Letter from John Barbirolli to Ralph Vaughan Williams

Letter No.: 

c/o 8, St Peter's Square,
Manchester, 2.

My dear Ralph

After our Festival Hall Concert to-morrow I am off (with Evelyn) to Scandinavia to give No 8 in Gothenburg on the 21st.1  Also I am giving it its first Zurich perf: May 17th.  We played it last night at the Free Trade to an enormous audience and the greatest enthusiasm.2  I wonder how many Symphonies have become so immediately loved?
Do hope you both keep well.
Am fine now & happy & grateful to be back at work.
Much love to you both.


P.S. Cheltenham Panel have chosen a Symphony by one of my boys, Arthur Butterworth (2nd Trumpet) without any prompting from me; probably wld have had the obverse effect.3 Feel rather pleased.

Enclosed for your amusement

1. Symphony no. 8
2. Free Trade Hall, Manchester
3. Arthur Butterworth (b. 1923): Symphony no.1.

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MS Mus. 1714/1/23, f. 22
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