Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Cedric Glover

Letter No.: 
17th October, 1951.

The White Gates,

Dear Cedric

I am engaging flutes and oboes for the “St. John” Passion on March 1st. Could you kindly tell me the addresses of the flutes and oboe we had for the “Matthew”,1 especially Eliot, Shifner and the Lady flutist, whose name I forget; but not, I think, Barton or Gilbert. Also could you tell me what is the correct fee for principal and sub-principal apart from obbligati?
As regards your noble invitation to “Wozzeck”, I should be quite happy, indeed happier, in the amphitheatre, as near the front as possible rather than down below. I find I can hear and see much better there, but I daresay you have already made your arrangements and I shall be equally happy (or unhappy) wherever I am.

R Vaughan Williams

(R. Vaughan Williams).

Cedric Glover, Esq.,
Holmbury St. Mary,

1. i.e. Bach's St Matthew Passion, which VW regularly conducted in Dorking.

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1116, f.152

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Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/19, f. 112
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Typewritten, signed.

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