Sniping Surrounds ‘Music Manifesto’

The UK government’s new “music manifesto,” which aims to put a renewed emphasis on music education in Britain, is being assailed by several high-profile musicians who say that it offers little in the way of substantive change, and by minority Conservative politicians who declared the document to be “of Wagnerian length with more hot air than the wind section of the London Philharmonic.” When asked for his own vision of how to improve music education, the Tory shadow arts minister suggested that schools should bring back regular hymn singing.