Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to William McKie

Letter No.: 
VWL2558
24th December, 1952.

The White Gates,
Dorking,
Surrey.

Dear McKie

About the arrangement of the “Old Hundredth”, I think you are right that it is too elaborate.  Besides if the congregation are going to start singing Verse 4 after the choir will sing alone, we shall have to give them a good start.1
I think the Archbishop is liturgically wrong not to have an “Amen” after the Doxology, but of course he must have his way.2
Yrs

R Vaughan Williams

Dr. Wm. McKie,
33, Greycoat Gardens,
London,  S.W.1.


1. This concerns music for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. See VWL2555.
2. Geoffrey Fisher was Archbishop of Canterbury at this time.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/20, f. 205

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
WAM KMC/02/05A/005
General notes: 

Typewritten, signed.

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Cobbe 596
Original database number: 
521224b