`Messiah XXI' On RTE


Sir, - We have just watched Frank McNamara's band perform Messiah XXI on RTE. The individual performances- good, bad, and incompetent - are immaterial. They could be replaced. The Millennium Committee could not have known what they were paying for.

Given a paintbrush, could Frank have improved on the Mona Lisa, on David or the Pieta with a chisel and hammer, or on the Sistine Chapel ceiling with a can of spray-paint? - Yours, etc.,

Michael Toomey, Foxrock Avenue, Dublin 18.