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STING’S PLEAD FOR MUSIC LESSONS AT HAY FESTIVAL

“We should stop cutting music programmes in schools, … It’s vitally important that our kids are exposed to music: give them the opportunity to play instruments.” Sting, who left the classroom in the mid-1970s to become a full-time musician, recalled how his favourite lessons involved borrowing as many instruments as he could – “guitars, banjos… nose flutes! And let the kids mess around”. He warned that while the country did not produce much any more, “we do make art and music”.
Sting was at the literary festival in Powys with Trudie Styler, to discuss Twin Spirits, a play they performed on Broadway as an Aids benefit about the 19th Century German composer Robert Schumann and his wife Clara. The couple were accompanied by the Welsh soprano Rebecca Evans, who performs as Clara on stage.
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