Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Leslie Arthur Boosey

Letter No.: 
October 31 [1940]

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

Dear Sir
I have been appointed to a Committee to recommmend for release from internment musicians "of eminent distinction who have made outstanding contributions to art".
The following names have been sent me - Dr. Hans Heimler musicologist, Winternitz, Max Wolf, opera composer, Otto Huettenbach, Gamba player, Otto Jorysz, W. Jorysz, Otto double bass player & organist - Allan Gray film composer, Manuel Joubert, singer and linguist, Wolfgang Brautschneider, cellist.
Can my Committee, in your opinion recommend any of these names as being distinguished ?  I need hardly say that your letter will be treated as confidential by my committee.
Yours faithfully
R Vaughan Williams


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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1813/2/1/281/6
General notes: 

In the hand of AVW, signed by VW.
On this committee, set up under VW’s chairmanship, to advise the Home Office on the release of interned alien musicians see Hugh Cobbe, ‘Vaughan Williams, Germany and the German tradition’, in Alain Frogley (ed.), Vaughan Williams Studies, Cambridge 1996, pp.93-94.