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Earth And Sky: Vaughan Williams Choral Premieres

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Earth And Sky: Vaughan Williams Choral Premieres
Earth And Sky: Vaughan Williams Choral Premieres


"Earth and Sky" comprises fourteen choral works written by Ralph Vaughan Williams and a further eight arrangements made by him between 1896 and 1954 very nearly the length of his working career. 21 of the 22 tracks are world premiere recordings and are performed by the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and William Van.

This varied collection includes salon music, folk song settings, hymns and anthems, patriotic songs and finally Gaelic songs in English translation. Vaughan Williams never repeated himself, and the variety on display here is quite astonishing.

The recording was made in February 2018 in St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead. William Vann directs the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and plays the piano for four tracks. Hugh Rowlands accompanies a further 9 tracks on the church's Willis organ.

An earlier release with William Vann as Director of Music, SOMMCD0161 Carols from Chelsea, earned critical press acclaim, Gramophone commenting on the "first-class personnel" and "tension and subtlety in the performances."


  1. Name
  2. Vine, Vine & Eglantine
  3. Winter
  4. Spring
  5. Sound Sleep
  6. The Jolly Ploughboy
  7. Old Folks At Home
  8. A Farmer's Boy
  9. The World It Went Well With Me Then
  10. Tobacco's But An Indian Weed
  11. The New Commonwealth
  12. O Praise The Lord Of Heaven
  13. My Soul Praise The Lord
  14. Little Cloister
  15. A Hymn Of Freedom
  16. England, My England
  17. A Call To The Free Nations
  18. The Airmen's Hymn
  19. Land Of Our Birth
  20. Hymn For St Margaret
  21. Dawn On The Hills
  22. Come Let Us Gather Cockles
  23. Wake And Rise
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