Andrew Lloyd Webber has added his voice to criticisms about a UK Government decision to leave arts and culture out of the proposed Emglish Baccalaureate exam system.
In the House of Lords the composer suggested that while the UK Government might not understand the significance of the creative arts and their importance to the UK economy the Chinese did.
“My Lords, the Chinese seem to be taking a different attitude to all areas of the arts," he said."They realise how important the creative industries potentially are to their economy. In everything from applied arts to music to drama, they are actively seeking our teachers as well as sending students to us here to learn. It is vital that the Government take on board that the creative industries are important to our economy and that we must recognise that within education.”