Letter: New mood inspires singing

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Sir: David Lister twice mentions the fact that the Crouch End Festival Choir is made up of amateurs: "psychotherapists, city workers, shopkeepers and factory workers" (report, 11 June). Is he surprised?

Music-making, particularly singing, attracts enthusiasts of all ages from every part of society. Choral singing actively encourages teamwork, individual self-confidence, physical stamina and intellectual challenge; in fact, most of the aspects of social achievement promoted by our new government. I cannot imagine a more appropriate way for the Government to express the new mood of the nation than to promote music-making of all kinds in schools and communities around the country.



Esterhazy Chamber Choir

Lewes, East Sussex