Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Arthur Benjamin

Letter No.: 
VWL2683
13th May, 1953

The White Gates,
Dorking,
Surrey.

Dear Arthur

I listened with extraordinary interest to the broadcast of your Opera. It will be a scandal if it is not now put on the stage.1
I am glad to see that Ernest Newman gave it a good notice in the “Sunday Times”.2
Good luck to it.
Yrs
RVW

(R. Vaughan Williams).

Arthur Benjamin, Esq.


1. A tale of two cities (see VWL2354) had received three broadcast performances on the BBC Third Programme, the first on 17th April. It eventually received a stage production by the New Opera Company at Sadlers Wells in July 1957 - see VWL3360 and R.V.W.: a biography, p.382.

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530513a