R.C.A.F. Overseas Headquarters
June 23rd 1943
Although I wrote you yesterday and posted it, having been to the enclosed concert programme I simply had to write.
I went particularly to hear the new Britten work. The orchestra was perfect and I do wish you could hear them.
It appears Benjamin Britten wrote this for the orchestra's eighteenth? birthday and as there were eighteen pieces he wrote a prelude & fugue for them with a fugue part for each piece (instrument) which was their own. It was a brilliant, poignant wit, if their can be such a thing and I can recommend it.
To my surprise he was present and although I didn't have a chance to meet him, saw him when he got up to shake hands with the conductor. He is quite young as you know perhaps and I think important in British music.
Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 23 June 1943