Above: Leith Hill Place, VW's childhood home, as it is today (photo taken 2010). This was Vaughan Williams' home from the age of three until he left the Royal College of Music although he was regular visitor thereafter. He inherited the property in 1944 but left the house and the surrounding area to the National Trust. The house had been built in c1600 and bought by RVW's maternal grandfather, Josiah Wedgwood. The famous Leith Hill Musical Festival took its name from the beauty spot nearby. VW moved to a more modest house in Dorking (White Gates). "If I had to decide what trees were to be cut, what vegetables planted, what cows sold, I should lose all pleasure in the place – and if I ran the place properly I shouldn't have any time for my own work."
The Romance (Andantino - Appassionato) from Vaughan Williams' Serenade in A minor. Written in 1898, the Serenade was VW's first orchestral work, composed shortly after he left the Royal College of Music and while he was also working for his doctorate of music. (video by Colin Lees)