Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 1 June 1945

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Description: 
Letter to Harry Somers

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Case Study: 
Creative Dialogue Across the Ocean: Eric Aldwinckle’s Letters to Harry Somers
Creator: 
Aldwinckle, Eric
Source: 
letter
Date: 
1 June 1945
Place: London
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format. Reproduced with the kind permission of Margaret Bridgman.

Identifier: 
00001617-3
Language: 
eng
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image
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jpg
Transcript: 

The opera was described and with Benj[amin] at the piano, some of the soloists, duos or trios gave parts of the opera. But it was merely tantalising as all the interludes and choruses were missing and there was no continuity. It seemed to me too to be a snob affair. Everyone in London was there that mattered -- (It is only a small place--) and there was a horrible air of Who's who -- doing the right thing to do socially. The way I got in was because when I found the opera was sold out I went to Hall when I saw "Introduction to the Opera Peter Grimes" advertised in another programme, and was informed they also were sold out. I said "can I buy standing room?" No -- they were all sold out on standing room, too. So I asked if I could hear it through the transom. This must have impressed the little man behind the wicket that I really wanted to hear the music and wasn't trying to crash a social event which I didn't know was a social event -- and so after a moment's thought he produced an envelope with two tickets in and gave me one. So now I'm going to try the same thing at the Opera this week.
By the way Benjamin Britten is a very fine pianist as well as composer.
Emylin Williams new play "Wind of Heaven" was inspiring and a thoroughly fine play well done. Subject. the second coming of Christ in Wales after the last war. Full of