from Vaughan Williams, Ursula, 1911-2007 to Kennedy, Michael (George Michael Sinclair), 1926-2014
Letter No. VWL3377
Letter from Ursula Vaughan Williams to Michael and Eslyn Kennedy
Letter No.: VWL3377
From R. Vaughan Williams,
10, Hanover Terrace,
February 9th 
Dearest Michael & Eslyn,
Your Peter Arno is great fun, & cheered us up like anything, which was needed – not because we are repenting at leisure, but because it was the only day we could go to the Carmelites – a bad opera if ever there was, long monologues in bad English & thin music, no ensembles at all, no characterisation, no tunes worth having, & a very amateurish production – À bas!
Ralph is so pleased you like the Planets1 – I do think Holst is terrific. I love the Hymn of Jesus2 & Egdon3, & Savitri4, & of course Planets5, & Assemble all ye Maidens6 is ravishing – he’s far too neglected & I dont understand why.
It seems the New Opera Co. are reviving Sir John7 – if dates fit you must take it in on your way back from Cheltenham. They did a lovely Sea Symphony8 at Croydon last night & Paddys Fen & Flood.9
We’re getting up steam for St John10 – & otherwise all is well, gay & busy.
Thank you for remembering us, & the book. & lots & lots of love from us both to you both.
3. Egdon Heath, H172
7. Sir John in Love (CW 1928/3).
8. CW 1909/3.
9. CW 1956/6. VW had arranged Patrick Hadley’s cantata Fen and Flood for mixed chorus. On the concert itself, see RVW, p. 388.
10. Preparation for the performance at Dorking of the St John Passion on 15 February.
Musical Works:Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750. Johannespassion, BWV 245Holst, Gustav, 1874-1934. Egdon HeathHadley, Patrick, 1899-1973. Fen and floodVaughan Williams, Ralph, 1872-1958. Sir John in loveHolst, Gustav, 1874-1934. PlanetsHolst, Gustav, 1874-1934. Hymn of JesusHolst, Gustav, 1874-1934. SavitriHolst, Gustav, 1874-1934. Assemble all ye MaidensVaughan Williams, Ralph, 1872-1958. Symphonies, no. 1 (A Sea Symphony)Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963. Dialogues des Carmélites
Date year taken from postmark.
Location Of Original:
Shelfmark:MS Mus. 159, ff.215-216