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Julian Lloyd Webber says; 'access to music remains out of reach for the majority of England's school children' / CLASSIC fM

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In an article in The Times, Julian Lloyd Webber has attacked the decline in arts subjects in England, saying: "Access to music remains stubbornly out of reach for the vast majority of children from less privileged backgrounds." The cellist, who is now Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, lays the blame with the EBacc. "Since the introduction of the EBacc in 2010, the number of GCSEs taken in arts subjects has declined by 34 per cent," he writes. "Yet judged by any rational criteria, removing arts subjects from the national curriculum makes no sense at all." The EBacc is a set of subjects, chosen by the Government and does not include music, drama or art. Many education professionals say it is driving the decline in arts subjects in schools, although the government has consistently denied this.

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