Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Michael Kennedy

Letter No.: 
VWL2463
27th August, 1952.

The White Gates,
Dorking, Surrey.

Dear Michael

Thank you so much for the photograph of Down Ampney Church.  It is a lovely little church, is it not?
I agree with you about Holst’s carol.  It is very beautiful.  I wish you could persuade Barbirolli to do more of him.  I think his finest work – at all events his finest choral work - is the “Ode to Death”, which is not very often done.1
Down Ampney Vicarage is not the big house near the Church, which is the Manor house.  The Vicarage is a rather ugly early Victorian Gothic building in the village.
Much love to Eslyn
Yrs
RVW2
(R. Vaughan Williams).

Michael Kennedy, Esq.,
3, Moorwood Drive,
The Avenue,  Sale.


1. The carol was This I have done for my true love (H128). The Ode to death (H144), a setting of words by Walt Whitman, was written in 1919.
2.  Signed and opening and final greeting added by VW in manuscript.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 159, f.10
General notes: 

Typewritten. This letter printed in part in Kennedy, Works of Vaughan Williams, p.382.

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Kennedy, Works of Vaughan Williams, p.382
Original database number: 
520827