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only 16% of children in this country receive whole class music lessons

Despite the well-evidenced, transformational impact that music has on people’s lives, access to live music in our communities is in crisis. Provision outside London is extremely limited; a staggering 55% of operatic performances take place in the capital. Thanks to local authority spending cuts, regional theatres and touring companies are finding costs impossible to meet. We have been warned by DCMS to prepare for further cuts in 2020 and 2021. Government spending cuts in schools and significant changes to the National Curriculum, have placed particular strain on music education, so that now only 16% of children in this country receive whole class music lessons.

We are redoubling our efforts to take on this challenge, by continuing to produce extraordinary opera, with first class artists, for diverse audiences in areas of the country with little or no opera provision at genuinely affordable prices. We are also investing in our communities to bring music into schools, special needs settings, to elderly people living with dementia and developing our relationships with local choirs.

If you feel the same way we do and would like to make this work possible, then please join us in one of the following ways.

a staggering 55% of operatic performances take place in the capital