Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Adrian Boult (BBC)

Letter No.: 
VWL2112
Oct. 18 [1950]

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

Dear Adrian

(1) I want to thank you and your orchestra and the Philharmonic choir for a fine performance of my 5 T. P’s1 - It came through well on the whole though I always feel that the engineers have not yet discovered that horns harps & timps must be modified.
(2) I see you are doing “King Arthur” at the Phil - I do not want to butt in where I am not wanted - but I do feel strongly that to do the music with no dramatic connecting line is worse than useless.  I am sending, in case it is of any use, a summary of the drama (arranged from Dryden by Fanny Farrer though not acknowledged by her) which we did at Dorking -sometimes I started the introduction to various numbers “under” the words.2
Yrs

R Vaughan Williams


1. Five Tudor Portraits (Catalogue of Works 1935/5).
3. Purcell’s King Arthur had been given at Leith Hill Musical Festival in 1948.

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
File 910, VW composer
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Year taken from context.

Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
501018d