Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Adrian Boult (BBC)

Letter No.: 
July 15 [1942]

The White Gates,

Dear Adrian

Do you think it wd be possible to do Gerontius1 with strings & organ only (with possible pfte & timpani) - I want to suggest it to my L H M F2  Ctee on July 25th and the above in present circumstances (performance in church with high pitch, very little room & no names) are the only available means.3


P. S.  A shame to bother you when you are so busy

1. The Dream of Gerontius by Edward Elgar.
2. Leith Hill Music Festival.
3. Boult’s reply was clearly discouraging since the work was not performed at Leith Hill Music Festival until 1957.

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