Music crisis is today’s top Scottish headline

Music crisis is today’s top Scottish headline


norman lebrecht

February 23, 2020

This is the Herald this morning.

Opening paragraphs:

MUSIC tuition is in danger of becoming the preserve of the wealthy as soaring fees put it out of reach of thousands of pupils.

Campaigners are now demanding it is classed as a core education subject as new figures show numbers have plummeted where councils have introduced fees, with some areas down by 45%.

Under current rules, the Scottish Government classes instrumental music tuition as a non-core part of the education curriculum…

Read on here.


  • Will Duffay says:

    The Prime Minister, Dominic Cummings, doesn’t believe in the arts, so don’t expect things to improve under the current government.

    • Wesley says:

      You do know that education in Scotland is devolved to the Scottish Parliament and has nothing to do with the current Prime Minister? No? Didn’t think so.

      • V.Lind says:

        Can we assume that Nicola Sturgeon’s “exotic” private life does not involve sneaking off to classical concerts or private oboe lessons?

    • Maria says:

      Really? Don’t think so! Cummings and Boris are certainly not ignoramouses.

      Nicola Sturgeon is in charge of Scotland as First Minister with its own Parliament , laws, language, courts and culture.
      Yet Scotland, being part of the UK, gets piles of money from England via the Barnett Formula, and the legal powers to be able to spend it as they choose, raise their own income taxes (but they won’t!) yet Scotland keep banging on about going independent and rejoining the EU. Put 2p on Scottish income tax and bring in income for music – they have the powers but that wouldn’t happen.