Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Sir Henry Wood

Letter No.: 
VWL1867
Feb 25 [1944]

The White Gates
Dorking

Dear Wood

You will hate me for worrying you - but I have just heard that another ex-pupil Elizabeth Maconchy has sent in a work for the Proms “Puck Fair”. I do not know the work, but from what I do know of her I think it ought to be worth consideration.
Could you find time to glance at it & see if it is likely to suit you?
Do not answer this please
Yrs sincerely

R Vaughan Williams


1. A ballet written in 1940 but performed at the Promenade Concerts by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Adrian Boult on 13 August 1944. See VWL1866 and VWL1926. There is a note on the letter in HW’s hand: “Already seen & included”.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
Add MS 56422, f. 148
General notes: 

Year added in pencil as 1941, but 1944 seems more probable; see footnote.

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Cobbe 426
Original database number: 
440225