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Classical music should be the birthright of every child but is fast becoming something only for the elite / CLASSIC fM

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Nearly 100 music sector leaders including Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Nicola Benedetti, Julian Lloyd Webber, Alison Balsom and Myleene Klass have written to The Times to express concern that the number of pupils studying GCSE music continues to fall. The letter, published in today's (24 August) The Times and signed by 90 people from across the music sector, said that music is "fast becoming the birthright of the elite."

Figures published yesterday showed that the uptake of GCSE Music has fallen by 15 per cent in England in the last two years. There has been a 7.4 per cent decline in the number of GCSE entries in music since 2017. The letter reads: "Music should be the birthright of every child but it is fast becoming the preserve of the elite."

READ THE FULL CLASSIC fM ARTICLE & WATCH Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano's advice for their 18-year-old self