Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Gustav Holst

Letter No.: 
[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
St Paul's Road,

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.

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


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

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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.

R.V.W.: a biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams, p.172.
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