Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) practically rewrote the English hymnal and was one of the first composers to venture into the countryside to collect folk songs in order to preserve them for future generations. Despite his traumatic experiences during World War I, he went on to write evocative music of remarkable beauty. His prodigious output throughout a career spanning more than 60 years includes operas, ballets, chamber music, film scores, and nine symphonies.

Jane Ellen passionately shares her eclectic interests via the marvels of the internet from her home in Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in all aspects of music and entertainment history, she strives to bring her subjects to life while seeking to make a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as a scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.