Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Eila Mackenzie

Letter No.: 
September 11th 1954.

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

Dear Mrs Mackenzie,
If you would like to send me some of the tunes I will see if I can do anything with them; and if I succeed, it will be a pleasure, whether they are accepted by the authorities or not. Though the question remains whether unharmonised singing is not the most suitable after all.
I often think with pleasure of my visits to Linlithgow so many years ago.
In case you might like to note it down in your diary, St John Passion at Dorking is on February 19th at 7pm. (St Martin's Church) and the St Matthew, on March 19th, also at 7 pm. (Halls)
We are just off to America for two months lecturing, but if you would like to send the tunes to me, c/o Music department, Cornell University, ithaca, N.Y. U.S.A., I might find some...

[remainder of letter missing]


Location of copy:

General notes: 

Typewritten, signed.
Offered for sale at Sotheby's sale May 2000, lot 267.