The story is told of his long marriage to his increasingly disabled wife Adeline and his affair with the woman who eventually became his second wife, Ursula. The effect of these complicated relationships on his music is demonstrated in performances of orchestral and choral works performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Richard Hickox and by the singers of Schola Cantorum of Oxford.
Among the contributors is the late Ursula Vaughan Williams, widowed for half a century. She tells of their first kiss, in a taxi in 1938, vividly and with relish.
The Lark may continue to ascend, but be prepared for the ashes of Holocaust in his Sixth Symphony and for no Phoenix to rise. The kaleidoscope of space and time in his Tallis Fantasia. The spirit of England in sound in all its vulgarity, spirituality, melancholy, splendour and pageantry. A complex man - a simple message; to listen and, having listened, to know yourself more.