Andrew Lloyd Webber calls for better Government support for the arts in schools

The plea comes as the composer revealed he gave more than £4 million to projects across the country to pay for musical instruments and lessons for youngsters in 2017. ITV News reports.

Lord Lloyd-Webber, a Tory peer, told ITV News: “I feel passionately about the importance of music in in education and never has there been a moment where the arts have so important in schools.”

report by the Education Policy Institute suggests schools have whittled down the number of pupils taking dance and fine art at key stage four, after reforms pushed pupils towards more traditional academic subjects such as geography and English.

The 70-year-old criticised the educational system for failing to see how music can support behavioural and academic success.

“It’s ridiculous because it’s only about hitting artificial targets that are about so-called academic achievement.

“If you study music in any kind of form you’re going to be very much up to speed with maths.

“One of the things that concerns me deeply, is the lack of diversity in the theatre because of the fact that stage schools are expensive to go to.

“It’s wrong because then you tend to get children from a background where there is money. Therefore the actors I tend to see in auditions come from a limited background, this is wrong.

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