On 15 October at 7:30pm, music gear manufacturer, Casio, and London Live will present a documentary that investigates the state of music education in the UK. The show will also explore how music can impact mental health in a positive way, particularly in young British musicians. It will be aired on Freeview 8, Sky 117, Virgin 159 and YouView 8.
Anthea Turner’s Hot Topics features Anthea Turner dive into hidden stories with big impacts across the UK. Her journeys put her face-to-face with experienced people, discussing the wider national and global implications of some of the nation’s pressing topics. Tonight’s episode will conclude the series, turning to music and speaking with London’s most talented, young, emerging musicians.
Recent research has shown that the music industry contributed £4.4bn to the UK’s economy last year. However, also revealed was a 7.4 per cent drop in the number of pupils choosing to study GCSE Music in 2018, compared to the previous year. Anthea meets with the country’s leading music mentors, ranging from professional pianists to music teachers and music therapists to discuss the issue and inspire young musicians.
Anthea Turner commented: “Music is more than just a hobby – it’s a part of the social fabric of our communities in London and beyond…The future of the UK’s emerging talent is bright, and inspiring community movements continue to persevere despite severe underfunding, but the nation needs to be doing more. The more we support music education, the more opportunities are created which will help future generations to access the magic of music”.
Head of Casio Music UK, Neil Evans commented: “Music has the power to transform lives, which is why we are delighted to join forces with London Live to explore the current state of music education in the UK. Anything we can do to raise the importance of music education will help inspire a whole new generation of musicians. Musical experiences can have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing, so it is vital that these opportunities are accessible to all.”
Tune in to the show on London Live tonight at 7:30 pm on Freeview 8, Sky 117, Virgin 159 or YouView 8. For more info head to music.casio.co.uk