Ed Vaizey: “We have to celebrate the work of the teachers”

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, shared his passion for music education with Classic FM, and outlined how the government will safeguard music-making in the future.

Ed Vaizey is interviewed by Tim Lihoreau

Ed Vaizey attended the Music for Youth Schools Proms at the Royal Albert Hall last night to present Classic FM’s Music Teacher of the Year Award 2012. The annual award recognises the achievements of inspirational music teachers across the UK.

In an interview with Classic FM, Vaizey explained how the government is expanding the In Harmony project, and safeguarding money for music education as well as ensuring music teachers are supported by local councils.

He said: “Behind every great musician, great young musician, sits a fantastic teacher, so we have to celebrate the work of the teachers – they’re the back office of the amazing performances we’ve seen tonight.”

Awards were presented last night to Richard Hallam, MBE, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Keith Farr, Primary School Music Teacher of the Year 2012.

Interview: Ed Vaizey