I love music. But I can’t sing. I was one of those children who was told to ‘mouth the words’ whenever our class had to sing something.
I’ve usually got some tune ringing round my head. For a couple of weeks it was Bright Eyes
after it featured in the comedy Raised by Wolves
. But that’s been pushed aside by When The Knight Won His Spurs
after hearing it sung beautifully by the Kent College Choristers in the BBC’s School Choir of the Year 2015 last Sunday
The programme was a joy. Six junior school choirs sang their hearts out in the semi final. I’m glad I wasn’t a judge because I loved them all. And there’s more to come – it’s the secondary school semi final this afternoon.
That’s why my heart sank when I read a comment
by John Kerr, head of Enfield Grammar, who said budget restraint means the curriculum would need to be slimmed down with ‘minor subjects like art and music’ being cut.
He recognised this would ‘severely’ narrow the curriculum but they would nevertheless be first in line for the axe.
Schools minister, Nick Gibb, told the World at One
that such subjects are important. He’s right although he seemed to be stressing their ‘academic’ side.
Singing is fundamental. Carers croon to babies as well as talk to them. Even mine were subjected to maternal croaking. And I’ve heard music speaks to the elderly with dementia when other faculties have gone. I witnessed this myself when I attended a Christmas party at a nursing home. There was a karaoke but most of the tunes were modern pop such as Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
or Feliz Navidad
. I spotted Away in A Manger
and asked the DJ to play it. As soon as the tune began the small group of residents began to sing – and they were word perfect.
So let’s have no talk about dropping music.
Further information about the competition is here