Vaughan Williams: Valiant for Truth
In an elegiac portrait of Ralph Vaughan Williams the man and composer, on the 50th anniversary of his death, Stephen Johnson travels across the country Vaughan Williams so loved, to see some of the places he lived and worked in, to try and get a little closer to an extraordinary and underrated mind.
Stephen Johnson talks to journalist and Vaughan Williams's biographer, Simon Heffer about Vaughan Williams and religion, social conscience, Englishness and politics. Dur: 9'15
Stephen Johnson talks to the philosopher Anthony Grayling at Leith Hill Place where Vaughan Williams lived as he grew up. Dur: 7'41
Stephen Johnson talks to Simona Packenham who wrote about the music of Vaughan Williams, and who late in his life became a friend to both him and his wife Ursula. Dur: 6'41
Stephen Johnson talks to Vaughan Williams' biographer, Michael Kennedy. Dur: 7'16
Stephen Johnson talks to composer, trumpet player, former member of the Halle Orchestra and one time student of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Arthur Butterworth. Dur: 6'01
Stephen Johnson talks to the musical assistant of Vaughan Williams - Roy Douglas. Dur: 4'19
Stephen Johnson talks to Kiffer Finzi, the son of the composer Gerald Finzi, who when he was a child knew knew Vaughan Williams. Dur: 3'16
Listen to the Programme - Vaughan Williams: Valiant for Truth
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