14th November 2014 Dear Nicky Morgan,
The task is huge. So many mute instruments piled up. Case upon case boxed in bubblewrap indicate huge numbers of people who have donated these instruments are passionate about musical knowledge. I was moved. These instruments are a gift of human potential from one generation to the next generation. Music and the arts reveal to us the past, past extraordinary complexity and endeavour, but also point to hope for the future. Musical instruments are tools of hope in that process. Will you join James Rhodes and the 1000’s of people concerned with current education policy and realize schools are so much more than places for studying a limited lunchtime menu of subjects aimed at the job market. Schools are sources of inspiration for a rich and fulfilled life.