Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Herbert John Sumsion

Letter No.: 
November 10th 1955.

 From R. Vaughan Williams,
10, Hanover Terrace,
Regents Park,
London, N.W.1.

Dear John,

Thank you very much for suggesting doing my new symphony1 in the cathedral, but I am not at all sure about conducting it myself, it is becoming more and more of a strain to me, and I shall be quite happy if you or David2 would like to undertake it, if its not too much for you; or would Meredith3 like to undertake it?  I understand he is becoming a virtuoso conductor.  If4 you would like me to appear as a conductor at all shall I conduct the Lark,5 which I know very well, and which would be no trouble to me; I am glad Grinke6 is going to play it: I admire his playing very much.
Love to Alice

1. Symphony no. 8
2. David Willcocks, organist of Worcester Cathedral and conductor of the City of Birmingham Choir.
3. Meredith Davies, who had succeeded Percy Hull as organist of Hereford Cathedral in 1950. He had been studying conducting at the time of this letter in Italy and in 1956 moved to be Organist of New College Oxford, from 1957 combining that with the post of Associate Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. His subsequent career was largely as a conductor but he became Principal of the Trinity College of Music in 1979.
4. Mistyped as ‘It’ in original.
5. The Lark ascending
6. Frederick Grinke, violinist.


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Mus RP 7120
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