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LUKE Slat­tery’s en­gag­ing and in­for­ma­tive cover story about the Aus­tralian World Orches­tra and mae­stro Zu­bin Me­hta (‘‘Mu­sic with­out bor­ders’’, July 13-14) made me won­der if my long-held idea for a world an­them could be­come a fact? An Aus­tralian ini­tia­tive and, from a young na­tion, a pos­si­ble ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion to our ever-nar­row­ing globe; an an­them that might help foster un­der­stand­ing, com­bat racism and prej­u­dice, and make us all feel part of one world. Mu­sic and words for our times and, with the world­wide com­mu­ni­ca­tions ex­plo­sion, an an­them that could make a con­tri­bu­tion to peace. Stan Marks Caulfield, Vic­to­ria

PETER Craven (‘‘The word of the Bard’’, July 13-14) has set him­self a tough job con­vinc­ing read­ers that Daniel Swift’s book, Shake­speare’s Com­mon Prayers: The Book of Com­mon Prayer and the

El­iz­a­bethan Age, pub­lished by Ox­ford Univer­sity Press, is one for the gen­eral reader. Leav­ing aside the con­tro­ver­sial is­sue of whether the Bard ever wrote any­thing, the topic seems one for a mi­nor­ity of aca­demics. Craven’s some­what es­o­teric re­view­ing style (long sen­tences and ob­scure, eru­dite ref­er­ences) does not help. Ken Moore Glam­or­gan Vale, Queens­land JUST who is this Su­san Chen­ery (‘‘Small mir­a­cles’’, July 6-7) who dares pass off such grace­ful and sub­lime lyric as mere re­port­ing? Just who in­deed? IN McDon­ald Wangi Wangi, NSW RU­PERT Chris­tiansen’s ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle on Ben­jamin Brit­ten (‘‘The last laugh’’, July 6-7) filled me with nos­tal­gia and an­tic­i­pa­tion. Nos­tal­gia for 1967 and en­coun­ter­ing Brit­ten’s mu­sic for the first time at Lon­don’s Sadler’s Wells, then a bas­tion of English opera, wit­ness­ing a soar­ing Peter Pears singing Peter Grimes. And, two months later, lis­ten­ing to Duke Elling­ton’s just-writ­ten mu­sic for The

Jay­walker, on the steps of Coven­try Cathe­dral, the bomb-blasted, res­ur­rected phoenix that in­spired Brit­ten to com­pose his War Re­quiem.

As for an­tic­i­pa­tion, may I add to your list of cen­ten­nial Brit­ten per­for­mances? On Au­gust 24, the Queens­land Youth Sym­phony will present the War Re­quiem in the Con­cert Hall of Bris­bane’s Queens­land Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre. An­dre Rieu’s front­line so­prano, Miru­sia, will be a soloist in her home town, singing with sen­sa­tional new tenor Kang Wang, es­tab­lished bari­tone Shaun Brown and the Queens­land Fes­ti­val Cho­rus. Con­duc­tor John Curro will hold it all to­gether as bril­liantly as he has done in the 47 years since he founded the Queens­land Youth Or­ches­tras. Colin My­ers Chapel Hill, Queens­land

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