Andrew Lloyd Webber championed arts education at the Olivier theatre awards last night.
The composer won the outstanding achievement award for School of Rock, and used his acceptance speech to stress the importance of teaching the arts in schools.
Flanked by the young cast of his award-winning musical, Lord Lloyd Webber said: "We need to keep putting pressure on schools to show them that children want to play music.
"It's not about turning people into musicians, it's just about teaching that music can empower you and give you something wonderful in life."
Lord Lloyd Webber wasn't the only influential Olivier award-winner to issue a plea to protect arts education.