Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Arnold Barter

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[late November 1913]

Place Stanislas

Dear Mr Barter

I am terribly sorry to say that I shall not be able to come to hear your chorus perform my “Sea Symphony” after all - as I am obliged to be abroad at the time - I cannot tell you what a dissappointment1  it is to me as I know from what I have heard what a fine performance it is likely to be - meanwhile I wish every success to you & your choir for your concert.2
Yrs sincerely

R. Vaughan Williams

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2. The Bristol Philharmonic Society was to give their second performance of A Sea Symphony on (or about) 10th December 1913. VW was to spend much of December and January with Adeline, her mother and Emmeline and Hervey Fisher at Ospedaletti-Ligure and was presumably already on his way there. See VWL342 and VWL343. Batrer wrote a long letter to VW on January 1st 1914 describing the performance (now at British Library MS Mus. 1714/1/5) 

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