Standing up for Jackie

I was fascinated to read the supposed defence of Jacqueline du Pre by a supposed friend, Andrew Stephen, in which he accused me - along, presumably, with Lord Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, William Pleeth (Jackie's teacher), Pinchas Zuckerman, Itzhak Perlman, John Williams and hordes of other musicians and relatives - of courting publicity by condemning her portrayal in the film Hilary and Jackie ("She was dreadful but only MS was to blame", 29 January).

What more can be said than, "With friends like Mr Stephen . . . ?"

Julian Lloyd Webber
London W4

This article first appeared in the 26 February 1999 issue of the New Statesman, The police force we deserve?