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The Schools Minister at the Music Expo

2 years ago


Nick Gibb attended last week’s Music Expo, where he visited the ABRSM stand, gave a short speech and did a Q&A session. Here’s a summary of his speech:

The Minister recalled how in school assemblies they were played classical music, and even though they never knew the names of the pieces, for him it was this introduction that led to a lifelong love.

He explained that this is why he’s keen for primary schools to get involved with the Classical 100 initiative. Classical 100 is a free resource, produced by ABRSM, Classic FM and Decca Records, that is designed specifically for primary schools to help introduce pupils to classical music. Since it was launched in 2015, over 3,000 English primary schools have registered to use the resource.

Nick Gibb

Last month Mr Gibb visited two schools in Birmingham to see Classical 100 in operation. He joined in with a class of Year 3 children in Bournville Junior School who played Beethoven’s Ode to Joy on bell plates and hand chimes.

He said the extra funding for music education hubs should mean all pupils have access to music, regardless of family income, disabilities or special needs.

He concluded by expressing his gratitude to teachers and organisations promoting music education across the country, and offering his support to ensure all pupils receive the high quality music and arts education they deserve.

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