from Vaughan Williams, Ralph, 1872-1958 to anon

Letter No. VWL2418

Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to an unidentified correspondent

Letter No.: VWL2418

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

[early 1930s]

Dear Sir
Thankyou very much for your interesting letter.
I wish I cd answer for certain – I think my Pastoral Symphony has been played in Paris & Berlin and I should say not in Brussels or Rome – but I am really very doubtful. It may interest you to know that I was present in Malines when my mass was sung at the Patronal Festival.1
I quite agree with what you say about the B.B.C. – though things are getting better. It is the young people who ought to get a hearing (we older people can look after our selves) – they have the future in their hands – apparently any young foreigner fresh from a conservatorium can get a hearing at the B.B.C. – but it is still very difficult for the young English composer – But things are getting better
Yours faithfully
R Vaughan Williams

1.  VW had been in Malines in Belgium in1928; see VWL820 and VWL823.