Letter: Sing in the new

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Sing in the new

Sir: So the Archbishop wants a minute's silence at midnight on 31 December in the Dome and the BBC wants colour and noise ("New Year row as Carey seeks prayers on TV", 17 May). The Rev John Longuet-Higgins' solution is for us to sing "Silent Night" while we hold candles (letter, 19 May). The only tribute worthy of the occasion would be to gather the best musicians and singers available to perform the Messiah wholeheartedly and sincerely every night during December 1999 and January 2000, and longer if necessary, everybody required to stand during the Hallelujah Chorus.

Mrs BETTY CROOKES

Swinton,

South Yorkshire

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