Former Blur frontman Damon Albarn has called upon the British government to force children to be taught music in school - to encourage the next generation of budding rock stars.
The singer/songwriter, who studied classical compositions as a kid, insists that young people need to be given music classes to learn to read notes, enabling them to write their own music.
He says, "The idea of it (music) being completely absent from the most important exams of your childhood is disgraceful. I used to write for small orchestras when I was 15.
"I think that anyone who is interested in music should be forced to learn that discipline. If you don't learn to read music, then there's a whole tradition that becomes very exclusive - and shouldn't be."
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