A FREE national event to encourage everyone in the UK to start making music is coming to Chichester and Bognor Regis next month.
Supported by Jools Holland, and run by charity Music for All, the 2019 Learn to Play Day will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, and will see music shops, teachers, venues and schools throughout the county partner with leading musical instrument brands to offer thousands of free music lessons.
Post readers can enjoy the free sessions at: Mikes Music Workshop in Bognor Regis and St George’s Church (run by the Royal School of Church Music) in Chichester.
Since being launched eight years ago, the Learn to Play Day initiative has helped thousands of people pick up and play a musical instrument. Many had never played before, while others played as a child but gave up.
Held in partnership with the Musicians’ Union, the ‘Take It Away’ scheme and Making Music, the Learn to Play Day initiative has been growing in popularity with a record 10,000 free lessons held during last year’s event.
Famed musician Jools Holland said: “As patron of the Music for All charity, I’m delighted to lend my support to National Learn to Play Day on March 23 and 24.
“It’s a pleasure to be able to share the joy of music, and this special day allows thousands to get involved as venues all over the country offer music lessons for free.”
Fellow artist Jamie Cullum added: “National Learn to Play Day gives everyone a chance to play an instrument, even if they’ve never played before. This wonderful day introduces thousands to the magic of music making, and often reunites people with a lost passion for playing. Get involved and perhaps discover a skill you thought you didn’t have!”
Participating venues across Sussex are being added every day. To find your closest free music lesson, visit: musicforall.org.uk/learntoplayday/