Letter from Gervase Elwes to Ralph Vaughan Williams

Letter No.: 
March 28th l914

at/ 8, Chesterfield Gardens

Dear Vaughan Williams,

I must just send you one line of best congratulations on the great success of your symphony last night, of which I have read in the papers.  I was dreadfully disappointed that I could not be there to hear it, but I was singing last night later on and did not dare go out before!  However it will be done again.  In the meantime my heartiest congrats.1
By the way your songs “Is my team ploughing?” and “Roadside Fire” had a huge success in Holland a little time ago.  I sang them at Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague.  They were greatly liked.
Yours ever

Gervase Elwes

 1. The London Symphony, Catalogue of Works 1913/5, had received its first performance at the Queen’s Hall.

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MS Mus. 1714/1/5
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