Gustav Holst in London - 19 December, 1923

from Letter from Holst to Vaughan Williams, Dec. 1923, pages 59-60:

Dear R

I have nothing more to say so I will merely give you the recapitulation section in close stretto.

1) Its what Ive been waiting for for 47½ years.

2) The performance was so full of You - even apart from the places I cribbed from you years ago.

3) Are you willing to sign a contract to conduct every first performance I get during the next 10 years or so?

4) You are teaching those people to sing!

5) Pray accept my Blessing




cite as

Letter from Holst to Vaughan Williams, Dec. 1923. In Gustav Holst (ed.), Heirs and rebels : letters written to each other and occasional writings on music (London, ), p. 59-60. accessed: 24 April, 2024

location of experience: London


Gustav Holst
Composer, Teacher

Listening to

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Ode to Death
written by Gustav Holst
performed by Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Bach Choir

Experience Information

Date/Time 19 December, 1923
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


This was the first London performance of Holst's 'Ode to Death'. It was given twice in the programme.

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:48:43 +0100
Approved on Tue, 08 Mar 2016 17:48:18 +0000