Photocopies of six letters to Sir Alexander Kaye Butterworth concerning the Butterworth Trust
MS. Eng. c. 8410, fols. 1-10
Photocopies of six letters from the archive of the Butterworth Trust, all to Sir Alexander Kayer Butterworth (1854-1946) and concerning the wishes of Ralph Vaughan Williams in relation to the revenue generated from the copyright in his works after the death of himself and his wife.
- [VWL 3809]: letter from R. Vaughan Williams, 23 Aug 1935 (in the hand of Adeline Vaughan Williams, the composer's first wife, and signed by him)
- [VWL 3817]: letter from William S. Hanham of the North & Sons Solicitors, 29 Aug 1935 (typed and signed)
- [VWL 3812]: letter from R. Vaughan Williams, 4 Jul 1937 (in the composer's hand)
- [VWL 3816]: letter from Tamplin & Co., 14 Jul 1937 (typed and signed)
- [VWL 3811]: letter from R. Vaughan Williams, 22 Jul 1937 (in the hand of Adeline Vaughan Williams, the composer's first wife, and signed by him)
- [VWL 3810]: letter from R. Vaughan Williams, 28 Jul 1937 (in the hand of Adeline Vaughan Williams, the composer's first wife, and signed by him)
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MS. Eng. c. 8410, fols. 1-10
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 15638
Photocopies of six letters relating to the Butterworth Trust with regard to the will of Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1935-1937.
Biographical / Historical
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) was a British composer. For details of his life and work see the Oxford Music Online. The Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust was established in 1956 and continues to this day. For further details please see the Trust's website. The Butterworth Trust was established as the George Butterworth Memorial Fund on 3 May 1921 by Sir Alexander Kaye Butterworth, Sir Hugh P. Allen, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Dorothea Mavor (Sir Butterworth's step-daughter) and William Simpson Hannam (solicitor). The Trust's purpose was to 'leave a permanenet memorial of ... George [Butterworth] who fell in the Great War' with the aim of 'furtherance of the cause of music and particular (if found practicable) the encouragement of musical composition'. In the first couple of decades other trustees included Adrian Boult, George Dyson and R. O. Morris. It was registered with the Charity Commission in 1963. The George Butterworth Memorial Fund was later absorbed by the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust. In 2017 the George Butterworth Prize was awarded to Egidija Medekšaitė.
The original letters are in the archive of the Butterworth Trust (now absorbed by the Ralgh Vaughan Williams Trust), now held at the British Library.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Hugh Cobbe, November 2012.
- Photocopies of six letters concerning Ralph Vaughan Williams's will
- Finding aid prepared by Margaret Czepiel
- Language of description