Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to John Barbirolli

Letter No.: 
March 26th 1956.

From R. Vaughan Williams,
10, Hanover Terrace,
Regents Park,
London, N.W.1.

Dear John,

It was good of you to telegraph.  I can’t express how I appreciate your kindness in allowing me to try my ’prentice hand on your famous orchestra and choir.  They were all splendid and saw me through to what I believe was victory, - though I nearly died at the end of it.  Bardgett was splendid.1
We are looking forward to May.2
Love to Evelyn, who was angelic to us, and to you, from us both.

1.  Herbert Bardgett had prepared the Hallé chorus for the performance of the St Matthew Passion which VW conducted in Manchester on 18 March.  See VWL3311, R.V.W.: a biography, pp.369-370 and Works of Vaughan Williams, p.334.
2.  The premier of the Eighth symphony was to be on 2 May in Manchester.

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