Letter from Alan Bush to Ralph Vaughan Williams

Letter No.: 
VWL3764
November 5th, 1955.

Dr R. Vaughan Williams, O.M.,
10, Hanover Terrace,
Regents Park, N.W.1.

Dear Vaughan Williams,

The Composers Concourse has been approached by Dr Roger Fiske of the Talks Department, B.B.C., to ask whether the Concourse would be agreeable for him to bring a recording machine to Carlos Place on the occasion of your Talk on November 17th, to record your talk and the subsequent discussion.  This was1 then be sent out as a broadcast.

Our Committee is very willing that this should be done, though we have requested that the name of the Concourse should be announced in connection with the broadcast (a courtesy which we did not enjoy on a previous occasion, when a talk by one of our speakers was subsequently broadcast).

But I hasten to add that the Concourse has no desire whatever to attempt to persuade you into allowing this to be done, if you have for any reason at all any objection.  Dr Fiske will be writing to you shortly.  Please reply to him entirely as you feel inclined, without any regard to the Concourse at all.

I am very glad to say that I shall be conducting your 5th Symphony next month in Bucharest.  It will be most interesting to see how the Rumanian public takes to this Symphony, and the other English works (Purcell, Elgar and my own) which I shall be including in my programmes.

Please do not bother to reply to this letter.

I remain,
Yours very sincerely,


1.  sic.

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