Council U-turn over plans to charge pupils for learning instruments

Pupils playing musical instruments at Broughton High School.

Pupils playing musical instruments at Broughton High School.

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CITY bosses have performed a dramatic U-turn over plans to charge pupils for learning instruments at school.

Officials wanted to scrap free music tuition in a bid to save £1.7 million from the council's budget.

But they have now backtracked following a public outcry and high-profile objections from a range of top musicians.

Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson and superstar violinist Nicola Benedetti were just two of those to raise concerns that the change would “rob” youngsters of the chance to fall in love with music.

A council spokesman said officials were now trying to find other areas in which to save costs.

Edinburgh Council is one of the few local authorities in Scotland still to provide a free service.