Now, at the age of 57, I play the violin because I can afford to. By denying access to those pupils whose families cannot, we fail to realise pupils' full potential - the same goes for drama and sport.
Lottery money should be made available for teachers to spot potential talent and nurture it. Access to the Royal College and Academy would therefore be further widened to include the latent talent out there.
Bob Miller Old School Field Chelmsford, Essex