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In the friendliest manner possible, may I assure "Fair Play"—that doubting Thomas who seems so anxious to discredit the facts set out in my letter to you—that not for one moment do I dispute his state-, ment that the singers he mentions were engaged by the National Broadcasting Service? I'll go further. Even if he said that Dr. Sargent's contract was cancelled by the same beneficent authority, I'd still believe him. In return, all I ask of him is that he will take my word that the .two choral societies mentioned did engage the celebrated musician to conduct their share of the Centenary celebrations—the operative words being "did" and "their." To this I might add that the honorary secretary of either society, if approached, ecu Id confirm and amplify this statement; also that the amplification would make interesting reading— very! I hope, also, that he will credit my assertion that Dr. Sargent received a request to terminate that engagement, and did so for the reasons set out in my letter. I can assure "Fair Play," once again, that I possess excellent authority for this information—in fact, the best—it is contained in a letter to me from Dr. Malcolm Sargent himself. O. A. WRITERS. '

I would like to add a few words to the discussion in your correspondence column between "O. Arthur Writers," and "Fair Play." The position here in New Zealand seems to be that if a person is a reasonably good pianist he is immediately considered by the N.B.S. authorities to be proficient in all branches of music, even in conducting. I agree with Dr. Malcolm Sargent that there should be a New Zealand symphony orchestra, but instead of merely accepting his offer to conduct the first performances of such an orchestra we should secure, his, services, or the services of a conductor , of his calibre, to conduct it permanently. ' DOUBLE BASS. ■

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MUSIC IN CENTENNIAL YEAR, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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MUSIC IN CENTENNIAL YEAR Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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