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The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society Journal – Index of Articles
Note. Issues 1–4 edited by the late John Bishop, thereafter by Stephen Connock. Change of style from the 'headlined' to a 'themed' Journal. All issues have a basic core of letters, reviews of recordings and concerts and Society news.

February 2005 William Hedley takes over as Editor from Stephen Connock. New design and format gradually introduced.

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Issue 1 September 1994
Inaugural issue - Bowing ourselves in
In depth article by Michael Kennedy on Hodie and VW's Christmas Music.
Roy Douglas on Working with RVW.
Colin Peters Film music: every composer should be taught the art.
Lewis Foreman – The Unknown RVW – A matter for debate
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Issue 2 January 1995
Words in high places
Rob Furneaux gives A View from the Far West
Jean Lacroix - To be a French Speaker and love the music of RVW: a contradiction?
Keith Douglas – RVW ignored at Leith Hill Place
Stephen Connock compares versions of A London Symphony
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Issue 3 July 1995
Firing on all Cylinders
Gwyn Parry-Jones on The inner and outer worlds of RVW.
David Tolley – Tracking down RVW's music for 'The Mayor of Casterbridge'
Tony Fuller – JOB 'this enthralling work'
Gwyn Parry Jones – The inner and outer worlds of RVW: the Fifth & Sixth Symphonies
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Issue 4 November 1995
A memorable day indeed
Report on our first AGM and concert.
Michael Kennedy article on the Piano Concerto.
Composer Steve Martland on the Sixth Symphony.
Interview with conductor, Richard Hickox on the Symphonies.
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Issue 5 February 1996
Sir John in Love
Wilfrid Mellers on the opera Sir John in Love
Robin Wells writes about VW's alma mater, Charterhouse School.
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Issue 6 June 1996
Igor Kennaway on the opera The Pilgrims Progress.
Steve Schwarz on The Fifth Symphony.
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Issue 7 October 1996
Reminiscences of VW by Roy Henderson
Andrew Herbert, VW's Sketches for a Sea Symphony.
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Issue 8 February 1997
Down Ampney Appeal fund launched.
Wilfrid Mellers on the neglected opera A Poisoned Kiss.
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Issue 9 June 1997
Reminiscences of VW by John Carol Case
Interview with Leonard Slatkin.
Jeremy Dibble on Parry and VW
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Issue 10 October 1997
Special 36 page 125th Anniversary Edition
Vaughan Williams and Finzi, by Stephen Banfield.
Vaughan Williams and Shakespeare, by Byron Adams.
Coastal Command, in depth article on the film music by Richard Young.
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Issue 11 February 1998
Focus on Gustav Holst
with an article by composer, Colin Matthews and The thoughts of Sir Adrian Boult and Imogen Holst.
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Issue 12 June 1998
40th Anniversary of RVW's death
Reprints of obituary notices and funeral service.
Andrew Herbert's detailed essay on the genesis of 'The Explorers' the forerunner of A Sea Symphony.
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Issue 13 October 1998
Folk Song Edition
Elsie M Payne on Vaughan Williams and Folk-song.
John Barr on the Six Studies in English Folk-song.
Frank Dineen on The Priming of Miss Locksie
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Issue 14 February 1999
Garland Appeal
Folk-song Part 2
Lewis Foreman on The early response of British composers to Folk-song.
Survey of RVW CD covers.
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Issue 15 June 1999
