Images left show an autograph letter, dated 18th October 1934, from Professor Herbert Howells (17 October 1892 – 23 February 1983) thanking the Clerk and Company for arranging for him to be a Freeman of the City and a Liveryman of the Company (which he received at a ceremony on 30th October 1934).
Click on the images to see an expanded version. Click Here to see the Minutes from that Special Court Meeting.
Howells had been the first recipient of the John Collard Fellowship (in 1931). His successor was Constant Lambert to whom Howells refers in his letter - describing the appointment as 'a fine and right choice'. Constant Lambert's letter of thanks (dated 18th October 1934) for the award is shown below. Lambert is shown right, in a 1930 photograph.
Howells was Master in 1959-60, during which time he composed his Hymn for Saint Cecilia for the Company. Click Here for further information on this composition.
Also in 1959 Howells was awarded the Collard Life Fellowship as successor to Ralph Vaughn Williams. His 'Thank You' letter to the Company is shown to the right.