Congratulations to Xen Kelsey for both his walk of over 1000 miles and particularly for his thought-provoking document addressing the appalling state of music education in the UK. Before anyone tries to refute that word, have a look at the statistics (yes I know they lie, but I am not) in conservatoires, summer schools and competitions and at music awareness/knowledge amongst the younger generation. We have let them down - simple as that. And please don't mention the wonderful exceptions - of which there are many but not enough - because they prove nothing. I know I have banged on about this elsewhere, but I am extremely sad at the waste of potential in the UK - maybe even most of the Western World - because of post-1991 apathy.

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