Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Brian Trowell

Letter No.: 
March 1st 1956.

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

Dear Both of you,
It is a bitter disappointment, but I fear the doctor forbids even next Saturday.  I am so glad we came to that rehearsal because I knew when I saw it that all would go well, and my prophecy has been justified by many of my friends who have been delighted with the singing, the playing and the production.  One said that she heard every word, another that the story came out extraordinarily clearly; a third, that the audience took all the amusing points with gusto.  The playing of the orchestra was also praised.  For all these things I thank you both, and all your fellow participators please give them all my love and gratitude, and keep a large portion for yourselves.
Yrs sincerely
R. Vaughan Williams1

1.  Signed by VW.

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
Music Deposit 2017/20
General notes: 

Addressed to: Brian Trowell Esq, Leon Lovett Esq, Cambridge University Opera Group, Arts Theatre, Cambridge.
Preserved with a vocal score of Sir John in Love in which is the following annotation by Brian Trowell: "This was the vocal score used by me for the amateur revival of 1956 and the New Opera Co. professional revival of 1958 at Sadler's Wells Theatre.  (In 1956 the Cambridge University Opera Group staged it at the Arts Theatre, Cambridge).  The letters opposite expressed Ralph Vaughan Williams' thanks & his great regret that illness prevented him from attending the Dress Rehearsal and first night.  The MS & typing are, I think, of Mrs Ursula Vaughan Williams.  He had attended some earlier rehearsals (even coming to Cambridge in mid winter).  Brian Trowell.  (RVW was happily able to attend rehearsals and performances in London in 1958.)"