Free music course Learn to Play lands in Cheshire on September 25 and 26, offering free music taster sessions to encourage new and lapsed musicians to experience the joys and benefits of making music.
The initiative, by the charity Music for All, will take place at Altrincham’s Aura Music Academy and will offer free 10-15 minute music lessons. A number of tutorials will also be available to subscribers of Music for All’s YouTube channel from September 25. These will feature the likes of the band Skunk Anansie, David Tench the musical director of The Voice UK, jazz multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson, and more.
By offering free music lessons at venues across the county in person or, for the first time, online, Learn to Play allows all ages and abilities to gain easy access to a wide range of musical instruments and fulfil their dreams of learning to play an instrument. Some of Music for All’s ambassadors and supporters include Ace from Skunk Anansie, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Jools Holland, Chi-chi Nwanoku and Jamie Cullum, Learn to Play ’21 has been growing in popularity. A record 10,000 people picked up and played a musical instrument during the last event in 2019.
Jools Holland commented, “Making music is very important to me. It’s my work, my pleasure, my friend, companion and therapist. The charity Music for All believes passionately in the unique power of music to change lives, and that’s why it runs Learn to Play, which last time provided over 10,000 free introductory lessons in 120 venues across the UK. So, if you’re a budding or lapsed musician, or you’d like to be a venue that holds a Learn to Play event, please visit the Music for All website and sign up. Thank you.”
Tony Followell, Chair of Trustees at Music for All, added: “Being able to offer free music taster sessions to everyone is so very important. People may not have had the opportunity to pick up an instrument in the past and experience what joy can be found in making music. We encourage the people of Cheshire to book their places today to discover what could be a new hobby or even career. Spaces are booking up fast so act now to avoid disappointment. We look forward to meeting and teaching as many people as possible.”
Image: Jools Holland, courtesy Damien Everett/Creative Commons.