Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Eric Crozier

Letter No.: 
26th July, 1950.

The White Gates,
Dorking, Surrey.

Dear Mr. Crozier,
Thank you very much for returning my libretto so promptly and for your interesting comments on it.
There was a talk, about a year ago, of doing the Opera in Liverpool Cathedral, but I insisted that the first performance must be a stage one - after that they could do what they liked.1
I think it is finally settled now that it will be done in Covent Gardens2 next year.
As regards a performance in Liverpool Cathedral, I think a lot of it wants re-writing would want re-writing for that purpose because, with the larger space all the more processional parts will take much longer and want much more music, so I do not quite know what is to happen about it.
Yours sincerely,
R Vaughan Williams

(R. Vaughan Williams).

Eric Crozier, Esq.,
Flat 3,
132, Cromwell Road, S.W.7.

1. There had been a proposal to perform Pilgrim's Progress at Liverpool Cathedral.
2. sic.


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