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Arts: Orchestras

Volume 692: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of Building on Excellence—Orchestras for the 21st century as a 10-year mission statement from England's publicly funded orchestras; and whether they are considering any action in support of its aims. [HL3783]

The Government are very interested and encouraged by Building on Excellence—Orchestras for the 21st century, and welcomes this collaboration of the eight orchestras towards a single mission to reach and enable new generations to experience the value of symphonic music.

The mission of these orchestras is consistent with the recommendations in the Music Manifesto Report No. 2 about improved partnership working between music providers to ensure that every child gets the chance to make and enjoy music. The Government have already given their support to these recommendations and will continue to work alongside England's publicly funded orchestras to explore ways to support these shared aims.