Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Humphrey Proctor-Gregg

Letter No.: 
VWL560
[About 19 July 1924]

13 Cheyne Walk
S.W.3

Dear Proctor-Gregg1

I feel that I have never thanked you enough - you know, however, that I am grateful to you.
I think the way you managed to make an artistic whole of the work with absolutely no assistance from the authors.2
Yrs ever

R. Vaughan Williams


1. Head of the Opera Department at the Royal College of Music, and stage manager and designer of their first productions of The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains and Hugh the Drover, and producer of Sir John in Love.
2. sic.

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Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/6, f.184
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Date shortly after the performances of Hugh the Drover in July.
This letter was given to Charterhouse School by Ian Wallace with a note: 'I'm pretty sure that the enclosed was written in the days before the first night of 'Hugh the Drover' at the Royal College of Music in l924, where Proctor Gregg directed the opera department.  That was the first public performance ever of the opera.  Ursula could obviously be more precise and I am sending her a photo copy at her request to go in the archives. I was sent it by a friend of Proctor-Gregg.  It might be appropriate for it to be displayed somehow in Music School and I am delighted Charterhouse should have it.' See also VWL566.

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Letter
Original database number: 
240719