Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Cuthbert Bates

Letter No.: 
VWL5153
Sept 28 [1946]

The White Gates
Dorking

Dear Bates
Your scheme rather alarms me - it seems to me too grandiose - I should be much inclined to start more modestly & then if the thing was a great success then branch out.
Anyway why 'the English Salzburg' - why drag in Salzburg - can we not stand on our own feet1
Yrs
R Vaughan Williams 


1. Presumably this relates to Bates's proposal to create the Bath Bach Festival, which gave it first performance in 1950.  Bates had formed the Bath Bach Choir in 1946, which gave its first concert in June 1947.

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