Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Katharine Thomson

Letter No.: 
VWL2184
31st May, 1947.

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

Dear Mrs. Thomson,

I do not quite know what to say about a work of mine.  I think good amateurs could do ‘Riders to the Sea’, but it requires an expert orchestra.  On the other hand, my ‘Shepherds’ has been done in a very moving manner by school boys with a partly amateur orchestra.  I do not see much point in scenes from ‘Sir John’.
I suppose you would not like a real low-down comic opera, ‘The Poisoned Kiss’; all these are published by the Oxford University Press.
Yrs sincerely

R. Vaughan Williams

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
Add. MS 71536, f. 10
General notes: 

Katharine Thomson was Musical Director of the Clarion Singers in Birmingham. 
Typewritten, signed.

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Cobbe 477
Original database number: 
470531