Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Grace Williams

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VWL3873
December 1932

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,
Dorking.

My Darling Grace
What a lovely handkerchief - but you shdnt have given me such a handsome present. Your love on a card is all I want - nevertheless I love having it & thankyou 1000 times. There is a lot I want to know about you - how you are, & whether  you have enough jobs to keep you going & how the trumpet piece1 is getting on & when I am to see the opera.2
- You must come & tell me all this when you come back to London.
- I was down in your country on Monday conducting a choir of unemployed miners at Cwmaman - wonderful singing - I wish I cd  have spared time to come & see you3
Love from Uncle Ralph


1. Movement (Concerto-Fantasia) for trumpet and chamber orchestra
2. Hen Walia was originally conceived as the overture to a folk opera, which was never realised.
3. VW conducted Toward the Unknown Region in a concert given by the Cwmaman Choral Society at the Cwmaman Institute on Boxing Day, 1932. See VWL994 and VWL1027. Williams' home town was Barry in south Wales.

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