Do children get enough music in school, or out of school? Has the Government got the balance right between the arts, the humanities and the sciences in the curriculum? Do other countries have a better approach? Can the music hubs make a difference, at a time of falling budgets? 

On Monday 30th June, The Purcell School took part in a fantastic event with a lively panel discussion at LSO St. Luke’s.   The event was a Worshipful Company of Musicians debate on music education in Britain, entitled ‘A happy life is a creative life – why every child needs music’, hosted by Richard Morrison, the chief music critic of The Times.  The discussion was illustrated by performances from the LSO Youth Choirs, the Southbank Centre’s Tomorrow’s Warriors and a group of our pupils (pictured), who performed the first movement of Schubert’s Trout Quintet.

Deputy Head, James Harding was on the discussion panel, alongside leading figures in music, education and the media, including Kathryn McDowell, the Managing Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, and Darren Henley, the Managing Director of Classic FM and the author of two important Government reports on music and arts education.