• Learn To Play 2021

    #LearnToPlay

    After delays and cancellations due to the dreaded C, we’re very excited that Learn To Play is back this year 🎉

    During Learn to Play 2019, over 10,000 participants received a free taster music lesson together with information on buying an instrument and finding local teachers, groups and other fellow musicians!

    Not sure what to expect? Here’s a little round-up of what it is and how to get involved…

    music for all logo making music changes livesWhat is Learn To Play?

    Organised by Music For All, Learn to Play is a national group of events where venues across the UK such as music shops, performance spaces, libraries and educational centres offer free taster music lessons.

    When is it?

    Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September 2021.

    Who can get involved?

    Whether you’re a budding or lapsed music maker you can start your musical journey by attending a Learn to Play ’21 event! Learn To Play events are open to anyone and everyone who wants to take part.

    What does it cost?

    It’s free and open to the public.

    venues nationwide Where does it take place?

    There are events happening in venues up and down the country. Look for an event to join near you here: musicforall.org.uk/learn-to-play

    This year, there will also be an online programme so if there isn’t a venue close by you can still join in!

    How can I get involved?

    Either pop to your local venue and take part (some will be asking you to book a space in advance so do check ahead) or join in online. 

    All necessary Covid safeguards will of course be in place.

    If you’re representing a venue, you can set up your own event and list it here: musicforall.submittable.com

    🎹 Vale Pianos 🎹

    Our very own Take it away music shop member Vale Pianos are taking part in Learn to Play on Saturday 25th September!

    They are offering free lessons in their wonderful shop in Worcestershire.

    Have you always dreamt of playing the piano or keep promising yourself that one day you’ll go back and continue where you left off? Then make it happen this the year! Playing the piano is a wonderful hobby no matter what age you are.

     

    This is a great opportunity to have an informal, sample lesson for you or your child, the lessons are provided by Richard who has a relaxed approach to teaching.

    Piano lessons will be taking place between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm.

    To book your lesson, please phone Vale Pianos on 01386 860419 or email info@valepianos.co.uk

    Whether you’re making a return to music or trying instruments for the first time, we’d love to hear how you get on!

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  • Make Music Day

    #MakeMusicDayUK

    We’ve made it to June, the sun is shining and summer in the UK is feeling very promising!

    This month, we’re very much looking forward to Make Music Day on 21st June. Not sure what to expect? Here’s a little round-up of what it is and how to get involved…

    What is Make Music Day?

    Make Music is a day of celebration of all music around the world! It first happened in France in 1982 on the summer solstice when they had a festival called ‘Fête De La Musique’. This evolved to become Make Music Day which is now celebrated across the globe in over 125 countries.

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    When is it?

    Every year on 21st June.

    Who can get involved?

    Make Music Day is open to anyone and everyone who wants to take part; whether you’re a beginner, amateur or professional musician, interested in classical, rock, jazz or pop, young or old – you’re all invited!

    What does it cost?

    It’s free and open to the public.

    Where does it take place in the UK?

    There are events happening up and down the country. Look for an event to join here: makemusicday.co.uk/events

    Or you can set up your own event and list it here: makemusicday.co.uk/get-involved

    Musicians playing on a bandstand

    How can I get involved?

    This year there will be both digital and socially distanced celebrations including window serenades, listening parties and live streams. There are lots of ways to take part! 

    Have a look at the Make Music Day website by clicking here for 21 ways to get involved

    Making Music UK is also organising a Bandstand project so see if you can join them by checking their website here: makingmusic.org.uk/opportunities/make-music-day 

    There’s a lot of great resources on the Make Music Day website with ideas of what and how to set up your event here: makemusicday.co.uk/resources 

    📣 Calling all Take it away Music Shop members to join in!

    Do you have suitable space for performances?

    Why not invite local musicians to come and play throughout the day to support your local community? Or perhaps set up an open door day so that members of the public can pop in and have a play… they may discover new instruments and become your next customer!

    There are useful resources from the Musicians’ Union, ISM and more including how to set up your own gig, live stream, host online concerts etc. here: makemusicday.co.uk/resources 

    Let us know if you’re planning anything on Make Music Day this year and we’ll see how we can support you here at Take it away. 

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    After a year of restrictions, Make Music Day is going to be the perfect opportunity to celebrate playing music together!

    Tag us on the day and show us how you’re celebrating:

    Make Music Day UK 21 June logo

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