Leader comment: Music School has a value beyond its cost in pounds and pence

Pupils from City of Edinburgh Music School protest outside Edinburgh's City Chambers. Picture: Greg Macvean
Pupils from City of Edinburgh Music School protest outside Edinburgh's City Chambers. Picture: Greg Macvean
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The City of Edinburgh Music School, a national centre of excellence, is facing closure in the latest round of council cuts.

Councillors have tough decisions to make but they must consider the long-term impact. Excellence is not easily achieved but, judging by the furious outcry from leading musicians, the school has managed to do just that. So much so that a couple from Malta moved to Edinburgh so their child could attend.

Once such a centre is broken up, it will be hard to recreate. Surely, Scotland will not remain forever in the grip of austerity and cuts and the decision to close the school, if it is ultimately taken, will become a source of considerable regret.

Based at Broughton High and the Flora Stevenson Primary, the school is one of the few places where children whose parents cannot afford private tuition are able to receive an exceptional standard of msucial education. If it is lost, this will only increase a trend that has seen children from wealthy families begin to dominate the arts. And, in an austere world, music is a source of joy for many with a value beyond pounds and pence.