Holst And Vaughan-Williams: Making Music English

Confirmed for BBC Two on 17 November at 9pm to 10pm

Ep 1/1

Saturday 17 November



Presenter Tom Service is joined by Professor of History Amanda Vickery to unearth the fascinating story behind the life-long friendship between Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst, two composers whose music is often credited with birthing the so-called ‘English Sound’ which emerged in the first half of the 20th century.

Tom and Amanda retrace the trips Vaughan Williams and Holst took across the country to discover how various influences, including works by Renaissance masters and folk music, imbued their music with the ‘English Sound’ we recognise today. The BBC Concert Orchestra performs excerpts of both composers’ music, illustrating the story.

A Reef Television production for BBC Two.

Pictured: Amanda Vickery and Tom Service