Ralph Vaughan Williams (1812-1958) is arguably the greatest composer Britain had since the days of Purcell. In a long career, he composed music notable for its power, representing the essence of ‘Englishness’. He was educated at Charterhouse School, then Trinity College, Cambridge. He was a pupil of Stanford and Parry at the Royal College of Music, and he studied with Bruch and Ravel. His work included 9 symphonies, 5 operas, film music, ballet and stage music, music for chorus and..