English Folk Song Suite
Ralph Vaughan Williams

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Vaughan Williams has 8 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame — the same number as Brahms — and this is the fourth. This has appeared in 19 of the 20 charts and peaked at number 76 in 2008.

Vaughan Williams was a proudly British composer. He adored his homeland, having been born in the idyllic Gloucestershire village of Downampney. Alongside his fondness for native landscapes, Vaughan Williams was also rather sentimental about Britain's musical history. The existence of military bands was something he recognised as being crucially important to the UK's cultural and community life. So, in 1923, he composed his English Folk Songs Suite for them.