12 SEPTEMBER 1940, Page 13


cutting from your paper has been sent to me to- gether with a letter which embodies a very unhappy suggestion that I have been a party to having failed to broadcast the Promenade Concerts. This mistaken conception I can only think has arisen because of the manner in which this paragraph is opened, and I would therefore like you to know that I have nothing to do with the management of these concerts, and that I knew nothing of any decision one way or the other regarding negotiations to broadcast, until my management told me they would not go over the air.

No one is more sorry than I that this should have come about, and judging from my correspondents, this is shared by thousands of music- lovers the country over, but I am sure they all should know and appre- ciate the fact that I have always regarded myself as a servant of the public, and as far as it lies in my power, this I shall continue to be.

'The paragraph in question opened with a reference to " what is de- scribed as ' the controversy between Sir Adrian Boult, of the B.B.C., and Sir Henry Wood ' " over the broadcasting of Promenade Concerts. There was not the smallest reflection on Sir Henry Wood. The debt of the musical public to him is beyond computation.—En., The Spectator.]