Vaughan Williams remained fascinated by the Anglican hymn tradition throughout his life, and would of course need to try his hand at the genre. A warning to potential listeners who otherwise like Vaughan Williams: for the most part these works are hymns, and if you - like me - don't have any particular interest in conservatively solemn devotional choral music there will certainly be works on this disc that you may experience some problems really enjoying (it is a bit interesting, however, to see how Vaughan Williams, an atheist-leaning agnostic addressed this particular challenge). I doubt, for instance, that the Te Deum, the Festival Te Deum, or For All the Saints really has much but specialist appeal - at least if you, like me, fail to be particularly receptive to the texts. Even the Three Choral Hymns, though they certainly have more than merely functional value, may be a little too much for some listeners.
On the other hand Valiant-for-Truth and O Taste and See are deservedly popular works (and clearly goes beyond the traditional, austere hymn style), and the innocently melodic We've been awhile (Children's Christmas Song) and Wither's Rocking Hymn are deeply touching, beautiful works. Yes, We've been awhile is in most respects a standard Christmas Hymn, but the melody is beautiful and if you can enjoy this kind of music you will certainly like this particular example.
The Choir of Worcester Cathedral under Christopher Robinson sings beautifully throughout, but their efforts are severely compromised by the acoustics of the venue (the booklet notes contain the texts but no information about composer, performers or where this disc was recorded - though it may be because what I have seems to be a reissue of the original recording), and the sound is really woolly, flat and distant, which is a shame. In any case, however, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the music here is of mostly specialist interest - if you think this might be your kind of thing, then please go ahead and investigate the music (though given the sound quality one suspects that it may be better served elsewhere). We also get, for no discernible reason, a performance of the Sanctus movement from the composer's Communion Service in g minor performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey under Douglas Guest, but I doubt that the bizarre inclusion of this one will be a deciding factor for anyone.