A national music competition for school children, announced by David Cameron and Gary Barlow in the run-up to the last general election appears to have been swept under the rug. The “School Stars” contest — announced in the battleground constituency of Crewe and Nantwich — was supposed to be “rolled out to schools across the country” but seems to have sunk without trace.
Despite a press release claiming the scheme was backed by “major players in the music industry”, the project seems to have gone the way of Barlow’s acting career. Grand promises of the winner recording with Tory-supporting Barlow were made, as David Cameron milked the photo opportunity with smiling children:
“The competition will use the inspirational power of music to reach as many pupils as possible with a format which will unearth talent, ability and excellence around the country.”
The cynicism was compounded by launching the doomed project in Nantwich, a seat the Tories had won in a by-election and were trying to hold on to.
Sadly, the Prime Minister’s grand scheme to convert the state school system into an episode of High School Musical never progressed beyond a gimmick.
Or maybe we just need to have “a little patience”?