from Vaughan Williams, Ralph, 1872-1958 to Douglas, Keith

Letter No. VWL4720

Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Keith Douglas

Letter No.: VWL4720

From R. Vaughan Williams,
The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

August 23 [1936]

Dear Mr Keith Douglas
I think I could do you a short coronation piece if the Society1 could give me (1) a large chorus (2) 6 or 8 trumpets (3) 2 Tubas in addition to the ordinary bass Tuba (4) Full orchestra including 2 harps pianoforte, organ & several percussion players. But I expect the Society will not see the fun of this.
Also it must come in the programme before Heldenleben & not after.
Yrs sincerely
R Vaughan Williams

1. Keith Douglas was Secretary of the Royal Philharmonic Society. The work was presumably commissioned for a concert to mark the Coronation presumably of Edward VIII, but following his abdication¬†in December 1936, to mark the Coronation of George VI. The concert was at the Queen’s Hall on April 1st, 1937.