It is with a great deal of concern that I read the article: "Why being a fancy flautist won't help win a place at Oxford" (August 27).
As a director of music I have seen over many years the effect that a good music programme has on students. So much research has gone into the amazing benefits that a study of an instrument has on an individual, in particular connecting right and left brain activity.
To be a successful professional, one must also have good interpersonal skills. If they have "no friends", large numbers of professionals will be unable to relate to fellow human beings.
Bruce Hicks, Director of music, Archbishop Beck Catholic Sports College, Liverpool.