Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Maud Karpeles

Letter No.: 
[late 1920s]

13 Cheyne Walk

Dear Maud
I'm so sorry to worry you - but Foster1 is rather upset & feels he has been badly treated over his Suite - & if he has got his facts correct I think he has some cause. 
He understands that you definitely asked him to write a piece for June 7th (at Bath) & when he got home he got to work with great enthusiasm to do so - He then apparently wrote to Joan Sharp about it & was told by her that "there would not be room for it"-  when Foster wrote to point out that he had been definitely asked to write it - he received what was I should judge a rather curt reply from Joan admitting it into the programme but saying he must make all the arrangements himself of getting together the orchestra & that "the society could be put to no expense"
if this is true it is hardly the way to deal with a free gift from an accomplished musicians. I hope some satisfactory explanation is forthcoming. Foster does not know I am writing this - & accepts it as in the day's work - his chief difficulty being at present that no one can come to rehearsal & that he cannot get a double bass - don't you think we cd afford him a pro double bass?

1. Arnold Foster. Possibly this relates to his Suite for Strings on English Folk Airs.


Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus, 1714/2/3/1, ff. 73-77
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Date from context in file.