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English Heritage (AJ 01.06.06) is concerned that, if the Commonwealth Institute goes, the Royal Festival Hall (RFH) may not be safe. Well now there's a thought. Worthy though the RFH may be as a building, it is not, and never will be, the firstclass acoustic experience needed by a world-class city, arguably the (classical) music capital of the world. It cannot compete with the Berlin Philharmonie, Lucerne or Birmingham.

This may not matter too much since the Guardian recently devoted two pages to an interview with the new director without a single mention of music, so maybe the RFH has a different future; in this case, can we have a new hall please.

Alan Kennedy, by email

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