Music Upbeat: Progress report

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The Royal Northern College of Music's Pilgrim is going the extra mile. Following the critical acclaim for last year's student production in Manchester of Vaughan Williams's sorely neglected Pilgrim's Progess (authoritatively conducted by Igor Kennaway), the college is making available its own handsomely-packaged 2-CD recording. The results? Well, the composer's widow, Ursula Vaughan Williams, is positively gushing with enthusiasm:'I've just had the most expensive Christmas of my life giving it to all my friends.' Copies only from the RNCM Promotions Dept, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD ( pounds 16.50 incl P&P).