Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Letter No.: 
November 10th 1952

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

My Dear Bessie

I am so glad that things are progressing with regard to the books.1 I am so sorry I could not listen to the Röntgen quartet,2 but I could not get to London that night.
You ask about the Sinfonia Antarctica.3  I call it that because the music is derived from something I wrote for the film “Scott of the Antarctic”.
Love from


1. VW started a subscription list to buy Robert Trevelyan's library for London University which succeeded in raising about £400.
2. Founded in 1940 by Joachim Röntgen, whose father Julius was a relative of Elizabeth Trevelyan.
3. As VW called this work originally; the spelling was later corrected to Sinfonia Antartica, Catalogue of Works 1952/2.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
RCT 16.192

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/20, f. 37
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Typewritten, signed.

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