Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Alan Frank (OUP)

Letter No.: 
Jan. 15th 1953

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

Dear Frank,1

You may remember that I wrote a piece - “Prelude on an Old Carol Tune” for the Bristol BBC, and you kindly allowed them to copy the parts & perform it, without fee to you.2
Now, the Kings Lynn Festival want to do something new of mine, & I have suggested first public performance of this work. They have agreed - now how does the matter stand? Shall I tell Kings Lynn to borrow the score & parts from Bristol, or what shall be done. Perhaps you could advise me.3

R. Vaughan Williams

1. Music Editor in succession to Norman Peterkin (1947); Head of Music from 1954 until his retirement in 1975.
2. See VWL2527 (especially note 2) and VWL2528 on this work (Catalogue of Works 1952/5).
3. The first public performance was indeed given at the King’s Lynn Festival on 31st July 1953 by the Boyd Neel Orchestra conducted by VW.


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File 119x
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In the hand of UW signed by VW.

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