Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Johannesburg City Orchestra

Letter No.: 
18th November 1948

The White Gates, 

Dear Sirs

I understand that Mr. Geoffrey Corbett has applied for the post of Conductor of the Johannesburg City Orchestra.1
I have known Mr. Corbett for many years. He is a first-rate musician and conductor and has considerable experience both of orchestral and operatic work. He has a temperament which makes his relationships with those he conducts cordial and friendly. I feel sure that you cannot make a better choice.

I may add that Mrs. Corbett (Jane Vowles)2 is a fine contralto soprano singer with considerable operatic experience.

Yours faithfully,

Ralph Vaughan Williams

1. It is not clear whether Corbett was offered the post.
2. Jane Vowles was a soprano and married to the conductor Geoffrey Corbett. 'Contralto' has been scored though and 'soprano' added in the margin in VW's hand.


General notes: 

Typewritten, signed.
Retrieved online from a sale at Chiswick Auctions, October 2019, and then offered for sale on ebay by Dan Moss.