2 pp. Folio (ca. 253 x 203 mm). Dated [London] December 10, 27. On stationery with "Oriana Madrigal Society Leighton House, Holland Park Road, London, W. 14." printed at head.
Scott regrets that he and his choir, the Oriana Madrigal Society, cannot help his recipient, presumably with a concert of British music. He has already committed the choir to a lecture by English conductor and scholar William G. Whittakers (1876-1944) on the work of composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934). At the letter's end he expresses his steadfast devotion to British composers and their music.
"... I am going way on the 19th till Jan 11th & on the 15th I have promised to illustrate a lecture by W.G. Whittaker on von Holst's work & I am afraid this will mean just as much as I can ask of the choir between our next concert & the date you mention. For I will not help you without rehearsal (I dislike offhand work so much!)... I do not want you to think I am willingly unacommodating. Indeed everything should be done to give a bias to English music, both old & new; and all of us should help in whatever way we can towards this."
Below his signature Scott has written the name "H. Saxe-Wyndham." Either he has intended this letter for Henry Saxe-Wyndham, the noted music historian and biographer, or, perhaps more likely, has signed the letter on his behalf.
Slightly worn and soiled; creased, with one small short tear, at folds.
Charles Kennedy Scott, an English organist and choral conductor, played an important role in the performance of choral music in England, especially of early and modern English music. In 1904, he founded the Oriana Madrigal Society, which did much to raise English Elizabethan music from its position of comparative neglect. Wikipedia. Item #27049
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