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Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic to Open Edinburgh International Festival

March 27, 2019

The Edinburgh International Festival returns this August, bringing 2,600 artists from around the world to the city for 293 performances. Conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra will open the Festival with a free concert for 15,000 people at Tynecastle Park. The concert will feature a selection of great film music – including a focus on the music of John Williams.

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‘Music Needs to Stay on the School Curriculum’, Says Head of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

March 27, 2019

A major new report by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), A New Era for Orchestral Music, polled 850 children aged between 6 and 16, and showed the number of children aged between 10 and 14 who said they were no longer interested in learning a musical instrument quadrupled to 16 per cent, compared to just 4 per cent of Under-10s.

James Williams, director of the RPO, says these figures “underline the work that needs to be done to support young musicians and at a crucial age. Wherever possible, music needs to stay on the school curriculum but, more fundamental than that, teenagers need reassurance that music matters.”

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