Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Keith Douglas

Letter No.: 
VWL4720
August 23 [1936]

From R. Vaughan Williams,
The White Gates,
Westcott Road,
Dorking.

Dear Mr Keith Douglas
I think I could do you a short coronation piece if the Society1 could give me (1) a large chorus (2) 6 or 8 trumpets (3) 2 Tubas in addition to the ordinary bass Tuba (4) Full orchestra including 2 harps pianoforte, organ & several percussion players. But I expect the Society will not see the fun of this.
Also it must come in the programme before Heldenleben & not after.
Yrs sincerely
R Vaughan Williams


1. Keith Douglas was Secretary of the Royal Philharmonic Society. The work was presumably commissioned for a concert to mark the Coronation presumably of Edward VIII, but following his abdication in December 1936, to mark the Coronation of George VI. The concert was at the Queen's Hall on April 1st, 1937.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS RPS 369, f. 262
General notes: 

Year estimated from reference to Coronation. In the hand of AVW, signed by VW.

Format: 
Letter