Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Denys Kilham Roberts

Letter No.: 
April 29 [1945]

The White Gates,

Dear Mr Kilham Roberts

I really think you must let me off. I had no idea when I had the honour to be chosen President of the Composers Guild that any ornamental functions would be expected of me - indeed I think that I stipulated, as I usually do, that nothing of this kind should be expected of me.
I am already, rather against my will, attending a meeting of the Composers Guild and making a “short speech” & I really think that is all that could be expected of me.
I am no good at these ornamental functions & if the Ctee wish willing will willingly resign in favour of some more ornamental figure who would be an ornament to the occasion.  I suggest Sir Granville Bantock.
Yrs sincerely

R. Vaughan Williams

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Add MS 71700 ff.63-64
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1945 was the year of the Composer's Guild Foundation; for other letters to Denys Kilham Roberts, who was Secretary General of the Society of Authors, see VWL1876, VWL1881, VWL1885.

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