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Queen's official composer: youngsters are ignorant of classical music because of 'elitist' attitude

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies says centuries of great works could be lost to future generations more interested in “vacuous celebrity culture and inane talent shows"

11:10PM GMT 17 Nov 2013

The Queen’s official composer has warned that hundreds of thousands of British youngsters have never even heard of Beethoven or Mozart thanks to the education system’s “elitist” treatment of classical music.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies said the situation has reached a “serious tipping point” whereby centuries of great works could be lost to future generations more interested in “vacuous celebrity culture and inane talent shows."

He described the standard of music teaching in British schools as a “disgrace” and backed calls for every child to study classical works to help them better understand humanity.

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