Children and the Arts

I have spent most of the morning at an event organised – brilliantly – by Children and the Arts, one of the Prince of Wales’s charities, based in Oxford House in the Bethnal Grern Road, but, on this occasion, in the Albert Hall.   Of the many speakers and performers, three will particularly stick in the mind.   First was Sam West reminding the audience that the Prime Minister has asked us to approach Brexit with creativity and imagination;  and yet it is precisely these two things which her government is eradicating from the curriculum.   Second was Andrew Lloyd-Webber talking about the experience of taking some kids to see some Burne-Jones windows in the church in their Midlands town.   The third was the Prince of Wales himself, with the long historical perspective, talking about the vision of his great great grandfather (or is it three greats ?) in founding Albertopolis as a centre for music, education, the arts – and science and engineering.   In other words, the arts should not be seen as in opposition to science in the curriculum, but as part of a rounded education.   I agree.


2 thoughts on “Children and the Arts

    • Oddly, the involvement of the Prince of Wales (and Rosie Millard) did feel as if the government might have to pay some attention, not least because it’s surely so obviously not sensible to be reducing extra-curricular cultural activity in Schools.

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