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Lloyd Webber: ‘Cuts to music education in schools are ludicrous’

Andrew Lloyd Webber Andrew Lloyd Webber. Photo: John Swannell
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Andrew Lloyd Webber has labelled cuts to music education in schools as “ludicrous”.

The composer, a staunch advocate of the importance of music in education, used his acceptance speech at this week’s Classic Brit Awards to once again raise the issue and put pressure on the government to do more.

Lloyd Webber was honoured with a special recognition award, honouring his services to musical theatre and arts education.

“It is vital that we keep music in our schools. It is absolutely ludicrous that the government does not understand. Because it’s not about turning children necessarily into musicians. It’s about empowering them in all sorts of different ways,” he said.

The composer went not on to claim that music teaches children to “be all-round human beings” and added: “Everything we can do to put music in our schools, we must.”

Lloyd Webber has previously said the arts “have too often borne the brunt of short-sighted cuts to educational budgets”.