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Thread #60626   Message #976568
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
04-Jul-03 - 07:57 AM
Thread Name: Licensing Bill UK - Urgent help please.
Subject: RE: Licensing Bill UK - Urgent help please.
I've sent an email to the Guardian Readers Editor at reader@guardian.co.uk asking for a correction to be made, and I suggest that a few more people do that.

Here is my email:

Here is a quote from today's Guardian story by Sarah Hall about the Licensing Bill in the Lords:

"...unamplified ensembles such as string quartets will not have to overcome this bureaucratic hurdle."

Well, it's a pretty confusing piece of legislation, with last minute amendments, and highly misleading Goivernment press statements   at various times - but Sarah Hall (or possibly whoever subbed her copy) has got it completely wrong on this point, and I think the Guardian needs to correct it.

There is in fact no exemption for unamplified music as such - for a public musical performance to be legal the law which require that there in place a license covering it. (With the sole exception of performances in Church, and possibly in certain circumstances some traditional dances.)