Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Elizabeth Maconchy

Letter No.: 
VWL1049
[about 13 March 1933]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,
Dorking.

My Darling Betty

What lovely news & how sweet of you to telephone. – I heard all about it in London from Gibbs.  Of course you ought to have been 1st  – because yours must be better than all the others.  But still even as it is it is a sign of grace in the adjudicators.1
Much Love from

Uncle Ralph


1.  Elizabeth Maconchy had been awarded third prize in the Daily Telegraph chamber music competition for her Oboe Quintet of 1932.  The first prize had been awarded to Edric Cundell and second prize to Armstong Gibbs (ex inf JD).

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Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Cobbe 226
Original database number: 
330313