from Vaughan Williams, Ralph, 1872-1958 to Gibbs, Cecil Armstrong, 1889-1960
Letter No. VWL1913
Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Cecil Armstrong Gibbs
Letter No.: VWL1913
The White Gates,
May 14 
I was hoping up to the last minute to hear you do my tune1 – but we had a concert in Dorking that afternoon. I arrived home just not in time – a great dissappointment2 as I shd have liked to hear that tune again which I have not heard for years.
My wife listened & said it went well – as well as a choral work ever can sound over the air.
Yes, I heard of your loss – we remember him well at Danbury & what a delightful little boy he was – we can hardly spare all these fine young men for the future.3
R. Vaughan Williams
1. Possibly a work performed at the Westmorland Festival (Kendal) which was broadcast on May 11 and included choral music conducted by Gibbs.
3. Armstrong Gibbs had lost his son David (1919-1943) who was killed in action in Italy in November 1943.
Year added in another hand.
Location Of Original:
Shelfmark:GB 1111 GBS
Location Of Copy:
Shelfmark Copy:MS Mus. 1714/2/5, ff. 120-121