Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Adrian Boult

Letter No.: 
March 9 [1944]

From R. Vaughan Williams,
The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Adrian

I shd like to come to Bedford very much - But 10.0 on 22nd is impossible from here - However I could manage 2.30 on 21st - But if this is not quite convenient to you  - you know I shall absolutely trust you & your orchestra.1
I have thanked you for the Sibelius letter - very nice of the old boy & I was much touched.2


1. Boult had written to VW on 6th March: ‘I do not know whether you know that we are doing the D major Symphony  on March 22nd, rehearsing in the morning at 10 or possibly the day before.  I hate to suggest that you should undertake such a journey, but if you care to come and put us right about everything it would be very nice.  If 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 21st, would be an easier time for you we will play it to you then, but if you are not able to come I should be most grateful if you would listen to the broadcast and criticize it in detail afterwards.  You see I have had nothing to do with the Symphony yet, except the preliminary rehearsal and listening to the Prom broadcast [on 24th June 1943].’
2. See VWL1865.

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