20 MARCH 1942, Page 13


SIR,—Your correspondent " Private Soldier " is obviously unaware of E.N.S.A.'s musical activities. In the last six months four symphony orchestras have been recruited from men serving in the Forces. Hun- dreds of Sunday evening concerts have been given in the camps throughout the country. Six parties giving programmes of good music every night of the week are touring the length and breadth of the country. A comprehensive library of gramophone records, ranging from all the symphonies and 'piano sonatas of Beethoven, Brahms and Sibelius, all the recorded symphonies of Mozart and Haydn, more than one dozen complete operas (including four by Mozart), have been established for the use of the Forces in each military command. A lending library of orchestral, choral and chamber music is at Drury Lane at the call of every camp in the Forces. A musical adviser has been appointed to each command, and in one area alone more than twenty string quartets have been formed from playing members of the Forces.

If " Private Soldier " himself or any other private soldier will, through his unit's entertainment officer, get in touch with he E.N.S.A. musical adviser for his command, or write to me direct, he will see that E.N.S.A.'s Advisory Music Council is working incessantly and effec- tively to provide the sort of entertainment that he and hundreds of thousands like him need and merit.—Yours faithfully, WALTER LEGGE, Liaison Officer, Advisory Music Council. Theatre Royal; Drury Lane, London, W.C. 2.