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Amy Schumer Chooses Not to be Complicit Opts Out

Amy Schumer arrives at the world premiere of “I Feel Pretty” at the Westwood Village Theater in Los Angeles.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)Don’t look for Amy Schumer in any Super Bowl LIII commercials this time around. She’s sitting this one out as she stands with Colin Kaepernick and his take-a-knee protest against racism and police brutality.The comedian and “I Feel Pretty” actress explained her stance at length Friday on Instagram, challenging white NFL players to kneel as well. Addressing them directly, she wrote: “Otherwise how are you not complicit?”Of her plan to steer clear of Super Bowl ads, she said: “I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all I got.”Diddy, Jessica Seinfeld and Christie Brinkley offered her support among more than 8,000 comments left on her post. It was not immediately clear whether she had been approached to appear in an ad during the big game.In 2016, Schumer appeared with Seth Rogen in a political-themed campaign for Bud Light, “Raise One to Right Now,” during Super Bowl 50.“Hitting the nfl with the advertisers is the only way to hurt them,” Schumer wrote of her ban. “I know opposing the nfl is like opposing the nra. Very tough …” read more

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Ohio State mens basketball drops under 500 with 8176 overtime loss to

OSU freshman JaQuan Lyle (13) takes a shot over two UT Arlington players during a game on Nov. 20 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. OSU lost 73-68. Credit: Hanna Roth | Lantern PhotographerBefore the season, the meeting between Ohio State and Memphis in Miami, Florida, for the HoopHall Miami Invitational was seen as a premium nonconference affair.The teams have been mainstays in the NCAA tournament in recent years, led by a great deal of athleticism.However, for whatever reason, each team has failed to live up to the standards attached with its gaudy prestige this season.The Buckeyes and Tigers each came into the game 2-2, with a mutual loss to mid-major University of Texas-Arlington. The teams continued their shaky showings of the 2015-16 campaign on Friday, but Memphis ended up hanging on in overtime for an 81-76 victory.The game was an up-and-down ride for both teams, highlighted by turnovers and fouls.An 11-4 run early in the first few minutes of the second half enabled the Buckeyes to open up a nine-point lead, but, as a model of the inconsistency shown so far this year, a 14-2 run by the Tigers put coach Josh Pastner’s team back on top. That Memphis (3-2) run was highlighted by OSU turnovers on five of six possessions.The Buckeyes (2-3) answered back from there, clamping down on defense to take a four-point lead into the under-eight minute timeout.Not to be outdone or buck the roller-coaster trend, Memphis answered with a 9-0 run to grab a five-point lead with just over four minutes left.OSU later found itself trailing by three with under a minute left, but a 3-point make by sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop knotted the game at 75.The Buckeyes forced Memphis junior forward Shaq Goodwin to miss a turnaround jumper on the ensuing possession, giving the Scarlet and Gray the ball with a seven-second difference between game and shot clock.Lyle airballed a floater with the shot clock expiring, which was caught by Goodwin, who immediately launched the ball the length of the court after losing track of the game clock.Goodwin was whistled for a travel on the full-court heave, but a review found that the shot clock went off before the rebound, giving the Tigers the ball. The shot as time expired fell short, however, sending the game to overtime.The ability for either team to put the ball in the basket largely disappeared in overtime. Goodwin hit a jumper early and the Tigers did not hit another shot, but that turned out to be all they needed, as that first made shot never came for the Scarlet and Gray in overtime, sealing the loss. OSU missed all five of its shot attempts in overtime.For the game, OSU coughed the ball up 19 times, compared to Memphis’s 15 turnovers. OSU also committed more fouls, 28-22.Despite its inconsistency, OSU was rescued by a star performance from freshman guard JaQuan Lyle, as well as a pair of sharpshooters off the bench.Lyle led the way with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting, while also chipping in eight assists. He received help in the second half from redshirt sophomore guard Cam Williams and freshman guard Austin Grandstaff, who combined for three 3-pointers in the latter stanza when the momentum was shifting away from the Buckeyes.Memphis was kept alive by its dominance at the free-throw line, hitting on 28 of 36 shots at the charity stripe. Goodwin and senior guard Ricky Tarrant Jr. led the way at the line for the Tigers, hitting nine and 14 shots, respectively.Goodwin was also the leading scorer for the Tigers with a career-high 23 points, hitting seven of 10 field-goal attempts as well as all nine tries at the line. However, he was hindered by foul trouble throughout the second half.Junior forward Marc Loving was the leading scorer for the Buckeyes behind Lyle, scoring 17 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. For the game, the Buckeyes were 9-of-22 from beyond the arc, but just 11-of-19 from the free throw line, continuing their struggles there.The Buckeyes’ bid to end their losing ways is unlikely to get any easier, as they are next set to host No. 12 Virginia on Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. read more

