bevan, Katie Bray, Allan Clayton, James Gilchrist, Thomas Gould, Johnny Herford, Guy Johnston, Jennifer Johnston, Aoife Miskelly, Ann Murray DBE, Brindley Sherratt, Nicky Spence, Andrew Staples, Kitty Whately and the Benyounes and Navarra Quartets. Recent performances have included appearances at Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, the ROH Crush Room, Sage, Gateshead and St John’s, Smith Square, at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Oxford Lieder, Machynlleth and City of London Festivals, the Northern Ireland Festival of Voice (broadcast on Radio 3) and abroad in France, Germany (on live ZDF television), Ireland, Nigeria, South Africa (National Arts Festival) and Sweden. His discography includes recordings with Albion Records, Champs Hill Records, Navona Records and SOMM. Purer than Pearl, Albion’s 2016 release, featured six previously unrecorded songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
In addition to his performances of standard song repertoire, he has also either commissioned or given the first performances of new English songs and song cycles by several English composers, including Christian Alexander, Joseph Atkins, Martin Eastwood, Johnny Herford, Ian Venables, David Nield and Graham Ross (the latter two at Wigmore Hall).
He is a Trustee of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society, a Samling Artist, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Co-Chairman of Kensington and Chelsea Music Society, the Artistic Director of Bedford Music Club, a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and a conductor and vocal coach on the Dartington and Oxenfoord International Summer Schools. He is also the Director of Music at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, where he directs the choir and a programme of concerts in the Royal Hospital’s Wren Chapel, the Assistant Conductor of the English Chamber Choir and the founder and Artistic Director of the London English Song Festival, the sixth season of which took place at Wilton’s Music Hall in July 2017. Projects in 2018 include discs of song with Mary Bevan, Gareth John, Kitty Whately and Roderick Williams and a recital to commemorate the centenary of Parry’s death at Wigmore Hall on 23rd September.