A touching Learn to Play Day story

‘Harp on Wight’ held a Learn to Play Day event at Ryde Library on the Isle of Wight. The event organiser, Diana described it as “One of the most magical days of her entire life”…

The team met 5 year old Millie, who was completely entranced by the Harp, and played for a full 35 minutes. Her parents were totally transfixed and overwhelmed and somewhat emotional to see the effect this had on this small child. It was a truly unforgettable moment.

It’s been life changing for that family, and possibly also the Harp on Wight team! Here’s Millie with a little admirer – he also had a go and was – at one year old, their youngest visitor.

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What a week of Music Making in the UK!

Last Wednesday saw the launch of Make Music Day in the UK, a celebration of music making event that takes place in 120 Countries around the World.

We hosted 140 music making events all over the UK, from Aberdeen to Swanage, Swansea to Norwich, and everywhere in between!

And then we held our sixth, annual Learn to Play Day at 100 music shops and other venues across the Country to give the general public free music lessons.

We have had an amazing few days, met some wonderful people and supported thousands of people to either start, continue or return to music making!

Many thanks to all the hard-working venues, shops and musicians that supported the week, we could not have done it without you.

And….big thanks to all our partners and sponsors for the events including Making Music, Classic fm, the Musicians’ Union, Music Sales Group, the Arts Council England and the Take it Away scheme.

Plus…..a very special thanks to The NAMM Foundation who supported both events!

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Here are some of our favourite pictures so far…

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Nina, our new Ambassador!

We are very proud to announce Nina Schofield as a new Ambassador for our charity. Nina said “Music is the universal language that connects everyone. Throughout our lives our memories become intertwined with certain songs and for that music becomes a friend as well as an outlet. That’s why the work Music For All is doing is so vital. Learning to play an instrument develops confidence, helps knit friendships and opens us up to new forms of creative expression. Plus it’s incredibly fun and rewarding!”
And that is not all!
She will be helping with the Learn to Play Day weekend at the Yamaha Music London shop.

Click here for all the details: www.yamahamusiclondon.com

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Learn to Play Day – 9 weeks to go!

We are now getting everything ready for the sixth annual Learn to Play Day taking place on Saturday and Sunday June 24th and 25th.

FREE music lessons for everyone!

We have shops and other venues signed up across the UK and you can find your nearest venue on the locator map at the link below. We are proud to, once again, have the support of the Musicians’ Union and Making Music with the event.

Plus, don’t forget the International Make Music Day that takes place the same week on Wednesday June 21st, all details at www.makemusicday.org/uk if you want to get involved!

All other details can be found at www.learntoplayday.com

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Music for All supports Make Music Day UK

Music for All is very pleased to support Make Music Day UK on 21 June 2017. Make Music Day UK is an annual UK wide, free day of music held in public spaces, from squares to libraries, bandstands to school halls and arts centres, always held on the summer solstice, 21 June.

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This is the UK’s contribution to the international summer solstice music celebration which first started in France in 1982 and now takes place in over 120 countries and 750 cities across the world. Make Music Day UK aims to turn the country into a stage, and offer a full spectrum of performers the opportunity to display their musical skills.

A host of different venues will be looking for musicians of all ages, kinds and musical genres to fill their locations with music.

Make Music Day UK is:

  • performed by anyone, enjoyed by everyone.
  • A way for everybody in the UK to celebrate the summer solstice, enjoying the longest day of the year, while sampling a range of the fantastic music-making which goes on all year round.
  • A DIY celebration of music when almost any way to make music can and will happen.
  • A chance for anyone to have a go at singing or trying an instrument, and finding out how they, too, can become musicians.
  • Make Music Day UK is open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.

When and where will Make Music Day UK take place?

Make Music Day UK will take place on the summer solstice, Wednesday 21 June 2017, in different spaces and places all over the UK.
For all information, go to http://www.makemusicday.org/uk/