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Education cuts mean classical music will be the preserve of the wealthy.

Education cuts mean classical music will be the preserve of the wealthy.

“Of all the previous winners of the BBC competition, I’m the only one to have ever gone through a state school. Regardless of what that statement might mean to me, it’s a damning indictment of the ongoing inequities in our society. If classical music is to continue towards its goal of diversification, we must ensure that opportunities for children from low-income backgrounds to learn instruments and sing are continually available. In the forward to the national plan for music 2011, Michael Gove states: “It is vital that a quality music education is available to all children and young people across the country. It must not become the preserve of those children whose families can afford to pay for tuition and ensemble opportunities.” But how has the government made good on that statement? It seems to me that current moves in policy will greatly undermine such a goal.”

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