The Lark Ascending
The Lark Ascending is the nation’s favourite piece of music, according to Classic FM’s Hall of Fame 2010.
Inspired by George Meredith’s poem of the same name, the violin’s soaring lines and fluttering trills represent the song of the lark, whilst the orchestral accompaniment provides the backdrop against which the lark flies.
The Pilgrim's Progress
The Pilgrim’s Progress was an opera which Vaughan Williams spent over forty years of his life perfecting: he composed some of the incidental music for an amateur production in 1906, including the hymn-tune, 'York', but the first performance was not given until April 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, opening and closing with that same tune.