Thomas Hardy Edition
Hubert Foss Thomas Hardy and Music
Alain Frogley – Hardy in the music of VW
David Trolley – On the trail of Tess
Ursula Vaughan Williams on VW and Thomas Hardy.
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Issue 16 October 1999
Garland Launch
VW and the First World War
VW as an Officer – Alan Aldous
RVW, Britten and The Great War – Roger Juneau
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Issue 17 February 2000
Focus on George Herbert
Recording of Five Mystical Songs – Jonathon Pearson
George Herbert and Arthur Vaughan Williams at Bemerton, Salisbury – Stephen Connock
VW as conductor – Lewis Foreman
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Issue 18 June 2000
VW and Bach VW and Bach – Michael Kennedy
Lewis Foreman – VW conducting the St Matthew Passion
VW and 'the greatest of all composers'
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Issue 19 October 2000
Job
A context for the Masques – Deborah Heckert
The Origins of Job – Sir Geoffrey Keynes
Sir Roger Norrington reviews Uncle Ralph's St Matthew Passion
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Issue 20 February 2001
Scott of the Antarctic – Part 1
The Last Unknown Region: Polar Ambition or Pilgrimage – David Tolley
The Film music to Scott – Richard Young
The Early works – Bernard Benoliel
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Issue 21 June 2001
Scott of the Antarctic – Part 2
Sinfonia Antartica – Jonathan Pearson
The Music for 'Scott of the Antarctic' – Christopher J. Parker
'The Times', and The Fourth Symphony – Geoff Brown
Atterberg, Sibelius and RVW's Fifth Symphony – A letter translated for the RVW Society
Ralph Vaughan Williams & Alexander Constantinoich Glazunov – Rob Furneaux
Some Notes on a Pastoral Symphony – Jeffery Aldridge
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Issue 22 October 2001
RVW in the Second World War
The Symphony and the Second World War (with comparative CD review of Symphony No 5) – William Hedley
Salvage and the War Effort – Michael Gainsford
Ursula Vaughan Williams in Discussion with Stephen Connock about the Second World War
The Composer in Wartime – article reproduced from Heirs & Rebels
How about the Victory Anthem? – Stephen Johnson discusses relations between RVW and the BBC during World War II.
Song of Thanksgiving – VW Celebrates the end of the war – Lewis Foreman
Music in Wartime – Simona Pakenham
Six Choral Songs (in time of war) – Stephen Connock
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Issue 23 February 2002
Focus on Ivor Gurney
Guest Editor: Rolf Jordan with articles by Anthony Boden and Pam Blevins.
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Issue 24 June 2002
RVW and Distinguished Conductors
Conducting RVW – Michael Kennedy
Glory, Pity and Anger: British Conductors in the music of RVW – William Hedley
Malcolm Sargent, Vaughan Williams and the Ninth Symphony – Robin Barber
Stokowski and Vaughan Williams – Edward Johnson
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Issue 25 October 2002
The Songs of Travel
Guest Editor: Dr William Adams
Robert Louis Stevenson – A brief examination of the poet – William M Adams
Elements of Form and Unity in Songs of Travel
The Recordings – A comparitive analysis
Symphony No 9 – An Introduction and CD Review by Robin Barber
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Issue 26 February 2003
The Poisoned Kiss
From Polly to the Wasps: The musical context – Stephen Connock
"It will be alright in the end" The complex Evolution of the Libretto – Stephen Connock
Evelyn Sharp – writer and suffragette – Stehen Connock
Once upon a time...An anlysis of the opera – Stephen Connock
Uncle Ralph, Uncle Wiz and Benji – Jeffery Aldridge
The Pilgrim's Progress in context: A preliminary study – Eric Seddon
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Issue 27 June 2003


