Learn to Play Day 2019 took place over the weekend of 23 – 24 March 2019 and was hailed the most successful one yet. Over 100 venues across the UK took part, giving thousands the chance to try their hand at a musical instrument or brush up existing skills, all free of charge.

Read the MIA’s report of the weekend here.

Many Take it away retailers also got involved, and we were on hand at four of them to see just how successful they were on the day.  Check out our photos below from Forsyth’s (Manchester), Sutton Music Centre (Sutton, Surrey), Trevada (Cornwall) and Hickies (Reading).  According to Forysyth’s: “It was wonderful to welcome so many people to the shop and hear their stories. For some it was a dream come true to have a go on an instrument they’d always wanted to try. For others it helped them overcome the practical or psychological barriers associated with starting a new instrument or returning to one they used to play. And for many children and their parents it was the perfect way for them to try out several instruments before committing to a course of lessons at school.”

Take it away also teamed up with Nottingham Music Hub to make Learn to Play Day last a little longer – on Tuesday 26 March public were able to experience the popular Great Orchestra Experiment by attending the rehearsal, which was opened to the public for the very first time.

Forsyths, Manchester

Forsyths gave 200 free taster lessons on more than 20 different instruments.

Sutton Music Centre, Surrey

Sutton Music Centre offered free 20 minute lessons for piano, drums and guitar on a first come first served basis. On the Saturday they even had a space in the local Sainsbury’s store.

Trevada Music, Cornwall

Most corners of the UK were represented, with plenty of activity at Trevada Music down in sunny Cornwall.

Hickies, Reading

Budding musicians could turn up for free taster lessons on the ukelele and a whole host of other instruments.