Vaughan Williams’ Folk

Celebrating folk music collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams across East Anglia. Vaughan Williams’ Folk is a National Lottery Heritage Fund project run by EATMT from October 2022 – Autumn 2023. This project has been co-ordinated by Nicky Stockman, Freelance Music Educator, Heritage Project leader and musician and managed by Alex Bartholomew, part time EATMT Director/Administrator.

This project was completed and reported back to the National Lottery Heritage Fund in December 2023. It has developed `beyond our hopes and expectations and so we will be continuing to work on these webpages into the early part of 2024 and envisage it to be added to in the future as more contributions are made to this initial body of work.

We have presented our project to the EFDSS Folk Educator Network Group, to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and have an article appearing in the Spring 2024 edition of Vaughan Williams’ Society’s Journal.

Evaluation Report – read our report BELOW:

Vaughan Williams’ Folk – An Introduction

Bushes & Briars was the first official folksong collected and notated down by Ralph Vaughan Williams in December 1903, in Ingrave, Essex. Mr Charles Potiphar was the singer. Dr Vaughan Williams went on to collect over 800 folksongs – almost half of which were collected in the Eastern Counties of Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. What better reason to celebrate the singers and the songs from this region…READ MORE

Vaughan Williams’ Folk – Researchers & Manuscripts

Essex Manuscript

Find performance ready manuscripts from Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk & Suffolk with details about local researchers and their publications

Vaughan Williams’ Folk – Talks

Click on the individual images below to take you to each organised talk – many illustrated musically – during the length of the Vaughan Williams’ Folk Project – 2022-2023

Letters From King’s Lynn
August 2022, FolkEast
Project Launch, October 2022

Vaughan Williams’ Folk Youth Mentorship Programme

EATMT have been delighted to work with musicians Finn Collinson and Emma Beach (members of the Finn Collinson Band as well as young leaders for FolkEast’s Youth Moot) who were musical mentors working with 9 young musicians (aged 16-25 years) between November 2022 and September 2023.

Follow the exciting and rewarding journey of this very special group of young musicians.

Vaughan Williams’ Folk Podcasts

Jake Lee Savage

Jake Lee Savage adds to the EATMT’s Big Sky Traditions Podcasting platform with a series of Podcasts covering the various strands in the National Lottery Heritage Funded project.

Vaughan Williams’ Folk Film

Film At John Peel Centre

In addition to Podcasts, Jake Lee Savage has also produced some great film footage of various events that ran as part of the Vaughan Williams’ Folk project. The above link takes you to the 14 films officially made to document the project’s progress. There are also additional films – made by Jake and others that have links within the Resources section of these project pages.

Schools & Community Workshops – Vaughan Williams’ Folk

Tutor Janet Koralambe

More than 2500 school pupils and adult community choirs across East Anglia were involved in this strand of the project being taught different songs and tunes by some wonderful, musical educators. Find out more about who and where this project reached. There are several individual films that were made in this section of the work as well as a final Schools and Community Film that you can access from these pages.

Vaughan Williams’ Folk Schools Resources

Resource Card

Download our resource cards from our work in schools and communities

We are in the process of uploading all of the resources that we have found in the running of this National Lottery Heritage Funded project, sharing and disseminating as much as we can, free of charge either in a digital format or physical. You will be able to access all of the school and communities’ resources from this section of the Vaughan Williams’ Folk page. We will be continuing to update the Manuscript pages in the early part of 2024.

For further information please contact Alex Bartholomew at EATMT