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28 March 2016, 20:58
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
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
So we asked some big-name fans of the piece why they liked this British classic so much…
And enjoys spotting the bird that inspired Vaughan Williams to write the piece…
Those sheep look none too impressed, though.
We asked violinist Tasmin Little to tell us what it felt like to play that famous violin entry.
Played by the inimitable Nicola Benedetti.
The Lark Ascending
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