Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Iris Lemare

Letter No.: 
March 25 [1939]

From R. Vaughan Williams,
The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Iris

‘Windsor Forest’ takes about 25 minutes so I think we ought to allow 50 for rehearsal - but I will no be longer than I can help.1
The orchestra was 1st rate on Thursday.2

Uncle Ralph

1. In the hand of AVW to this point, then in the hand of VW.
2. Lemare's note: “This was a very special concert in my life. It would have made a great difference to me  - had the war not happened 6 months later. It is also precious as it was a “shared” concert with Ralph. I had done all the “donkey work” at the Lewes Festival, preparing the orchestra there for years. This concert the cttee decided to forego a soloist and instead get a first class professional orchestra and give me the chance to conduct it."  “It was more or less the “London Phil” ... Ralph conducted “Windsor Forest” and I did the rest [Overture - concerto - de Falla “El Amor Brujo”]. In the train going back on my own the leader - David Macallum - found me - and gave me a terrific boost and said he would see the manager about a concert with them. Of course it never happened! - but this was 1939 and could have boosted woman conductors”.

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MS Mus. 288, f.19
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