The National Trust are opening it to the public for the first time in 40 years.
The National Trust opens the doors of Leith Hill Place, Surrey,
the childhood home of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.
The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society www.rvwsociety.com has been working with the National Trust’s Visitor Operations Manager in helping to provide materials and recordings for use. A sound-scape – ‘the Life and Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ – is a guided sound installation in the attics, with the voice talents of Brian Kay and Virginia McKenna, open by timed ticket. Publicity Officer for the Vaughan Williams Society, Karen Fletcher, said “It will be wonderful to discover all the important family connections concerning Ralph’s celebrated relations as well as seeing the attic rooms which were his nursery and where he had his first music lessons, as well as hearing about those members of the staff who were first influential in his life, including his passionately radical nurse. This is also a beautiful area for walking or a picnic and the view from the house itself is superb.”