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Noah Brown accentuates his role as No 1 wide receiver

NORMAN, Okla. — After Ohio State’s 48-3 victory against Tulsa in Week 2, coach Urban Meyer was asked about the health of redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown. Meyer said that Brown was 100 percent healthy from last season’s broken leg injury, but Brown was not quite up to the speed he was at when his injury occurred.The question concerning Brown’s health circled after just one catch for 16 yards and few targets in Week 2. On Saturday against Oklahoma, Brown answered all questions with a dominating performance.The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Brown hauled in four touchdowns on five receptions and 70 yards versus the beleaguered Sooners’ secondary. The four scores tied a school record set three times before.“It’s been awhile since I’ve had four touchdowns in a game before,” Brown said. “To come in here, it means a lot into a hostile environment and take out a victory with my brothers.”Brown’s first score came on a third down and one from the four-yard line. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett saw Brown had single-man coverage and Barrett delivered a perfect ball to his receiver’s back shoulder to put OSU up two scores. After that, the Sooners’ defense had no answer for Brown.The very next play after Oklahoma’s quarterback Baker Mayfield threw an interception to redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore, Barrett found Brown in single-man coverage again for a 37-yard touchdown. And then with the clock winding down in the first half with no timeouts, Brown made a miraculous play that solidified momentum that the Buckeyes would not relinquish.Barrett underthrew a pass to the back-left pylon that Brown pinned with one hand against the back of Oklahoma junior cornerback Michiah Quick. The 21-yard score was Brown’s third consecutive touchdown of the night with just six seconds remaining in the first half.“Anytime J.T. puts the ball in the air, he’s putting trust in me, and I try to come down with the ball,” Brown said. “I think I have a bigger frame. I’m able to box out a little bit so in the redzone that’s what I was able to do today.”The Flanders, New Jersey, native was talked about all preseason and last season as a player who could be the next great wide receiver in a program that has produced multiple high-round NFL draft picks. Brown displayed his size and athleticism on his first career touchdown catch against Bowling Green, but to catch not one, but four in one of the most hostile environments in college football encapsulates the hard work he put in to overcome adversity.“It was great to see Noah Brown — I didn’t even realize he had four touchdowns,” Meyer said. “Sometimes good things happen to good people, and he’s a great person that went through an extremely tough injury, so it warms your heart to see him have that type of experience, especially on the road in that type of environment.”Like many members of this maturing OSU roster, Saturday was Brown’s first challenge on the road. Meyer said that he “swallowed hard” when the team loaded the bus in Columbus. The offensive line wasn’t polished, the offense had a poor first half the week before, the defensive tackle position was thin, and the receivers didn’t possess an identity.By the time Meyer and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops met at midfield, OSU hid its growing pains in Brown’s superiority on Saturday night.Brown’s fourth and final touchdown came from Barrett early in the third quarter, topping a career-best performance and four straight OSU drives that ended with the ball in Brown’s hands in the endzone.Barrett has said before that Brown is the No. 1 guy he feels most confident throwing the ball to. While the team’s speed on the ground has been its bread and butter for the first three games, seeing Brown make one-on-one catches in the endzone on a consistent basis gave OSU the stability it needed to dominate a top-15 opponent on the road.“My teammates really had my back and supported me (through injury) and helped me get to where I am,” Brown said. “I owed it to them to play well when my number is called.” read more

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Commentary Jim Tressels resignation leaves Buckeye Nation confused with mixed emotions

