Elton John’s private music school is joining London’s public performing arts program

Months after announcing its impending move, the Royal Conservatory of Music London has now confirmed that it will join the performing arts program at Hampton Court Palace School, a private primary school.

The move comes as no surprise; Sir Elton John — a close friend of the academy’s director, Andrew Newton — had said that he was strongly opposed to Hampton Court’s decision to downsize its music program last March.

“I believe it is a real catastrophe to cut music in schools across the country, and to get rid of all these amazing music teachers,” John told The Telegraph at the time. “I don’t think you can find two people in this country who love music more than me and Andrew Newton.”

Since John’s statement, the Royal Conservatory has held two rallies in London and a march in Kensington, attended by hundreds of parents, teachers and alumni of the conservatory’s London program.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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