I’ve always considered music as a business & as my career.

My parents considered music as an extracurricular academic pursuit; something to give a university application or specialist med/law CV a little humanity.

However over my past years with Restore The Music UK, the passionate & inspirational music teachers & students have reminded me that music is so much more than just a means to an end.

Social, motor, and communication skills, neural plasticity, collaboration, a reason to attend school, self-determination, confidence… and simply finding joy in life: all delivered by music education.

Therefore it is a great honour to not only be involved with Restore The Music UK’s annual Battle of the Bands… but to also sit on the competition judging panel, witnessing musical talent from the furthest corners of London.

That being said, it doesn’t really matter who wins these competitions. It doesn’t matter if the students go on to be professional musicians and sell platinum records, or whether music classes are simply the reason they stay in school and complete their GCSCs. What matters is that 30,000 lives have been improved (so far). Plenty more where that came from.

Huge thanks to Crater and John Williams Photography for capturing the day. More info at Restore The Music UK.

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