From the Archive: November 1940


One year into the Second World War, The Strad laments the limited prospects for British musicians, despite the indisputable need for music in such troubled times

The outlook for musicians in London is worse than it has ever before been. Already many of them are regretting the happy days of last winter when the blackout was the chief of the difficulties to be faced. The situation is unique in that it appears to be without issue. While our hours of darkness are filled with air activity, concerts are pretty well out of the question. It would no doubt be possible to organise afternoon shows, but presumably a good proportion of those who have the leisure to attend at such hours will by now have taken themselves off to quieter parts. There remains the week-end, but so far very little has been done to make use of this…

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