Having spent most of my 22 years of life in Columbus, and being a current student at The Ohio State University, one would think that I, of all people, would have an opinion — or at least a coherent thought — about the resignation of former OSU football coach Jim Tressel. But I just don’t. The disaster that has been the OSU football program since the Dec. 23 announcement that six players had been suspended for a portion of the 2011 season for breaking NCAA rules has ultimately left me with feelings of numbness, confusion and indifference toward my hometown Buckeyes. A part of me thinks Tressel got what he deserved. He withheld, and lied about, information to NCAA officials regarding his players’ violations. No man, no matter how great of a coach, is bigger than the university, and Tressel’s resignation was inevitable. But, another part of me wants to blame the players. If Terrelle Pryor, Mike Adams, DeVier Posey, Dan Herron, Solomon Thomas and Jordan Whiting had never sold their memorabilia to Eddie Rife at the Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor, Tressel wouldn’t have been put into the position to lie to protect his players. And, at the same time, part of me wants to blame Tressel for recruiting these players, particularly Pryor, in the first place. Whether it be Maurice Clarett, Troy Smith, Ray Small or Pryor, there always has been at least one headache-inducing player on each of Tressel’s teams, and it ultimately caught up to him. Another part of me is upset that OSU just lost one of the best coaches in college football. Regardless of how it ended, no one can deny the merits of his 106-22 record, 2002 national title and five BCS Bowl wins at OSU. But then another part of me is excited for the change of pace that Tressel’s permanent replacement will bring. Show me a Buckeye fan who hasn’t secretly fantasized about Urban Meyer pacing the sidelines at the Shoe as his spread offense destroys opposing Big Ten defenses, and I’ll show you a liar. However, despite being mentally divided about who to blame and whether to be scared or excited by Tressel’s resignation, my brain can agree on one thing, and that’s the source of my confusion. I can take solace in knowing that OSU is not the only campus on which these types of violations occur, but the way in which Tressel and school officials handled the matter should be used as a lesson to aspiring public relations students on how not to do their jobs. It should never have come to this, with allegations and revelations about Tressel and the Buckeyes being a fixture of each day’s news. Yet, thanks to the potential that comes along with the OSU program, my disappointment is joined by feelings of confusion and optimism. read more

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Ohio State baseball players Greg Greve Jacob Niggemeyer selected in MLB Draft

Then-senior pitcher Greg Greve (32) throws the ball during a game against Penn State April 19 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU lost, 7-5.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorTwo Ohio State baseball players might be heading to the major leagues after being selected in the 2014 MLB Draft Saturday.Right-handed pitcher Greg Greve, a senior during the 2014 season, was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 29th round. Greve led the Buckeyes with seven wins during his senior campaign, was named to third team All-Big Ten team and finished with a 3.36 ERA in 85.2 innings with 14 starts.Greve, a Cleveland native, was previously selected in the 45th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the San Francisco Giants before heading to OSU, where he started 12 games as a true freshman.In addition to Greve, Jacob Niggemeyer, a 2014-15 commit, was selected in the 28th round by the Chicago Cubs. Niggemeyer, who played baseball at Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell, Ohio, was named OCC-Central player of the year and first team All-Ohio during his junior and senior seasons.Niggemeyer finished with a 9-2 record and a 0.53 ERA in his senior year of high school. A right-handed pitcher, Niggemeyer also hit for a .350 average, including 10 doubles and 30 runs batted in.A recently drafted NFL player was also selected by an MLB team Saturday: Cleveland Browns quarterback and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was selected in the 28th round by the San Diego Padres.Manziel was selected with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Browns in May.There are currently three former OSU baseball players in the majors: Nick Swisher plays for the Cleveland Indians, J.B. Shuck for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Cory Luebke for the San Diego Padres. read more

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Mens Hockey Ohio State prepares for weekend series against Robert Morris

Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo during the game against Ryerson on Sep. 30. Ohio State lost 7-4. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Lantern ReporterAfter earning its first series sweep of the season in two road games against University of Massachusetts Amherst, Ohio State (3-1-2, 1-1-0-0 Big Ten) moves on to play a set of games this weekend against nonconference opponent Robert Morris (2-3-0, 2-3-0 Atlantic Hockey).The Colonials come into this matchup having split a pair of games against Army. Splitting the series has been the trend for Robert Morris thus far, as the team has alternated between wins and losses for all five games. Robert Morris relies heavily on senior forward Brady Ferguson, who broke the Colonials’ single-season scoring record with 58 points in 38 games last season. The 58 points landed Ferguson fifth in the NCAA in scoring.“[Ferguson]’s very good at faceoffs. He’s an excellent hockey player,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “If you lose focus and lose where he’s at on the ice, he’ll make you pay, and certainly we have to be aware of it.”The Buckeyes jumpstarted their power play in the first game of the series against UMass with two goals from junior forward Mason Jobst while on the man advantage. Ohio State began the season 0-for-20 on the power play before Jobst snapped its scoreless streak.On the other side, the penalty kill continues to hold strong, as the man-down unit has given up only one goal through the first six games, killing off 20-of-21 power plays.“It starts with guys buying in, and your goaltending, your goaltender is always your best penalty killer, and [redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo]’s certainly been that for us,” Rohlik said.Romeo continues to make waves for Ohio State as the season progresses, allowing just one goal in the UMass series and collecting his first collegiate shutout in the process. The Big Ten named Romeo its Third Star of the Week for his performances against UMass.When looking back at his recent string of success, Romeo cited the performance of the teams in front of him rather as the primary factor behind his standout play.“Everything in our zone has been awesome,” Romeo said.  “With breaking out the puck quickly, not spending much time in our end, guys picking up bodies in front of the net, it’s making my job a lot easier.”Ohio State sits eight votes away from a spot in the USCHO Division I Men’s Poll, and is trending upwards after two strong victories against UMass last weekend. The Buckeyes move back into conference play against No. 8 Notre Dame next weekend, so it might be Ohio State’s last chance to get the final bit of rust out of its system. Both puck drops are set for 7 p.m. in the home-and-home series. The Schottenstein Center will be the venue for Friday and the Colonials Arena in Pittsburgh will be the scene on Saturday. read more

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Mens Basketball CJ Jackson looks to step into leader role next season

Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) points to the crowd after making a three pointer in the second half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Dakich made three of four three point attempts in the first half aiding Ohio State to a 91-69 win. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignWith the loss of Ohio State’s most valuable players in forward Keita Bates-Diop, who left early for the NBA Draft, and forward Jae’Sean Tate, who graduated, the Buckeyes come into the 2018-19 season looking to find new scoring outlets, as well as new players to step up into the leadership roles.Senior guard C.J. Jackson seems to be the lead candidate, and he said he is ready to make that jump.“Yeah, definitely,” Jackson said when asked if he viewed this team as his. “I’m kind of the one with the most experience coming back, but not just me personally, like my team, it’s kind of all of our team.”Jackson played in all 34 games last season for Ohio State and averaged 12.6 points per game on 41.6 percent shooting, including 37.9 percent from behind the arc.With Tate and Bates-Diop gone, the Buckeyes face a possible down year following a season with an unlikely tournament appearance and a 15-3 record in the Big Ten.This year, Jackson said the underdog mindset is still there from a season ago because of the amount of turnover on the roster.“This team hasn’t proved anything,” Jackson said. “We have to come in with the same mindset as we did last year, as far as we just have to do it for each other, do it for the coaches, and nothing else matters.”Jackson attended a leadership camp for Athletes in Action this summer in an attempt to become the leader his team needs. He said the experience taught him to be heard by his teammates, a year after he said he was not “being vocal in practice, off the court.”“The coaches sent me, basically to be a leader for this team,” he said. “That kind of helped me see where my strengths are as being a leader and what I need to work on.”With this being his senior year, Jackson said he has his mind set on savoring the moment and leaving a positive impact on the future of Ohio State basketball.“I’m just trying to enjoy every moment at this point, really value my relationships, my days here I know are very limited, and I kind of don’t want to have any bad-attitude days,” Jackson said. “I just want to go out and leave the program in a good spot.”Jackson already became the second-highest scorer per game on the team a year ago. But, in his final year for Ohio State, the expectations are heightened for him to take over. read more

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Criminal gangs running illegal waste disposal dumps are to be targeted in

