Vi­tal lessons

BBC Music Magazine - - Letters -

★aving read Richard Mor­ri­son’s Oc­to­ber opin­ion piece I thought back to my own mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion. Like most chil­dren I didn’t re­ally have much ap­ti­tude or in­deed much in­ter­est in play­ing an in­stru­ment, given my com­plete in­abil­ity to co­or­di­nate my brain and my hands. ★ow­ever, what I got from those lessons was a life­long ap­pre­ci­a­tion for clas­si­cal mu­sic. I dis­cov­ered Smetana’s Vl­tava at the age of 13, still my favourite piece of mu­sic in any genre, and I dis­cov­ered so much else be­cause of the in­ter­est it en­gen­dered in all clas­si­cal mu­sic. My chil­dren have missed out on that in their own schools as mu­sic has slipped fur­ther down the cur­ricu­lum. We will be much poorer as a coun­try be­cause of it and I fear it is ir­re­versible, de­spite the fan­tas­tic job that BBC Mu­sic Mag­a­zine is do­ing.

David Pearce, via email

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