Con­cer­tos are al­ways bet­ter with a chat

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters To The Editor -

SIR – I read with in­ter­est the pro­posal by the Or­ches­tra of the Age of En­light­en­ment to chat with the au­di­ence at its con­certs (re­port, Novem­ber 10).

The won­der­ful Lon­don Mozart Play­ers have been do­ing a sim­i­lar thing for years. The au­di­ence are warmly wel­comed by the cel­list ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. This is fol­lowed by an in­for­mal and in­ter­est­ing talk, with mu­si­cal ex­cerpts, by the con­duc­tor lau­re­ate, Howard Shel­ley, if he is the pi­anist in the mu­sic be­ing played.

It is like a fam­ily party, and the au­di­ence leave smil­ing. A truly won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. Pam Bar­ton

Hay­wards Heath, West Sus­sex

A con­cert in the prin­ci­pal­ity of Liège, painted by Paul-Joseph Del­cloche (1753)

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