SCOTLAND is leading the UK nations on providing children with vital access to music education, according to top musician Professor Nicholas Daniel.

The oboist and conductor said England, Northern Ireland and Wales need to “catch up” after the Scottish Parliament vowed to provide all children with free music lessons this year.

Professor Daniel, 59, spoke after receiving an OBE for services to music at a Windsor Castle ceremony hosted by the Princess Royal on Tuesday.

He said: “Music is like oxygen, it’s free for all of us, it’s completely a human right.