Vaughan Williams was born in 1872, in the Cotswold town of Down Ampney, and he gave its name to the well-known tune, which he wrote, to ‘Come Down O Love Divine’.
Whilst he is probably better-known for his orchestral works and the support he gave to local music societies etc, he did a lot of British singing. He was musical editor of the Church Hymnal and helped edit the Oxford Book of Carols.
He was much affected by his war-time experience in Flanders, and the death of his close friend George Butterworth (of ‘Banks of Green Willow’ fame). He would have been honoured with many awards, but he refused most of them, except the Order of Merit. He died in 1958, at this time of the year, and his remains are in Westminster Abbey, close to Henry Purcell.
Probably his most famous work……