Sir, I applaud the BBC Proms for broadening the appeal of classical music beyond its normal audience.
Music may be integral to the portrayal of sport in popular culture, but the dominance of sport in this culture makes it hard to make classical music accessible for all.
Governments, aided by the media, regard participating in sport as vital for young people’s physical and character development. This is not true of music, despite its study helping people to develop skills such as teamwork, discipline and creativity. Sadly, music is often under threat in state schools due to centrally mandated curriculum changes which emphasise “vocational skills” and the widespread misconception that classical music is boring and elitist.
Only by making learning a musical instrument as ubiquitous as learning to kick a football around can we ensure that music has a sporting chance.