The Sixth Symphony
Historical Introduction – Jeffrey Davis
Toward the Unknown Region – The Sixth Symphony – AEF Dickinson
The Holst Memorial Symphony? – Paul Sarcich
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Issue 28 October 2003
A Special Flame – Elgar and Vaughan Williams
Elgar and Vaughan Williams: An Overview – Michael Kennedy
What have we learnt from Elgar? Vaughan Williams and the Ambivalance of Inheritance – Byron Adams
Variations on an Edwardian Enigma – Herbert Howells in 1968 writes on Elgar and VW in the context of two book reviews.
Vaughan Williams brings in the May: Sydenham, 1911– Roger Savage
Mysticism and Joyful Solemnity: Two moments of D major in 'The Pilgrim's Progress' - Eric Seddon

Issue 29 February 2004
Hymn Tunes
Vaughan Williams and the Hymnals – A New Perspective
John Bawden
Two Obscure Hymn Tunes of Ralph Vaughan Williams - John Barr
Hymn Tunes Descants 1915-1934 - Clark Kimberling, University of Evansville
Memories of RVW from the 1930s to the 1950s
John Gordan Clark

Issue 30 June 2004
A Celebration for Ursula
The Films of Powell and Pressburger – an overview - Rolf Jordan
RVW and the Women's Institute – Lorna Gibson
RVW and the early 20th Century – EJ Hysom

Issue 31 June 2004
Tenth Anniversary Celebrations
What RVW means to me – members invited to write testimonials on 'What RVW means to me'.
Vaughan Williams and his film music for 49th Parallel - Richard Young
J.S. Bach, the Wintertide and the Poetics of translation in Hodie - Gregory Martin

Issue 32 February 2005
Michael Kennedy's address to the 10th Anniversary AGM
Three Glorious Johns – Roger Savage
RVW - A Memoir by Sir John Barbirolli from 1958.
Reviews of Two VW Premieres: Sinfonia Antartica - Barbirolli and the Hallé Manchester and Royal Festival Hall. Contemporary reviews

Issue 33 June 2005
VW and Religion
RVW and Religion – John Barr
RVW and Religion – Byron Adams
RVW: What might have been – Colin Lees

Issue 34 October 2005
Concertos
On playing the Tuba Concerto – Richard Sandland
Vaughan Williams and the British Piano Concerto – Luke Bromley
The Concertos [Violin Concertos and the Harmonica Romance]– Simona Pakenham
The unfinished Cello Concerto – Caireann Shannon
Constant Lambert and RVW – Stephen Lloyd
Fantasia on a theme by Vaughan Williams – Simona Pakenham

Issue 35 February 2006
Englishness and Vaughan Williams – James Day
Toward the Unknown Region and Dona Nobis Pacem Tony Williams
On Finzi...and on Whitman – Simona Pakenham
The Pilgrim's Progress in California - Introduced by Alan Thayer
Heirs and Rebels (on Holst) – Em Marshall

Issue 36 June 2006
Symphony No 3
Listening to the Pastoral Symphony – David Manning
A new direction in Vaughan Wiilliams' symphonic thinking Jeffrey Aldridge
The Grandeur of Desolation: A rumination on the Pastoral Symphony - Rolf Jordan
A clutch of "Favourite" Pastorals – Various
Beyond Wishful Thinking. A re-evaluation of Vaughan Williams and religion - Eric Seddon
Sir John in Love. A transcript of Michael Kennedy's introduction to the opera at the ENO on Saturday 11th March 2006

Issue 37 October 2006
Symphony No 3
Articles on the Abinger Pagent and The Proms

Issue 38 March 2007
Vaughan Williams and Bunyan
Articles by Eric Seddon and Richard Brunson and a synopsis
of the Elgar- VW symposium: "The Best of me"

Issue 39 June 2007
Focus on the 9th Symphony
Major articles on the work and conducting it by John Barr and Adam Stern.
Updated CD review by Robin Barber of all recordings available.
Latest in the "footsteps" series by Stephen Connock.

Issue 40 October 2007
Riders to the Sea
Launch of Albion Records the RVW Society recording arm.
Riders to the Sea – 3 important studies.
Tony Palmer writes about his film "O Thou Transcendent".
James Day and Mass in G Minor and Sancta Civitas

Issue 41 February 2008
RVW and the International Scene
From Over the Pond. RVW as seen by American music Critics.
Vaughan Williams Abroad Sir Roger Norrington's View
RVW: Composer, Teacher and Evangelist - Simon Heffer
Exploring Vaughan Williams' Writings – David Manning
Analysis Without Fear – Eric Seddon

Issue 42 June 2008
Flos Campi
The Song of Songs: an introduction - Cecil Bloom
Flos Campi the Enigma – Eric Seddon
Pop Goes the Music.... – Scott Aniol
(Roy Douglas: A Century)

