Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Gilmour Jenkins

Letter No.: 
March 8 [1951]

The White Gates,

Dear Gil

I was much moved by your letter - I know what knowledge and practical experience underlay it. Well I know that we all were on tip-toes to do our best - & that must have an effect however much the technical side is missing.
We had about 6 of our best basses away through influenza etc which accounts for a little weakness there.
As regards “Truly this was” I know that it was whispered by a few soldiers - But I always imagine that at that moment we get away from Golgotha & the whole world joins to affirm its belief.1
You know that I value your opinion & I trust you in future to tell me all your adverse criticism as well.

R. Vaughan Williams

1. Jenkins had clearly been at the performance of the St. Matthew Passion on 3rd March at Dorking Halls as part of the Leith Hill Musical Festival.

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MS Mus. 1714/1/19, ff.29-30
Cobbe 550
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