‘English education is crap,
All we learn is calypso and rap.’
When I was little our mother sang to us and we heard nursery rhymes on Listen with Mother. We sang at Infant School and at Junior School we joined in with the BBC’s Singing Together and Rhythm and Melody programmes. As a result of those, my head is full of British folk songs, including a lot of seditious Jacobite songs which for some reason were favourites of the producers. At senior school the entire school had hymn practice once a week and we had a weekly music lesson even in the sixth form, whether we were taking music exams or not. All this as well as O and A- Level lessons. I don’t see why it will take £10m of taxpayers’ money to get people to sing in schools unless teachers have forgotten how to sing. Just shows how hard it is to get something back once you’ve let it go slip sliding away.