Leith Hill Place celebrates as The Lark Ascending is voted nation’s favourite classical tune

PUBLISHED: 12:16 24 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:16 24 April 2014

National Trust chairman Sir Simon Jenkins with Leith Hill Place’s Gabrielle Gale

National Trust chairman Sir Simon Jenkins with Leith Hill Place’s Gabrielle Gale


The childhood home of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, Leith Hill Place, near Dorking, opened to the public for the first time in 40 years last year, winning the National Trust chairman’s Bringing Places to Life Award.

Set to open for a new season with a summer recital series, the property is again celebrating as Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending has been named the nation’s favourite classical tune by a Classic FM poll.

“Ralph Vaughan Williams was one of the greatest English composers and we are delighted about the poll results,” says Gabrielle Gale, visitor operations manager. “Leith Hill Place is high up on a hillside with sweeping views and gives a real sense that it was a landscape that inspired the young composer.”

This year is the 100th anniversary of the composition of The Lark Ascending and this summer Leith Hill Place will have a recital series which includes two concerts featuring this piece played in its original version for violin and piano.

‘’Exactly 100 years after Vaughan Williams composed The Lark Ascending, its poignancy and beauty are as powerful as ever,” says Classic FM presenter John Suchet.

Gifted to the National Trust in 1944 by Ralph Vaughan Williams himself, Leith Hill Place was a Wedgwood family home. Vaughan Williams’ mother was one of the famous pottery family and Charles Darwin was a relation and frequent visitor.

• For more information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/leith-hillevents


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