Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Dr Mary Grierson

Letter No.: 
VWL3048
Feb 28 [1952]

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

Dear Dr Grierson

I have received, with many thanks, your masterly book.1 I admire especially the way you have tackled the difficult places, without hiding anything but without saying anything that might give unnecessary pain. We have now got the "Sea Symphony" episode right - but did I really write "tympani"?!2
Your few friends will doubtless have pointed out one or two slight errors, p.242 Mona Benson was surely RCM not R.A.M.3 p.15 the Mendelssohn Scholarship is nominally open to all British subjects below a specified age - These can easily be corrected in later editions, of which I feel sure there will be many
Yrs sincerely
R Vaughan Williams


1. Donald Francis Tovey: a biography based on letters (Oxford University Press, 1952).
2. See VWL3050 and VWL3049.
3. Royal College of Music not Royal Academy of Music

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
Tovey Collection, L2555
Format: 
Letter