BRITSBURGH FESTIVAL - The World War II Hymns of Ralph Vaughan Williams

09/03/2019 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM ET


Britsburgh Festival


  • Free


Trinity Catherdral
328 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
United States of America


September 3rd is the 80th anniversary of Britain's declaration of war on Nazi Germany. Ralph Vaughan Williams, one of the most influential composers of hymns of the 20th century, wrote several hymns to help strengthen the morale of the public as the war progressed. They are seldom sung today, but Trinity Cathedral downtown, part of the Anglican Communion, is providing Pittsburgh with such an opportunity! 


Find out the story behind the hymns, and the role Vaughan Williams played in helping Britons survive almost six years of the war that still shapes the world we live in.


Those attending are welcome to bring coffee/ tea into the cathedral. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Cathedral led by docent William Kaiser.



Explore fascinating British-themed topics with the guidance of experts and enjoy the company and conversation of fellow enthusiasts as a member of the Britsburgh Society. Society members enjoy our Britsburgh Arts Society, the Britsburgh Beer Society, the Britsburgh History Society, the Britsburgh Literary Society and the Britsburgh Tea Society. If you are not already a member, I would like to invite you to consider becoming a Britsburgh Society member. To become a member, visit the Britsburgh membership page.


Members:  During the Britsburgh Festival only, bring your friends to events at the SAME PRICE as members.  Please encourage them to join our membership.


The event is free but donations to Britsburgh to cover festival costs are very welcome.  Thank you.



  • Noon - 1pm Presentation by Dr. Phillip Wainwright

  • 1 - 1.30pm Tour of the Cathedral led by the Cathedral's historian, William Kaiser




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