Councillor dubs Youth Music Festival 'elitist'


Emily Davies

OSWESTRY’S prestigious Youth Music Festival has been dubbed ‘elitist’ by one town councillor.
Cllr Rebecca Evans made the comment on Wednesday night when she noted the number of private school entries.
She said: “I felt the festival was elitist because of the number of private schools taking part.”
She also questioned why school venues were not used to help reduce the £8,000 required to run the festival and queried why there were so many cups and trophies awarded.
She continued: “It seemed like show up and get a cup.”
But Cllr Martin Bennett, chairman of the Youth Music Festival committee, dismissed Cllr Evans remarks.
He replied: “I am not sure what you mean by elitist?
“Entries come from far and wide and the state sector brings a good number of entries from primary schools, the difficulty comes from the secondary schools, it depends on the teachers.
“The new music teacher at The Marches entered some of her pupils an was thrilled and wants to put more in next year.”
Cllr Bennett also explained the number of cups appeared high because Cllr Evans attended the festival on ‘Winners’ Sunday’.
He continued: “You were seeing the best of the best.”

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