Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Mary Glasgow

Letter No.: 
Nov 2 [1940]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Miss Glasgow1

Many thanks for your letter.
I have already had a talk with Mr. [Tom] Harrison and have written him a letter which I have asked him to pass on to you. I shall be happy to help all I can —The difficulty at Dorking at present is a hall. I think we can get one of the cinemas for a Sunday afternoon. I am waiting to hear from the manager about it. I like the idea of an orchestral concert with a singer. Would December 15 be a possible date—or is that too short notice? Otherwise I think we should have to wait till after Xmas. My suggestion is that you shd send down the orchestra, soloist etc—also bills & posters for distribution and we will secure a hall if possible & see to the local advertising & ticket selling. I am all for cheap seats & I personally would like to let the troops in free, but I believe that does not come into your scheme.
Yours sincerely,

R. Vaughan Williams

1. Secretary-General of CEMA (Committee for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts).


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Shelfmark of original letter: 
Arts Council archive file EL 2/61
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Year taken from context.
C.E.M.A. was trying to provide music for Surrey, which had a high number of evacuees and troops stationed there during the winter of 1940. This appears to be the earliest contact between CEMA & VW.

Cobbe 353
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