Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Joyce Hooper

Letter No.: 
VWL2450
July 16 [1952]

The White Gates,
Dorking.

Dear Mrs Hooper

At the meeting of the L.H.M.F.1 next week I am thinking of proposing among other things “Gerontius” - But I want to know first whether you think that the choirs in general and yours in particular would object to singing the words in church.
Yours sincerely

R Vaughan Williams


1. Leith Hill Musical Festival. Hooper was conductor of the Dorking Oriana Choir.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 160, f.80
General notes: 

1952 is suggested because VW seems to have his letter to Hooper of October 1951 (VWL2291), about her choir’s reluctance  to sing what were deemed inappropriate words, very much in mind. In fact Elgar's Dream of Gerontius was not done at Leith Hill Musical Festival until 1957 when it was conducted by William Cole.

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Journal of the RVW Society, no.27 (June, 2003), p.25 (facsimile)
Original database number: 
520716