A Government review will be carried out to try to work out better ways of targeting the criminals, as well as how police, the local community and the Environment Agency can work together.Lizzie Noel, who will lead the review, said: “The health of our communities, environment, and economy is being harmed by organised groups committing serious waste crimes.“This review is an opportunity to properly understand the extent of this criminal activity, and I look forward to working with a range of partners to ensure our response is robust and effective.”Last year, the Environment Agency closes down two illegal waste sites each day. Recent prosecutions have highlighted the extent gangs have come to dominate elements of the waste industry.Earlier this year two people from London were arrested in connection with running a waste disposal racket that was a cover for fraud and money laundering with links to gangs in Lancashire, Middlesborough, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Kent. Organised criminal gangs that fly tip and dispose of waste illegally on an industrial scale are to be targeted in a Government clampdown launched today.The move is intended to tackle the 850 new illegal waste sites discovered each year that are estimated to cost the taxpayer more than £600 million annually.A Home Office study found that criminal networks are using illegal waste management operations, including running huge waste sites, as a cover for crimes such as money laundering, human trafficking, fraud and the supply of drugs and firearms.Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, said: “Organised criminals running illegal waste dumps and fly-tipping are blighting local communities. They cost our economy vast amounts of money, pollute our environment and harm our wildlife.“We must crack-down on these criminals who have no regard for the impact they have on people’s lives. The time is right for us to look at how we can best tackle these antisocial and inexcusable crimes”. Fly-tipping is thought to cost the country millions of pounds to clean upCredit:Chris Radburn/PA Fly-tipping is thought to cost the country millions of pounds to clean up Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Homeless London Marathon impostor who dedicated finishing race to his son jailed

A London Marathon impostor who swiped a lost race number to see “a dream come true” has been jailed for 16 weeks.Stanislaw Skupian crossed the finish line with legitimate runner Jake Halliday’s number after spotting it 300 metres from the end of the 26.2-mile race, Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday.The homeless 38-year-old was pictured celebrating with a finisher’s medal he was handed for crossing the finish line on April 22, and dedicated his run to his seven-year-old son.Mr Halliday, who was running for charity Bloodwise, dropped his number after stopping short of the finish line to take off his T-shirt during the hottest London Marathon on record.Friends later told him someone had been pictured celebrating with his number, with Mr Halliday saying he was “shocked”, the court heard.Defending, Jameela Jamroz said father-of-one Skupian harboured ambitions of running the race and had started training for it.She said: “He wanted to be there, he was excited. He wanted to see the runners. He says by chance he saw a race identifier on the floor. Jake Halliday, whose number was swiped by the impostor “He joined in the marathon and completed the latter part of the race. At the time he hadn’t fully quite appreciated that he was doing anything wrong.”He dedicated the completion of it to his seven-year-old son and to homeless people to inspire them that good things can happen to those that are less fortunate.”London Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel said the episode could be seen to damage the reputation and integrity of the race, regarded as one of the best organised in the world, the court heard.Skupian has lived in the UK for around 11 years and suffered a neck injury in a serious car crash at the end of last year, forcing him to take sick leave from a catering trade job, Ms Jamroz said.Around the same time he separated from his wife and become homeless.Shortly before the race Mr Skupian suffered a short, temporary breakdown in his mental state, she added. Skupian, who wore a grey jumper and used a Polish translator, pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity last month to fraud by false representation and to three unrelated counts of theft.”The offences are so serious as only a prison sentence will suffice,” magistrate Michael O’Gorman said.Skupian was sentenced to 13 weeks for the fraud and three weeks for the theft offences, to be served consecutively.He was also given a criminal behaviour order banning him from Heathrow Airport for three years unless he had a pre-booked flight ticket for that day. “In his excitement he picked up the identifier thinking this was his opportunity to compete in the marathon and that this was in fact a dream come true for him. He was arrested after police searched the multi-faith prayer room at Heathrow Airport, where he was found with items including a primary school worker’s ID card and a pink diary holding overtime hours worked by airline staff.Skupian viewed the airport as a temporary home and would pick up left-behind objects to pass to lost property, claiming he was going to return the items, the court heard. Skupian kisses the medal he wrongfully received after crossing the finish line Jake Halliday, whose number was swiped by the impostorCredit:London Marathon Skupian kisses the medal he wrongfully received after crossing the finish lineCredit:Marathon Foto/London Marathon Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Big beasts of the orchestra could become extinct in age of YouTube

