Music tuition cuts – Midlothian Council backs down

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Midlothian Council has backed down on proposed music tuition cuts in its schools after a musical flashmob demonstrated outside its Dalkeith chambers.

According to the Edinburgh Evening News, plans to axe music tuition were rejected during the Council’s 2019/20 budget meeting on Tuesday 12 February 2019 after a petition set up by Former Scottish National Party MP for Midlothian, Owen Thompson, carrying more than 12,000 signatures was delivered at 9am.

Video © Chris Fraser

With support from the Musicians’ Union and Save Midlothian Music Tuition, a large flashmob gathered before the meeting, carrying posters and playing instruments. Pupils from local schools joined in and there was support from local bands and ensembles.

Owen Thompson said:

‘Music bring so many benefits to so many people and the ability to learn an instrument at school is critical in protecting our cultural heritage.’

Header photo: Young people demonstrate against music tuition cuts © Save Midlothian Music Tuition

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