Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Boris Ord

Letter No.: 
Sept 23d [1937]

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

Dear Ord
Many thanks for the score.1
I am sorry if there was any misunderstanding about the 1st performance. But while it was sub judice as regards you the RCM2 decided to do it. I told Mrs Prior at once - and even then if you had stuck to your original suggestion of November you wd have had first look in
Yrs sincerely
R Vaughan Williams

P.S. Of course the RCM is technically a private performance - but I suppose the press will be invited. RVW.

1. Of VW's Riders to the Sea, which VW had asked Ord to return (see VWL4446). Ord was planning a what he had thought would be the first public performances of the opera in Cambridge in March 1938. In fact the first performance took place at the Royal College of Music on December 1st 1937.
2. Royal College of Music

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
University Archives, SOC.XV.9.8
General notes: 

Year from context; see VWL4446. 'Mrs Prior' (or Pryor) has not been identified.