Vaughan Williams, Ralph (1872-1958). English composer, teacher and conductor, pupil of Stanford and (briefly) Ravel. The foremost British composer of his generation, he created a specifically English musical discourse, often visionary, influenced by his native folksong and the revival of 16th-century English music.
Walton, Sir William (1902-83). English composer. Like Bliss, began as an enfant terrible - one of his most successful works, Façade, was composed at this time - followed by a late flowering of Romanticism, strengthened by some modernist traits.
Warwick-Evans, Charles. See London String Quartet.
Webern, Anton von (1883-1945). Austrian composer and conductor, pupil of Schoenberg. Like Berg, pursued his own highly distinctive interpretation of Schoenberg's developing style.
Westrup, Sir Jack (1904-75). English writer, scholar and music administrator. Assistant music critic of the Daily Telegraph, 1934-40. Professor of Music, Birmingham University, 1944-46. Professor of Music, Oxford University, 1947-71 and editor of Music and Letters from 1959.
Wood, Haydn (1882-1959). English violinist and composer, pupil of Stanford, renowned for his popular sentimental ballads.
Wood, Sir Henry (1869-1944). English conductor. In association with Robert Newman, founded the Queen's Hall Promenade Concerts, conducting them from 1895-1944. He consistently performed the music of his young British contemporaries and had the distinction of conducting the world première of Schoenberg's Five Orchestral Pieces in 1912.