Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Adrian Boult

Letter No.: 
February 9th 1958

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

My dear Adrian,

I want to say, once again, that it was a fine performance of a fine work, played by a fine orchestra under a fine conductor.  I hope Tippet1 was pleased - if he wasn’t, he ought to have been. I hope last night was equally good.  I am very sorry I could not listen, because I had promised to go to Croydon.2
Our love to you both,


1. sic.
2. VW had been to a rehearsal of Michael Tippett’s Second Symphony at the BBC’s studio at Maida Vale (see R.V.W.: a biography, p.388) but seems here to be reassuring Boult following the first performance on 5 February, when the orchestra broke down a short way into the first movement. Boult had turned to the audience, had accepted full responsibility and started again (ex inf. Oliver W. Neighbour who was present). At Croydon VW had been to a performance, conducted by Myers Foggin, of his SATB arrangement of Hadley’s cantata Fen and Flood and his Sea Symphony.  See R.V.W.: a biography.

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
Add MS 60499, f. 208

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Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/22, f. 115
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Typewritten, signed.

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