Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Michael Mullinar

Letter No.: 
May 21 [1946]

The White Gates,

Dear Michael

Are you coming to London at all this summer?  If so there is a professional engagement which I shd be very grateful if you wd undertake that is to play through the solo pfte arrangement of my new symph1 to a few friends at Dorking – we could put you up for the night here & it wd be so nice to see Mary too (tho’ I fear there is no room for the whole family!) any time except the 1st fortnight in July & a week end would be best because I could collect more people then.
My love to Mary

R. Vaughan Williams

1. The Sixth Symphony, Catalogue of Works 1947/3. A part of the solo pianoforte score is in the Royal College of Music Library (MS 5360d). This letter concerns a play-through described in detail in R.V.W.: a biography, p.267-268. It was well in advance of the first performance, which took place in April 1948 at the Royal Albert Hall.


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The date of this letter is confirmed by the reference to Saturday 13th [July] in VWL3682.

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