Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Henry Wood

Letter No.: 
June 25 [1943]

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

Dear Wood

I cannot tell you how touched I was by your letter1 & how I felt about Lady Wood coming all the way to the Albert Hall to give it me.2  But, you know, it was very wrong of you - you have to spend every ounce of your energy getting well quick to come back and feed your hungry sheep at the Albert Hall.  The orchestra were splendid - and as I made no serious mistakes we had a very fine performance.


R Vaughan Williams

1. The letter refers to the first performance of Symphony no.5 in D major which had been conducted by VW himself on 24 June in the absence of Sir Henry Wood through illness.  Year added in pencil.
2. sic.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
Add MS 56422, ff. 153-154

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/15, f.8-10
Cobbe 414
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