My informant writes: “I know 76 isn’t a ‘milestone’ birthday, but it’s what Jacqueline du Pre [1945-87] would have been today. Gosh. How would she be playing now had not ill-health and death supervened? Would the ‘paring away’ of youthful ardour have happened? Such would have disappointed Sir John Barbirolli, who defended her against those who accused her of exaggeration.”