Local music charity launches sponsored Learn to Play programme

Local music charity the Great Bowden Recital Trust (GBRT) is launching a sponsored ‘Learn to Play’ programme to give 50 local people the opportunity to learn a brass, woodwind or string instrument for the very first time.
This exciting initiative is backed by Waitrose Market Harborough, which has awarded the GBRT £2,000 through its Music Matters scheme. Waitrose, as part of the John Lewis Partnership, has a long tradition of support for music dating back to its first Chairman, Spedan Lewis, who recognised the potential for music to enhance people's lives. The scheme has also received the backing of Harborough music shop MH Music, national charity Music for All, international examinations board Trinity Guildhall and the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

Local music charity launches sponsored Learn to Play programme
The GBRT Learn to Play programme will support budding musicians of any age over a two year period, with key milestones along the way to help take them through the journey of learning a new instrument.

Support includes three months’ free instrument hire, a free exam book with CD and half the cost of fortnightly 20 minute lessons for up to six months. There will also be free workshops, master classes and concerts and, in autumn next year, the top 20 participants will have the chance to compete to win free instruments, with the top three performers receiving a prize.
Participants can learn to play a brass (cornet, trumpet or trombone), woodwind (flute, clarinet or saxophone) or string instrument (violin or cello), so long as they’ve not previously played that instrument or one from the same group.
GBRT chief executive Andrew Cartwright said: “If you’ve ever yearned to play an instrument but haven’t had the opportunity, now’s your chance to give it a try. This new programme will encourage people of all ages within the Harborough area to take up an instrument, learn new skills and enjoy making music, which supports GBRT’s principle aim - to provide music development, appreciation and participation for all.”
The scheme, which kicks off in September, is open to anyone living within 10 miles of Market Harborough. There’s a registration fee of £20 and registration forms can be downloaded from GBRT’s website www.gbrecitaltrust.co.uk. The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014 and the GBRT will consider applications on a first come, first served basis, with the first 50 registrations received being successful. Any unsuccessful applicants will have their registration fee refunded.

Image: GBRT chief executive Andrew Cartwright (back, centre), GBRT members, Waitrose staff and Matt Hankins from MH Music (back row, fifth from left) invite you to Learn to Play!