Classical Music - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords am 11:27 am ar 7 Rhagfyr 2023.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley of Knighton Lord Berkeley of Knighton Crossbench 11:27, 7 Rhagfyr 2023

May I ask the Minister to comment at a more grass-roots level? In the last few months, we have lost the Dartington summer festival, which is educational as well; we have lost Oxford Brookes University teaching music; and we have lost a lot of the Cheltenham Festivals’ work. I declare my interest as an ex-director of the Cheltenham international festival of music. I was there for 10 years and commissioned works—more than 100—as my successors continue to do. Not only are we losing this commissioning opportunity, which is so important for young composers, but local audiences in places that identify as being under-resourced in music are losing out.