Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to William Williams

Letter No.: 
Jan 24th 1929

13 Cheyne Walk

Dear Sir
I consider that your daughter Grace has a decided talent for composition which can only be brought to fruition by further study. So I hope very much that she will be able to continue her studies. Personally I should be very sorry to lose her as a pupil as she is most intelligent and hard working.
She is also I understand doing extremely well in the school where she teaches. Dr Buck who examines there spoke to me lately in high praise of her work.1
I think it is most important while she is still so young that she should have the mental stability of belonging to an institution like the royal college and not become too much immersed in her teaching work, which as you know is likely to narrow the mind
Yrs faithfully
R Vaughan Williams

P.S. We must try to arrange for Grace to come back at 1/2 term.

1. Percy Buck, Professor of MusicĀ at the University of London and teacher at the Royal College of Music. From 1927 to 1936, he was music adviser to the London County Council.


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Addressed to the father of the composer Grace Williams.