Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Cyril Clarke

Letter No.: 
January 10th 1954.

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

 Dear Mr Clarke,
As regards my Housman songs for voice and violin, the singer I should have preferred would be Nancy Evans. I have heard Joan Stuart, and thought her good, but I wonder if she is not rather operatic. The singer of these songs must, among other things, have a sense of humour and beautiful diction: In some of the songs almost like a diseuse. I presume that whoever sings them will go through the songs with me before recording. I should be glad to know who you are choosing for the violinist.1

Yours sincerely,
R Vaughan Williams

1. Cyril Clarke worked for Argo Records, which had proposed a recording of VW's Housman songs, Along the field. See VWL2739.


Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
Add MS 57486, f. 63
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 Typewritten, signed.