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Welsh National Opera chief’s school music cuts fear

3rd February 2015

It could take 15 years before the impact of cuts to music education services are felt, warns the Welsh National Opera’s chief executive.

David Pountney fears a “wiping out” of musical life at the grassroots.

Some councils have cut their support for subsidised school music lessons, while youth orchestras and choirs have also faced a funding squeeze.

Council leaders said they were looking at how to run future services in a “dire” financial climate.

Mr Pountney said the cutbacks were “very worrying.”

“I understand perfectly that local councils are in a terrifically difficult financial situation.

“But we do have to be very careful about stripping away the basic fabric of our cultural lives. And if you start doing that in education and music services at the grassroots level, it’s bound to have consequences later on.”

It could take 15 years before the impact of cuts to music education services are felt, warns the Welsh National Opera’s chief executive.

David Pountney fears a “wiping out” of musical life at the grassroots.

Some councils have cut their support for subsidised school music lessons, while youth orchestras and choirs have also faced a funding squeeze.

Council leaders said they were looking at how to run future services in a “dire” financial climate.

Mr Pountney said the cutbacks were “very worrying.”

“I understand perfectly that local councils are in a terrifically difficult financial situation.

“But we do have to be very careful about stripping away the basic fabric of our cultural lives. And if you start doing that in education and music services at the grassroots level, it’s bound to have consequences later on.”

Read more on the BBC website

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