Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Director of ‘English Dance Players’

Letter No.: 
January 14 [1935]

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

Dear Sir

I was delighted to hear this afternoon over my wireless the performance of English dance tunes by the ‘English Dance Players’.  The performance seemed to be excellent and the arrangements had just that element of liveliness which ought to make these beautiful melodies popular.  We hear so much of dance tunes from every country in the world except England and it seems to me high time that our own people should be made to realize what delightful and inspiriting dance music we can provide for ourselves without having to go to the other ends of the earth for it.  I shall be very much surprised if after this broadcast our English dance tunes do not vie even with jazz in popularity.
yours faithfully

R. Vaughan Williams.


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Sotheby’s (lot 66), 7 December 2001.
1935 is the earliest date it could have been with this writing paper, but it could have been any of the following years down to 1939, after which VW tended, because of paper shortages, to use plain scrap paper for letters.
In the hand of AVW and signed by VW.

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