Don't knock it

How arrogant and ignorant is Michael Fry (Opinion 7 August). How dare he denigrate the magnificent Edinburgh International Festival, begun as long ago as 1947 and still continuing to enthral audiences from all over the world.

The Fringe is an offshoot which has grown over the years, but why compare it with the main Festival?

Every day of the Festival the lieder, piano and chamber recitals are fully booked in the Queen's Hall because those of us who appreciate such sublime music have little chance of hearing these outside London. As for his criticism of Edinburgh audiences, we have very well-attended performances throughout the year of Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, the RSNO the SCO, and excellent theatre productions.

Do your homework Mr Fry.


Buckstone Way