Boasting one of the most diverse and thriving music scenes in the world, London is home to some of the world’s best music colleges and universities which grow stronger with each passing year.
The capital city has seen the rise of the rock and roll, pub rock, punk and brit-pop movements and will live to see several more genres emerge.
Over the course of a year, London hosts around 32,000 live music events – more than New York and Paris combined – and is home to some of the world’s most important musicians, bands, orchestras and music colleges.
However, concern surrounding the future provision of education in the capital’s schools and colleges has prompted Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, to commission a new survey into how music education can be improved.
Researchers at the Institute of Education hope to help music services, arts organisations, music colleges and community organisations through the study and determine how widespread the gaps in provision are.
The idea behind the review is to give music students and those wanting to pursue a career in the industry the help and support they need to find ways to develop their talents at university or other learning institutions.
“I am committed to doing everything I can to ensure they have access to all of the facilities and opportunities that the capital offers, no matter what their background or financial circumstances,” Mr Johnson said.
“No city in the world enjoys the range and breadth of musical activity that London does. There are exceptional home grown musicians, established, emerging and yet to be discovered.”
It follows the release of the Henley Review of Music Education with the Department for Education announcing that it will be setting aside £82.5 million in funding for local authority music services.
Other recommendations made in the report by Darren Henley, managing director of Classic FM, include an increase in the amount of time dedicated to training primary school teachers in the subject.
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