Kate Cole, 30, plays violin during the rehearsal for the First Night of The Proms in July 2018 Lucy Noble, director of events at the Royal Albert Hall  Ms Noble said it is “shocking” that children do not have to choose an arts subject for GCSE, while taking a science subject is compulsory.”Some people hate science,” she said. “It is very bias towards a certain area of the curriculum.”  A report last year found that the number of pupils taking arts subjects at GCSE has fallen to the lowest level in a decade, as schools encourage bright students to shun “soft” subjects.The Education Policy Institute analysed the uptake of GCSEs in arts subjects – including art and design, drama and theatre, music, dance, and performing arts – over the past ten years and found that there had been a drastic decline in recent years.  A Department for Education spokesperson said: “High quality arts subjects are an important part of every child’s education and the proportion of pupils taking arts subjects at GCSE has remained largely stable since 2010. Lucy Noble, director of events at the Royal Albert Hall Credit:Andy Paradise The Double Reed Society has run a series of initiatives to try and enthuse the younger generations about their instruments.”One thing is putting on big extravagant shows in public places and playing music people will know from the swinging ’60s, from the films and from the shows. We want to do something elaborate to grab people’s attention,” he said. Research commissioned by the Royal Albert Hall has shown that the number of children learning a classical instrument is falling.Around one per cent of children identified the oboe, French horn, English horn, bassoon or contrabassoon as instruments that they either play or would like to play, a poll of 1,000 children found.Meanwhile, a third of those surveyed chose the guitar, either classical or electric, as an instrument they play or would like to play, and 15 per cent said they want to play the keyboard.Of those who play a musical instrument, a fifth said they were taught via an online tutorial, showing a shift away in the way that young people learn.The situation is “quite serious”, according to Robert Codd of the British Double Reed Society, which represents oboe and bassoon players, as well as their musical relatives such as the english horn, the bass oboe, the contrabassoon and the double bassooon.”I think certainly the numbers have dwindled enormously in the last ten to 15 years,” he said. Kate Cole, 30, plays violin during the rehearsal for the First Night of The Proms in July 2018Credit:Jeff Gilbert/First Night of The Proms “However, the advent of online video means that many are watching music videos without being exposed to the production behind the music, which dramatically reduces the exposure of some lesser-known instruments.” The demise of these orchestral instruments is part of a broader problem, Ms Noble said, which is that ministers do not value music and the arts.”If I was in Government I would ensure it is at the heart of things,” she said. “There must be a lack of understanding. It has got to be taken more seriously.” “Music remains a compulsory subject from age 5 to 14 and we are investing nearly £500 million up to 2020 in a range of music and arts education programmes designed to improve arts provision for all children.”This includes 120 music education hubs set up across the country to give every child the opportunity to play an instrument.”  “Oboes and bassoons are generally not known at all in schools. They might have picture on the wall but they haven’t seen them in the flesh. This has been reflected in the massive falling off of the number of children learning them.” The sheer physical size of the instruments, the complications of the reeds, and the expense of lessons has led to these instruments being sidelined”, he explained.  “I think part of it is the perceptions that guitars, saxophones and so on, are seen as being relevant, cool and part of life whereas some of these others are a bit obscure and not what they would want to be identified with,” Mr Codd said.He described how he hears from “desperate” conductors who are trying to put on concerts for national and regional youth orchestras but struggle to find oboe or bassoon players.”They ask me: ‘have you got any pupils who could come along? We need five bassoonists here, three there, two there…'” They are the big beasts of the orchestra, famous for their booming depths and resounding crescendos.But the days of the oboe, bassoon, french horn and tuba could be numbered, an arts chief has warned, as interest from the younger generations has dwindled to such a low that the instruments now risk becoming extinct.Lucy Noble, the Royal Albert Hall’s artistic and commercial director, has blamed the demise of these orchestral instruments on the fact that the  “YouTube generation” has less exposure to live music.”Encouraging the next generation to take more of an interest in classical instruments is crucial to their survival,” she said.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––”If more is not done to promote the playing of these instruments we risk seeing them disappear from schools, stages, studios and screen.”The future of any instrument is only as strong as the next generation of people willing to learn it. It would be a huge shame if any of these fantastic instruments were to become extinct.”Ms Noble said that over the last 15 years there has been a transformation in the way that young people enjoy music.  “It used to be the case that to experience music one had to see it live,” she told The Telegraph. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more