Henley Culture Review – response from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

As the government's Culture Review became public today, the Principal of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Professor Anthony Bowne, said the UK must embrace creativity and entrepreneurship to ensure economic success.

"I am delighted at the government's widescale endorsement of the Henley Culture Review recommendations, and particularly in recognising the crucial role that conservatoires such as Trinity Laban play in the provision of cultural training.

"I am certain this is because we have shown that we already deliver much of what the report calls for - high level music and dance training across all layers of society resulting in creative, flexible and entrepreneurial musicians and dancers.

"The government's own graduate employment figures show this to be the case - 98% of Trinity Laban's 2009-10 first degree leavers across music and dance were in employment or study six months after graduation - the fifth highest figure across all higher education institutions ('Destination of leavers in higher education', HESA, 2011).

"World Bank statistics show a clear correlation between those countries which invest in higher education and their growth in GDP - but the UK still relies too heavily on traditional learning programmes which are focussed on acquiring knowledge and applying it.

"We live in a different world now, and 40% of children in primary schools will go into jobs that don't exist yet, using technologies that haven't been invented (Karl Fisch, 'Don't You Know') - so, much of this traditional learning is already redundant by the time those students start working.

"Innovation, recognising patterns and creativity - being at the cutting edge of change - these are the skills required by our fast-changing world, and conservatoires like Trinity Laban already equip our students with this training."

Read the review here.

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