Four Culture marked the 5th anniversary of the Music in Secondary Schools Trust Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme. Celebrating the milestone with a special gala concert at the London Palladium, a programme of well-known classics by Mozart, Beethoven and Sibelius was performed by 250 young musicians from the London schools participating in the programme.

Championing the importance of music education, the charity provides free classical instruments, tuition, and opportunities to perform to 3,700 pupils in schools that have a disadvantaged student intake. Now funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust and the Dame Alice Owen Foundation, it has had an overwhelmingly positive impact, visibly promoting pupils’ social behaviour, integration and attendance, increasing engagement and enhancing teenager’s self-image.

Acknowledging the success of the programme, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber spoke to Nina Nannar on ITV News about the need for greater government support for arts education and the additional behavioural and educational benefits it can achieve.

He said, ‘every penny you spend on the arts comes back many many fold’.