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Lucy Thraves

Assistant Editor

Campaign launched for every primary school child to be taught an instrument

4:07, 15th May 2018

Oboist Nicholas Daniel has launched the campaign #everychildamusician, which calls for governments across the UK to offer every primary school child the opportunity to play an instrument at no cost to them or their families.

In a letter to the Observer, past winners of BBC Young Musician including Nicola Benedetti, Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Laura van der Heijden backed the campaign.

The campaign draws inspiration from the London Borough of Newham’s scheme Every Child A Musician, which provides musical instruments and teaching to all primary school children.

#everychildamusician has the support of Harriet Harman MP, who commented: ‘In this country thousands of young people are denied the right to discover their musical potential by a class and postcode lottery. We cannot keep accepting that. We can change it.’

Nicholas Daniel commented: ‘The ability to read, write and perform instrumentally is a right we should be giving all our children, not just a lucky few, and the emotional and educational benefits to them are now proven and irrefutable.

‘We need to give all our children free access to this world and that can only happen with enlightened and inspiring leadership from our elected representatives.’

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