Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Philip Catelinet

Letter No.: 
[18 January 1955]


I think you ought to be there… and as you probably have less free time than me, will you suggest some dates and times which I will then forward to Colonel Jakeway.1 ... We saw you at Maida Vale2 the other day, but as we had to leave before the end of the rehearsal could not have the pleasure of speaking to you. We listened to the Tuba Concerto and thought it a fine performance.3 
Thank you very much.


1. VW had received an invitation from the Salvation Army to hear his Prelude on Three Welsh Hymns, arranged for brass band by Catelinet, played through by their International Staff Band. Jakeway was Head of the International Music Editorial Department of the Salvation Army.
2. i.e. at the BBC studios
3. The first broadcast of the concerto, by the B.B.C. Northern Orchestra, 5th January 1955. 

General notes: 

Extract from a letter quoted in “The Truth About the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto” by Philip Catelinet, International Tuba Euphonium Association Journal, Volume 14 Number 2 (November 1986).