Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Gustav Holst

Letter No.: 
VWL816
[September 1928]

13 Cheyne Walk
(The best address)

Dear Gustav

It is really splendid of them to want to come -  we will see what we can fix up when we get to Dorking where our perfectly appalling address will be
Glorydene
St Paul's Road,
Dorking
!
 ?
  !!

We go to Littlehampton for a week tomorrow & to Dorking on the 29th.
I enjoyed Gloucester v. much & Willy1 was really inspired - I also shared bottles of beer with Elgar but, I fear, rather pained him by saying that in my opinion the Reformation was indirectly responsible for the 3 choirs festival, since if we had kept the celibacy of the clergy we shd not have to have provided for their widows, but only their orphans.
Yrs
RVW

Good luck for Thursday - I wish I cd be there.2
Yrs

RVW


1. William H. Reed, the violinist. The Three Choirs Festival was at Gloucester.
2. Holst was to conduct a performance of Egdon Heath at a Promenade concert on 20th September. See Michael Short, Gustav Holst, the man and his music, p.272

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 158, ff.81-83
General notes: 

Not included in Heirs and Rebels;  mostly  printed in R.V.W.: a biography, p.172.
Further letters sent from 'Glorydene' in October and November 1928.

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
R.V.W.: a biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams, p.172.
Original database number: 
2809xa