I WAS delighted to read your feature article reflecting on the new season for the Wakefield Concert Society in the Express’ “The Guide” on September 14. Unfortunately not everyone will know that the WGHS venue refers to the Wakefield Girls High School Jubilee Hall in Margaret Street.
As always the varied programme of six concerts is intended to provide an exciting and diverse selection of classical concerts that have an appeal to people of all ages. The fact that full time students will only pay £3 and under 16s are admitted free when accompanied by an adult demonstrates the commitment that the society has towards promoting high quality, professional live music to as wide an audience as possible.
It is perhaps, also an appropriate time to welcome the recent change in the licensing regulations which will enable live music, suiting all tastes, to be played in local venues without the petty bureaucracy that can often be so off-putting for would be organisers.
So, if you enjoy live music and would like to celebrate the easing of the licensing restrictions in welcoming company and pleasant surroundings, why not come to hear the London based Fujita sisters from Japan who, playing piano, violin and cello will have returned from Sweden to play a few British venues before going to Japan to play in Osaka and Tokyo
May I also be permitted to say a huge thank you and pay tribute to my predecessor, Denis Watson, who has spent many years ensuring that the Wakefield Concert Society remains a powerful ambassador for classical music as the Society enters its 49th season.
David J Hopkins