Issue 43 October 2008
Ursula Vaughan Williams Remembered
Ursula, Charterhouse & O Thou Transcendent – D.R.Thorpe
Not in an Ivory Tower (VW, Holst & Morley College) – Linda Hayward
VW & the Oxford Bach Choir – Peter Gilliver)

Issue 44 February 2009
Vaughan Williams and Literature
Remembering Ursula – Michael Kennedy
Vaughan Williams, Shakespeare and Sir John in Love – D.R. Thorpe
Vaughan Williams, Stevenson, and Songs of Travel – Eric Hazlewood)
Lionel Tertis' 1936 Edition of Vaughan Williams' Suite for Viola and Small Orchestra – Bernard Kane

Issue 45 June 2009
Vaughan Williams and London
Vaughan Williams, Cheyne Walk and the 1911 Census – Robin Barber
The Alchemy of Music and Landscape in Vaughan Williams' 'Joanna Godden' – John Morris
Where The Lark Does not Ascend – Allan W. Atlas

Issue 46 October 2009
Vaughan Williams and Folksong
Vaughan Williams and the Idea of Folk Song in the Norfolk Rhapsodies – Anthony Newton
"An individual flowering": Ralph Vaughan Williams' work in Folklore – Georgina Boyes
Towards a folk song awakening: Vaughan WIlliams in Bouremouth, 1902 – Michael Holyoake
The Solo Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams: an Introduction – John Barr

Issue 47 February 2010
Symphony No 8 in D minor
Symphony No 8 in D minor: An Introduction and CD Review – Dr Robin Barber
New Light on I vow to Thee, my Country – Alan Gibbs

Issue 48 June 2010
Unthemed
The Running Set – Roy J. Lidstone
On the Reception of the Tallis Fantasia, 1922-1929 – Alan W. Atlas

Issue 49 October 2010
Vaughan Williams and the musical amateur
Vaughan Williams and the Musical Amateur: A checklist of English Carol Arrangements – Julian Onderdonk
Music is for Everyone – Linda Hayward
The Base of the Pyramid: Vaughan Williams and the Musical Amateur – Renee Stewart
A Significant Find (Cambridge Mass) –Alan Tongue
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Images In Art – Jeffery Davis
Vaughan Williams and Thomas Hardy – Michael Gainsford
Discovering Ralph Williams a1970s style – John France
Taken by Surprise – John Treadway

Issue 50 February 2011
Unthemed
Simona Pakenham Obituary Stephen Connock
John Bridcut talks about "Passions". A Journal interview
A Genius in the Making Linda Hayward
Vaughan Williams' Pocket Watch Robin Barber
Vaughan Williams and the Musical Amateur: A checklist of English Folk Song Arrangements Julian Onderdonk
A Fantasia and a Symphony: Herbert Howells on Vaughan Williams - Paul Andrews
Ralph Vaughan Williams and The Garden of Proserpine Rikky Rooksby
A Century On - Simon Coombs
Music you Might Like. Frank Martin – Mass for Double Choir. An appreciation by William Hedley

Issue 51 June 2011
Unthemed
RVW - Music Teacher? Ralph Vaughan Williams' view of his role as an educator of the young – Andrew Browning
Vaughan Williams and the Musical Amateur: A Checklist of Miscellaneous Arrangements of English, British and Continental European Dances and Songs - Julian Onderdonk
La Musique de Ralph Vaughan Williams et les Français – Marie-Béatrice Jeanjean
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Joy and Delight - Linda Hayward

Issue 52 October 2011
Unthemed
Thirteen original tunes by Ralph Vaughan Williams for The English Hymnal and Songs of Praise - Hugh Benham
Ralph Vaughan Williams and Songs of Praise - Frank McManus
A Sea Symphony: The role of the Scherzo and its relationship to the other movements - Sophya Polevaya
Ursula on the Ninth
Ralph Vaughan Williams and the French - Marie-Béatrice Jeanjean
Howells on Vaughan Williams

