Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Evelyn Ault

Letter No.: 
May 17 [1930s]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Madam
Some weeks ago a boy from Coldharbour - aged about 20 - whose name I have unfortunately forgotten - came to see me. Doubtless you will know whom I mean as he tells me he is a pupil of yours. He seems very fond of music and sings with a nice true voice though quite untrained. His playing is as of course you know quite elementary and I felt obliged to advise him against a professional career.
However if there is any other way I could help him musically I should be pleased to do so. He talked of trying to get into a music shop - I do not know what you think of this idea. With a little training he ought to be able to sing quite nicely as an amateur and it would be a great pleasure to him I think to get into a choral society. I understand that he also plays the cornet, but I do not suppose that his playing is up to the professional standard.
Yours faithfully
R Vaughan Williams

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Recipient identified as Evelyn Ault [see VWL4033 and following], from context in file; she was the organist and choirmistress at Coldharbour, a village near Dorking.