Donald Macleod discusses the unusual role a drama student, Ursula Wood, found herself playing in the lives of Ralph and his then wife, Adeline.
Celebrating British Music: It was at a performance of Vaughan Williams's Job at Sadler's Wells that his music first caught the attention of the young drama student and aspiring poet Ursula Wood. Though they didn't meet for another five years, it would be the catalyst to a love affair which lasted until Vaughan Williams's death twenty years later. This week, Donald Macleod focuses on those highly productive later years, touching on Ursula and Ralph's blossoming relationship through the war years. Donald looks at the unusual role Ursula found herself playing in the lives of Ralph and his then wife Adeline, and the all too brief but intensely happy marriage to Ursula for the last five years of Vaughan Williams's life.
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