Enjoy free music lessons on Horsham’s Learn to Play Day !


Martin Read – Reporter

Learn to Play makes a welcome return on Saturday March 17th.  On that day free music lessons will be available at two locations in Horsham – Queen Street’s Horsham Piano Centre are hosting free piano lessons between 11 and 2, and, at the state of the art QM Studios in Dukes Square, behind the Drill Hall in Denne Road, electric and acoustic guitar and drum tuition will be available from 10am to 2pm. Learn to Play Day is the flagship event of Horsham based charity Music for All, in partnership with the Musician’s Union, the Arts Council’s ‘Take it Away’ scheme and Making Music.                      Jools Holland, patron of Music for All says: “I am delighted to be able to help Music for All in their quest to inspire more people to participate in music making, lending my support to the National Learn to Play Day. That is the day that we offer the general public free music lessons in musical instrument shops and other venues. Whether you used to play or have always wanted to play – this is the day for you!” The charity was formed in 1996 and is run by and linked to some of the biggest names in the musical instrument industry. It is affiliated to the Music Industries Asociation – also based in Horsham’s Barttelot Road – which represents leading companies, including Yamaha, Roland and Fender, in addition to music shops.                                                                                                           Music for All Chief Executive Paul McManus tells the District Post: “We have organised Learn to Play events at around 100 venues across the country – last year 12,000 free lessons were provided. All ages are welcome and the charity wants to offer as many people as possible the chance to play a musical instrument and enjoy free taster lessons. Making music changes lives and ambassadors of the charity include the diverse talents of Dame Evelyn Glennie, Aled Jones, Gareth Malone, Rick Astley, Howard Jones, Hannah Rankin, Rick Wakeman and Al Murray – and many celebrities take part in the day. Only 28% of the UK population plays a musical instrument but over 22 million people want to learn or return to playing, and over 76% of non players say that they regret not taking the opportunity to learn – so come and have a go!”                                                                                                  Music for All provides many different types of instruments for individuals, groups and community projects, Paul McManus adding: “We’re always happy to accept any instruments no longer needed so that we can pass them on to worthy causes nationwide. In addition to guitars we’ve provided violins, keyboards and even a harp and the feedback received is truly heart-warming. Modern life can be stressful, so it’s special that we’re able to make a real difference.” Music for All, Bailey House, 4-10 Barttelot Road, Horsham, RH12 1DQ – 01403 800500 –   

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