Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Julian Herbage

Letter No.: 
November 18 [1934]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Mr Herbage

Many thanks for your letter.
Please note that the name of the first Milford piece is “Prelude on ‘St Columba’” (not “Pipe Tune”) This was my error.1
I fully understood from Mr Buesst that a chorus would be available and for that reason I proposed my “Five Mystical Songs”.2  If a chorus is not available I will propose something else for orchestra only.
I have had various and widely-differing accounts of the composition of the orchestra and I should like to know definitely how many strings there will be and whether a harp and tuba are available - Both these are wanted for the Grace Williams’ Overture and Mr Buesst told me that I could “probably” have them.  I should like to know exactly how much time I shall be allowed for rehearsal - I have only had vague answers as to this - Miss Williams tells me that she has not got the score of her Overture so I presume it is still with you and I should be glad to have it to study.
I return home tomorrow (Monday) and my address will be as above.3
Yours sincerely

R Vaughan Williams

1. See VWL1327, VW's letter to Aylmer Buesst at the BBC on the same subject.  The final programme is listed in VWL1344.
2. Catalogue of Works 1911/2.
3. The VW’s had been staying at the Eversleigh Court Hotel in London since 6th November.


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File 910, VW artist
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In the hand of AVW signed by VW.

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