Correspondence to Imogen Holst

Scope and Content

Letters to Imogen Holst from many correspondents. These include letters from composers, musicians and other figures including John Agate, Charles Bardswell, Bernard Barrell, Lennox Berkeley, Arthur Bliss, Adrian Boult, Norbert Brainin, Isador Caplan, Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst, Anthony Gishford, Joyce Grenfell, Gustav Holst, Theodore Holst, Vally Lasker, Clare Mackail, Yehudi Menuhin, George Malcolm, Gerald McDonald, Leilamani Naidu, Peter Pears, William Plomer, Ceri and Frances Richards, Norman Scarfe, Michael Tippett, Miles Tomalin, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Alexander Walker, Arnold Walter and E Barton Worthington.

Including letters of congratulation of receiving CBE, 1975.


The correspondence was accessioned in two concertina files marked A and B; pre Aldeburgh letters up to 1952 and post 1952 letters. The letters from both files have been amalgamated into one sequence arranged in alphabetical order by surname of correspondent. As far as possible the original file name and organisation for correspondents has been maintained. For instance, letters from King's College have been listed under K rather than by name of individual correspondents.

Access Information

This material is made available under the standard conditions of the Britten-Pears Foundation. Readers will be required to produce proof of identity and to sign a Reader’s Undertaking form.

Other Finding Aids

A list of notable correspondents compiled by Rosamund Strode and covering material in original concertina file A (letters to 1952) has been placed in the first file of correspondents surname A.

Related Material

See also Imogen Holst's scrapbooks from 1926 to 1941 (RefNo HOL/2/7) in which she pasted many envelopes and letters sent to her.

Imogen Holst gave E M Forster's letters to King's College, Cambridge.

See Britten correspondence (RefNo BBA) for letters from Benjamin Britten to Imogen Holst and Pears correspondence (RefNo PPA) for letters from Peter Pears to Imogen Holst.