Thanks to everyone for the extensive support and encouragement for SHOUT OUT! MUSIC EDUCATION FOR ALL this week! Here is today's haul: TV presenter Clemency Burton-Hill and cellist, composer and very constructive thinker Philip Sheppard both have some strong words for us.
Meanwhile a message from 'Add Music to the English Bacc' tells us that the implications of excluding it from the subject range would be much more far-reaching than simply leaving musicians unqualified: it would most likely mean that music would not remain in the National Curriculum at all. The fight is in fact for its very survival.
The new issue of Classical Music Magazine, out today, is guest-edited by Julian Lloyd-Webber and is devoted to the issues surrounding music education. It's a matter of urgency. It takes so long to build up a system - yet a whole generation's hopes and aspirations can be swept away along with that system at one stroke of a politician's pen. Don't let it happen.