Letter: In Brief

Sir: Jonathan Keate's otherwise excellent article extolling the glories of Handel's vocal works (Arts, 16 March) failed to mention the outstanding contribution of Charles Farncombe, founder and musical director of the Handel Opera Society from 1955 to1985. Charles conducted and inspired productions and performances of all the oratorios, and 30 of the operas, mainly at Sadler's Wells, and in many other venues, both here and in Europe. His pioneering work undoubtedly laid solid foundations for today's huge revival of interest.

DORIS GITTINS

London SE3

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