News: Two Weeks Until the Biggest Ever National Learn To Play Day in the UK

Two Weeks Until the Biggest Ever National Learn To Play Day
It is only two weeks to go to the 2014 National Learn To Play Day (NLTPD), which takes place on Saturday April 12th and promises to be even bigger and better than the previous year. With more than 110 shops set to take part all over the UK there are lots of places to go for a FREE taster music lesson, join in the fun, meet a whole host of celebrities, musicians, and local dignitaries and take advantage of special on the day promotions.

The event is organised by Music for All (MFA), the charity of the UK musical instrument industry, with the aim to inspire anyone and everyone, young or old to start learning to play a musical instrument. MFA Ambassadors include artists such as Evelyn Glennie, Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Glenn Hughes and Patron Jools Holland who commented ‘I am delighted to lend my support to the National Learn to Play Day and help MFA in their quest to inspire more people to participate in music making.’

Some great musicians are also taking part in this fabulous fun day and these include Aziz Ibrahim (Simply Red, The Stone Roses, Paul Weller) giving guitar lessons at The Music Store, Trafford Centre, and Bobby Orr (Sammy Davies Jnr, Bing Crosby) will be delivering a masterclass at Drumwright in Reading. Also at Drumwright Bob Henrit (The Kinks, Argent, Don McClean) will be doing a meet and greet.

Yamaha Music, London welcomes the cast of the top west end musical ‘Once’ as well as comedian Al Murray to their store in Wadour Street. Fender, the world’s leading guitar manufacturer will be hosting a ‘Learn To Play Day’ at The Gallery, Soho in conjunction with the Registry of Guitar Tutors with major artists and a host of special guests expected to attend. For other big events in London check out the NLTPD website.

Musical Mayors are out in great numbers. You can check your local council chief getting in the groove at Nevada, Portsmouth, PMT, Northampton, Dawsons in Liverpool, Manchester, Reading and Chester, Presto Classical, Leamington Spa, The Music Company, Crawley and Hollywood Music, Milton Keynes. Elsewhere Medway Drum Studios in Chatham, Kent has MP Tracy Crouch booked in for a drum lesson and Dawsons Liverpool will be entertaining budding musicians with a 12 piece psychedelic busking troupe in full costume! Meanwhile, at East Coast Wind based in Hornchurch you can see Dukes Uke Band and Peter André’s saxophone player.

Paul McManus Chief Executive of the MFA said ‘this is just a very small sample of the sorts of activities that are taking place on National Learn To Play Day across the UK. Where ever you are, whatever musical instrument or type of music you are interested in playing, there will be something close to everyone who wants to take part. Please go to and find out more.