Piano • Guitar • Bass Guitar • Ukulele • Balalaika
Recorder • Flute • Oboe • Clarinet • Saxophone • Bassoon
French Horn • Trumpet • Cornet • Trombone
Violin • Viola • Cello • Double Bass • Harp (lever)
Learn to Play Day is a nationwide event encouraging people all around the UK to take up an instrument, or to return to an instrument they used to play. It has been organised annually since 2012 by the charity Music for All and is supported by the likes of Dame Evelyn Glennie, Rick Wakeman, Gareth Malone, Gordon Giltrap and patron Jools Holland.
Here at Forsyth we are looking forward to another fun weekend open to everyone, adult or child, who would like a free taster lesson on a musical instrument. Each lesson will be for an individual learner and last 20 minutes – apart from the group Ukulele lesson, which will be available for up to 30 people and last an hour – and we will be happy to lend you an instrument for the session if you do not yet have your own.
We have volunteer teachers – Forsyth staff, local teachers and students from The Royal Northern College of Music and The University of Manchester among others – ready and waiting to teach you, including:
Lou Armer – Group Ukulele Lesson: come and learn to play songs with international uke-ist Lou Armer of Lou and the Llamas, a wonky folk/jazz/indie-pop band from Manchester.
Kathryn Burke – Balalaika: try this iconic Russian string instrument with Kathryn Burke, a member of the Kalinka Balalaika Orchestra, the only balalaika orchestra in the UK, which rehearses in Chorlton on Monday evenings.
If you would like to try an instrument not listed above we will try our best to make it happen!
Everyone attending a lesson will receive a goody bag, including a voucher for special on-the-day in-store-only discounts!
Please let us know the following information:
- learner's name and age;
- which instrument(s) he/she would like to learn to play;
- whether he/she would like to borrow an instrument for the lesson;
- learner's availability on Saturday 17 or Sunday 18 March 2018;
- telephone number and email address of learner, parent or guardian.
Lessons will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the availability of suitable teachers and space. Please note that anyone under the age of 18 attending a lesson must be accompanied by an adult. As in previous years, we will be making use of any available space as temporary teaching areas: offices, storage rooms, even our shop window! Here are some pictures from Learn to Play Day 2017...