The mu­si­cal magic of Lau­ren Zhang

The Guardian - Journal - - Letters -

Con­trary to the as­ser­tion of David Pol­lock (Let­ters, 14 May), the Church of Eng­land has not at any stage lob­bied for the lift­ing of the faith cap. The church is com­mit­ted to serv­ing the whole com­mu­nity, and is work­ing to en­sure more fam­i­lies in all ar­eas of the coun­try have ac­cess to our schools. Fri­day’s an­nounce­ment does not im­pact on this com­mit­ment, as the ma­jor­ity of C of E school places are al­lo­cated ir­re­spec­tive of faith.

Rev Nigel Gen­ders

Chief ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer, C of E

Marks and En­gel writ­ing per­cep­tively on English cricket in the Guardian. Good job they didn’t con­fine their in­ter­ests to po­lit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy (I’m los­ing my re­li­gion, Sport, 12 May). Splen­did ar­ti­cles from both on the ter­ri­ble state of cricket caused by poor ad­min­is­tra­tors in the ECB.

Keith Plais­ter

Chelms­ford, Es­sex

Mon­day’s edi­tion car­ried re­views of a pop con­cert, the Euro­vi­sion song con­test and the Baftas, but not a sin­gle line about Lau­ren Zhang, who on Sun­day be­came the Young Mu­si­cian of the Year with a per­for­mance of Prokofiev’s 2nd Piano Con­certo that left every­one breath­less.

Dan Zerdin


Pleased to see your ar­ti­cle about the leg­endary John Si­mons (Arts, 14 May). I bought my first Field & Stream Har­ring­ton from him in my lo­cal Covent Gar­den shop in 1981 and it re­mains a very wearable, if bat­tered, trea­sured pos­ses­sion. Every visit to his em­po­rium is a thrill. He is a mod god.

Max Bell

Thame, Ox­ford­shire

Af­ter be­ing lumped to­gether with the House of Lords (Let­ters, 12 May), I’m off on the four coun­ties ring. And that’s not a dou­ble en­ten­dre.

Ian Grieve

Gor­don Ben­nett,

Stafford­shire and Worces­ter canal

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