Celebrating RVW

"In the next world, I shan't be doing music, with all the striving and disappointments.  

I shall be being it."

During 2022 we are planning a number of events to celebrate the work and achievements of Ralph Vaughan Williams OM.

Concerts, folk music, Songs of Praise, recitals, talks and other events are being planned

for more details of our concerts please go to Ticket Source:


For Down Ampney & local areas tickets can be ordered via daevents@gmx.co.uk and collected from Down Ampney

Events 2022

3pm Sunday 22nd May 2022

Choral Evensong at All Saints' Church, Down Ampney

Preacher:  The Right Reverend Dr Andrew Rumsey, Bishop of Ramsbury

Choir:        The Octavo Singers with RVW's hymns, motet and music by RVW

6pm Sunday 22nd May 2022

Concert - featuring the music of RVW and others by The Octavo Singers 

Tickets £12.00 in advance from - click below:  

Some tickets on the door = £12.00    Refreshments available

7pm Friday 3rd June 2022

Folk Concert - Premiere of - From Pub to Pulpit

Acapella folk group Broomdasher and folk/jazz/classical instrumental trio Coracle join the Cathedral organists and all the other singers to raise the roof with full-blooded renditions of some of the country’s best loved hymns. They include “To Be a Pilgrim”; “O Little Town of Bethlehem”; “Tis Winter Now the Fallen Snow” and “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” which will be musically transformed in the concerts from the folk songs “Our Captain Calls”; “The Ploughboy’s Dream”; “Brisk Young Farmer” and “The Murder of Maria Marten”. 

The concert premieres during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend on 3 June in Down Ampney, the Gloucestershire village church where Vaughan Williams was born. It ends at the July 2023 Gloucester Cathedral Three Choirs Festival.

Music by:          Broomdasher and Coracle

                     The Choir of St Mary's Church, Ross-on-Wye

Tickets £15.00 in advance from Ticket Source (click below):




A few tickets may be available on the door, subject to availability

Refreshments available (Beer Tent)

7pm Saturday 2nd July 2022

Jazz in the Church - with a homage to RVW

Music by:          Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra

Tickets on the door = £12.00  

Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 under 16) = £25.00

Tickets available from Ticket source click on the link below: 


Refreshments available

3pm Saturday 30th July 2022  

Very sadly, this event has had to be cancelled owing to illness

'The Soul of a Nation' : Ralph Vaughan Williams 

Illustrated Talk and Concert

Speaker:       Raymond Calcraft University lecturer, writer and conductor

4.30pm Saturday 30th July 2022

'Afternoon Tea' at RVW's Birthplace - in The Old Vicarage Garden

Tickets must be bought in advance  = £15.00  and from Ticket Source - https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/gloucestershire/the-old-vicarage/afternoon-tea-at-rvws-birthplace-the-old-vicarage-down-ampney/2022-07-30/16:30/t-monqzkm


6pm Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 2022

Recital with Orlando Jopling

Tickets £15.00 available in advance from:

Some tickets may be available on the door, subject to availability.  Refreshments available.

3pm Sunday 18th September 2022

The Maggini Quartet

Programme:     John Ireland : Quartet No 1 in D M

                          Ralph Vaughan Williams : Quartet in G Minor

                          Ralph Vaughan Williams : Phantasy Quintet

"Among the most vivid, intelligent, witty and, on occasion, musically risk-taking live performances of classical quartets I have ever heard."  Keith Potter, The Independent

Tickets £18.00 in advance available from:

Some tickets may be available on the door, subject to availability.

Refreshments available.

3pm Sunday 25th September 2022

Choral Evensong at All Saints' Church, Down Ampney

Choir:        The Choir of Merton College, Oxford, directed by Benjamin Nicholas

3pm Saturday 1st October 2022

Concert of Choral and Organ Music

Conductor:       Raymond Calcraft 

Organist:          John Wright

Choir:               The Cantores Chamber Choir

Music by:          Palestrina : Schutz : Bach : Howells

                          Ralph Vaughan Williams - Mass in G Minor

                          and Organ Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes

Tickets £16.00 in advance from (click below):


Some tickets may be available on the door, subject to availability   

Refreshments available 


3pm Sunday 9th October 2022

Sung Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer

Celebrant:        The Reverend Canon John Swanton, Vicar of Down Ampney

Conductor:       Raymond Calcraft 

Organ:              John Wright

Choir:               The Cantores Chamber Choir

Music:               Ralph Vaughan Williams - Mass in G Minor (sung liturgically)

                          and his hymn tunes

Noon Wednesday 12th October 2022

RVW Birthday Hymn Singing!

Music by:          All of us who come along and sing well known RVW hymn tunes!

5pm Wednesday 12th October 2022 (Time to be confirmed)

Choral Evensong at Gloucester Cathedral

Music by:          Gloucester Cathedral Choir

7pm Wednesday 12th October 2022

A Celebratory Peal of Bells at Down Ampney Church

to mark RVW's Birthday

7.30pm Friday 14th October 2022

Folk Concert - Roots and Branches

Music by:          Moonrakers and Oxus

Collected folk songs and compositions from the Vaughan Williams repertoire featuring 4-piece folk band Moonrakers and string quartet Oxus.  An evocative mix of songs and tunes from the folk and classical tradition.

Tickets £15.00 available from Ticket Source - click below:

Refreshments available - Beer Tent!

7pm Saturday 15th October 2022


Music by:          Vaughan Williams Singers

Tickets on the door = £15.00    Refreshments available

Meet Some of our Contributors

Supporters and Sponsors

The Vaughan Williams Society
The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust
The Chamber Music Foundation
The Fieldrose Trust
Bernard and Marion Hyde
Harry Bingham - Graphic Design
Gloucester Cathedral