Classical Music - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:27 am on 7 December 2023.

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Photo of Lord Blunkett Lord Blunkett Labour 11:27, 7 December 2023

My Lords, I wonder whether the Minister will reflect, along with the Arts Council, on the situation in the north of England. With the move of English National Opera to Manchester, the Hallé Orchestra being in Manchester and the Liverpool Philharmonic patently being in Liverpool, east of the Pennines is somewhat bereft of a critical mass, which can be absolutely crucial in encouraging young people to come forward into this critical cultural area. Perhaps the Minister will talk to the Arts Council about this.