Horsham based charity Music for ALL has a huge array of excellent instruments, a virtual Aladdin’s Cave, and will be delighted to present one to any suitably deserving local recipient meeting the simple selection criteria in the easy to enter Christmas Competition.
MfA Chief Executive Paul McManus tells the District Post: “We ran a competition last year and it was wonderful when we were able to hand over a lovely guitar to a budding young local musician – and the good news is that this year’s competition is even bigger and better! At MfA we are thrilled to have been donated a truly superb range of instruments, all in tip top condition, and we are looking forward to sharing this good fortune with the good people of the Horsham District just in time for Christmas! So, whether you are a private individual, school or community project just follow the simple competition guidelines shown below and we look forward to hearing you – the more the merrier!” Paul continues: “Playing music has really changed my life and I’d love to give others the same opportunity that I was fortunate enough to have – to enable them to experience the joy of music making with one of our fantastic instruments. Our amazing collection comes in three categories – suited for most people either starting or already playing we have an enormous supply of acoustic guitars – including several Fenders and many other brands to die for, together with amplifiers, an effects pedal board, ukeleles, banjos, flutes, a clarinet, marching tenor horn, mellophones and even a Yamaha keyboard.” While, for more experienced musicians MfA have, among a host of other items, a twelve string guitar, Vox amplifier, effects board, Roland and Yamaha keyboards, saxophones, and, incredibly, a Euphonium, Paul adding: “For schools, colleges and community projects we have a Yamaha Clavinova, 18 pairs of AKG headphones, 20 recorders of different sizes and two ‘Build a Musical Instrument’ kits.” MfA supporters include Gareth Malone, Jools Holland and many other well known names, and the feedback received following donations is truly hear-warming.
HOW TO ENTER – there is no age limit – to be in with a golden, unique chance of winning a marvellous instrument for the festive season, all you have to do is to email Music for All – firstname.lastname@example.org – putting Christmas Competition in the subject line – with no more than 200 words saying why you feel you deserve to receive one of the instruments and how it would impact on you. For those having lessons, it would be useful to include a quote from your teacher, and please add your Post Code and contact telephone number. The only stipulation is – one entry per person, school or project – and MfA will just need winners’ photographs and names to be posted on social media, so that the members of the public who have donated the instruments can see that their generosity has benefited deserving musicians.
MfA will invite the winners to attend a special photo shoot on the morning of Wednesday December 19 and a full list of the lucky recipients will be announced in the Christmas edition of the District Post. Make your Christmas a special one – good luck from everyone at MfA and the District Post1 THE CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS 5pm ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 14, with the judges considering entries over that weekend.
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