Ralph Vaughan Williams in Brook Green - 12 December, 1930

from Letter from Vaughan Williams to Holst, December 1930, page 75:

In the opera [The Wandering Scholar] it was interesting to note that the most obvious amateur of your lot (the schoolmaster) was far the most successful because he was thinking of his words and his part all the time and not worrying about his damned tone. I know the answer to this is that in a larger place he would not be heard. But is there no way of preserving that natural singing and yet getting the voice big enough?

cite as

Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, Letter from Vaughan Williams to Holst, December 1930. In Imogen Holst and Ursula Vaughan Williams (ed.), Heirs and rebels (London, ), p. 75. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1406810043003 accessed: 2 December, 2022

location of experience: Brook Green

Listeners

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Composer
1872-1958

Listening to

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First run-throughs of new works, the Choral Fantasia, The Wandering Scholar and Hammersmith
written by Gustav Holst
performed by St. Paul's Girl's School Orchestra and soloists

Experience Information

Date/Time 12 December, 1930
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:34:03 +0100
Approved on Sun, 13 Mar 2016 13:16:45 +0000