The Lark Ascending tops the Hall of Fame 2016 – here's why we love it

Ralph Vaughan Williams's British classic has reached the Number 1 spot in the 2016 Classic FM Hall of Fame – the seventh time it's topped the chart. We asked some familiar names from the music world what this music means to them

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Vaughan Williams reaches Number 1

The composer's much-loved piece for orchestra and solo violin has taken the top position for the third year running – and for the sixth time in the chart's history. The work is the highest of the composer's seven Classic FM Hall of Fame entries, including Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis at Number 3.

Here's the moment John Suchet announced the 2016 Classic FM Hall of Fame Number 1

John Suchet reveals the Hall of Fame 2016 No.1

At the very top of the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2016 is… Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending. And here's the moment John Suchet revealed this year's No.1 live on air

Posted by Classic FM on Monday, 28 March 2016

 

 

So we asked some big-name fans of the piece why they liked this British classic so much…

Alan Titchmarsh is a fan

And enjoys spotting the bird that inspired Vaughan Williams to write the piece…

 

For Alex James it sums up the countryside

Those sheep look none too impressed, though.

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Alex James

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But what's it like to perform?

We asked violinist Tasmin Little to tell us what it felt like to play that famous violin entry.

 


And here it is in all its glory

Played by the inimitable Nicola Benedetti.

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The Lark Ascending

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