Walk: Ralph Vaughan Williams & King's Lynn

Wednesday 27 July 2022

2.30pm • £8 (advanced booking only)

2022 marks 150 years since the birth of one of England’s greatest composers.  Vaughan Williams (1872–1958) and King’s Lynn are closely associated.  In 1905 he collected 76 songs from 18 singers in the town and in the North End fisherfolk quarter “reaped a rich harvest”.  Visiting local public houses and family homes this was a formative musical experience for the young composer.  He garnered enough folk songs from fishermen and sailors to inspire three Norfolk Rhapsodies and a Sea Symphony.

Vaughan Williams was a prominent figure at the early King’s Lynn Festivals when his music was played.  In the 1952 Festival he gave a brilliant lecture on East Anglian Folk Song which continued to influence his work in the decades after 1905.

Join Paul Richards on a walk to discover the people and places Vaughan Williams encountered in 1905.

Meet at True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum in North Street.

Public booking opens: Tuesday 3 May
Priority booking for Patrons opens Tuesday 19 April and for Friends on Monday 25 April.

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