Relief at pledge to spend money on school music

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A MUSIC teacher has applauded the government’s pledge to give £82.5m to music services across England next year.

Patricia Gilbert, music manager at St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary, Havant, said she was relieved with education secretary Michael Gove’s promise to end the ‘musical divide’ between rich and poor pupils.

Mrs Gilbert said: ‘Music at our school is a priority but we have been concerned about proposals to cut funding.’