Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Gustav Holst

Letter No.: 
VWL745
[?1929]

Eversleigh Court
105/109 Cromwell Road
South Kensington.

Dear Gustav

This is splendid news.  I shall think of you at S.P.G.S.1 on Wed.
I wish you could have been there on Sunday and on Wed: Its been one of the joys of my life rehearsing with that orchestra: their wonderful responsiveness & flexibility (when you say “pp please” they play pp - shades of the L.S.O.!)2 & they know what you want before you know it yourself.
I had 3 rehearsals and really didn't know what to do with them.  The 1st one (thank heaven) was only supposed to be two hours, but I gave out 1/2 hr before time & the final one nearly an hour before time.  I told them I wished I could have kept them at it merely for the pleasure of hearing them play.  As a matter of fact the 1st movement of the P.S.3 did not seem to me to go as well as sometimes - entirely my fault because I could not get going myself & exaggerated, I think, a bit to make up for it.  My greatest triumph was when Robert Murchie said `We’ve had a very enjoyable evening’!  We trotted out the old “4 Hymns”4  once again - I quite liked them.
Dorothy5 sang them extremely well though a little nervous.
Goodbye and Welcome home
We are here till Friday or Sat
Yrs RVW


1. St Paul's Girls' School, where Holst taught music.   
2. London Symphony Orchestra
3. Pastoral Symphony
4. Presumably Four Hymns for tenor, viola obbligato and piano (or string orchestra), Catalogue of Works 1914/2, sung here by a soprano.
5. Dorothy Silk

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 158, ff.84-88
General notes: 

Dated ?1928 in Heirs and Rebels but more likely to be 1929 (or later) following Holst's return from abroad or from America. VW was not fully settled in the country and using the Eversleigh Court Hotel as a regular London place to stay until then (the earliest letter from the hotel otherwise is 1930).

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Heirs and Rebels, Letter XXIX
Original database number: 
29xxxb