Issue 53 February 2012
Unthemed
"I love it beyond reason" - An interview with RVW Society President, Michael Kennedy CBE.
Folk Song Identification in the Works of Vaughan Williams: Some Confusions - Adam Harvey
Thomas Cannings's "Morgan Fantasy": a tribute to Ralph Vaughan Williams - Allan W. Atlas
Ralph Vaughan Williams, Leos Janacek and Jean Sibelius - James Lyon
Ralph Vaughan Williams and the two Surrey Pageants: The Abinger Pageant (1934) and England's Pleasant Land (1938) - Renee Stewart

Issue 54 June 2012
Unthemed
English Folk Songs and Other Traditional Tunes in the Works of Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Checklist - Adam Harvey
C. H. H. Parry and R. Vaughan Williams - James Lyon
"To Marie Hall" - Hugh Thomas
The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust - Hugh Cobbe
Ralph Vaughan Williams and Oxford University Presss - William Hedley
The BBC, the Proms, and British Music - Roger Wright
A Century On - Phantasy Quintet - Simon Coombs

Issue 55 October 2012
UnthemedMusic for solo organ by Ralph Vaughan Williams - Hugh Benham
The Sydney Manuscript. Vaughan Williams's (unknown) orchestral setting
of "The Spanish Ladies" - Simon Polson
A Bigger Splash, A lecture given at Hereford Three Choirs Festival, 23 July 201 - Rolf Jordan
C. H. H. Parry and R. Vaughan Williams -II - James Lyon
Vaughan Williams turns up in Somerset, then returns to Cheyne Walk as Job comes to Albion

Issue 56 February 2013
UnthemedVaughan Williams and Oxford University Press - Simon Wright
The Pilgrim's Progress in Progress - Stephen Connock
"Come hither, I wil show thee excellent things": The Pilgrim's Progress at ENO, November 2012 - John Francis
"A Notorioulsy Reluctant Sitter"- Colin Lees
Vaughan Williams returns to Chelsea - Peter Bull
How do you listen to Vaughan Willliams? - Rob Furneaux

Issue 57 June 2013
UnthemedSome Notes on the Reception of Vaughan Williams: Three Quantative Measures - Allan W. Atlas
Folk Song in the English Folk Song Suite - Adam Harvey
Vaughan Williams: Serenade in A minor (1898): addendum to the published score - Julian Rushton
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Hymn Tune Prelude on "Song 13" by Orlando Gibbons - John France
Vaughan Williams and Bach's St Matthew Passion - Renee Stewart

Issue 58 October 2013
UnthemedMusic & Politics in 49th Parallel - John Morris
Vaughan Williams, Alfvén and Dohnányi - Rob Furneaux
A London Symphony: Justification for performing the original version - Graham Muncy
Vaughan Williams and Britten - John Treadway
To Complete or Not to Complete, that is the Question - Simon Coombs
Dawn Offensive (fiction) - Andrew M. Seddon

Issue 59 February 2014
Unthemed
The copyright owner's view - Hugh Cobbe, Director, The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust
The music publisher's view - Simon Wright, Head of Rights & Contracts, Music,
Oxford University Press
The Letter and the Spirit and Music in World War II - John Morris
To Record or Not to Record? Some thoughts on the performance and recording of Vaughan Williams's early music and what might follow - Colin Lees
Vaughan Williams "on the air" in the Coronation year - Peter Foster
A London Symphony - Graham Muncy
A London Symphony: Some Remarks on Development - Mike Cooper
O for a Muse of Fire… Albion Records releases the incidental music from Henry V and Richard II - Stephen Connock

Issue 60 June 2014
Unthemed
Ralph Vaughan Williams and Olin Downes: Newly Uncovered Letters - Allan W. Atlas
The Reception of Hugh Bean's Recording of The Lark Ascending - John France
The Lady in Question - Colin Lees
A Century On: Four Hymns for Tenor, Viola and Strings - Simon Coombs
Stars of the Night: Stephen Connock introduces Albion's latest CD.


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