17 SEPTEMBER 1921, Page 16


[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In some houses there are pianos that have not been used for years, the musical member of the family has left home, and the piano remains silent. May I suggest the happiness that such a piano would bring to people who have not many of the world's good things? This Settlement, chiefly used by those living in one of the poorest districts in London, brings new interests and happiness into the lives of several hundreds of these people. On the musical side, as well as an orchestra, there are weekly choral classes and concerts at frequent inter- vals. The pianos here are in use every day in the week, and have had some twenty years of very hard work Two have now become impossible, but the musical appreciation class and one of the choral classes will have to be dropped if they cannot be replaced. Would some one with an unused piano think of the daily pleasure it would give elsewhereP—I am, Sir, &c.,

EDITH NEviti,E, Warden.

Mary Ward Settlement, Tavistock Place, W.C. 1.