Letter from Alan Bennett

July 10, 1951 | Filed under: Yorkshire Post

Sir, – When Mr E. L. Roberts refers to large doses of British music he seems to forget that these eight concerts are but a fraction of the number of concerts throughout the year. Rarely does he have such a large and pleasing pill as this to swallow; yet he prefers his musical indigestion caused by a surfeit of Brahms and Tchaikovsky to a refreshing dose of British music.

Mr. Roberts’s last point, that he who pays the piper calls the tune, jeopardises any hopes of educating the popular taste. If this proverb were put into practice, whence any progress in any artistic sphere? – Yours etc.,

ALAN BENNETT.

92a Otley Road, Leeds, 6.

(photo on front page courtesy of Allan Warren)