Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Edwin Evans

Letter No.: 
Sunday [14 December 1930]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Evans

Holst has handed me your letter  I need hardly say that I feel much honoured at the idea that the “Camargo” may care to produce “Job”.1
I will boil down the score to anything in reason (please let me know soon the largest orchestra you can put up) & will have it ready by any date (again within reason) that you name.
The only condition as far as I am concerned, and I am sure the mention of it is a mere formality - that I shall be allowed to veto anything in the production which to my mind does not agree with my music.
All this as far as I am concerned. But I cannot move without Geoffrey Keynes & Mrs Gwen Raverat who are the prime instigators & have designed the scenery & costumes.
- I am asking Keynes to write to you direct on the matter.2 One more stipulation - I want the work called a “Masque” not a “Ballet” which has acquired unfortunate connotations of late years to me.
Yours sincerely

R. Vaughan Williams

1. Job had received a concert performance at Norwich on 23 October. Evans had proposed a stage performance by the Camargo Society, which eventually took place at the Cambridge Theatre on 5 July 1931.
2. Keynes wrote on 16 December (see VWL883). See also VWL880.


Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
Add MS 59814, ff. 28-30

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/7, ff.146-148
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Date ascribed by British Library.

Cobbe 188
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