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on the instrument you've always wanted to play!

All ages No experience necessary • Instruments provided

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Saturday 23 March 2019: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Sunday 24 March 2019: 11.30am – 5pm

NEW THIS YEAR! – VOICE (musical theatre, pop/rock, classical)

Piano Guitar (electric, acoustic, classical) Bass Guitar Ukulele Balalaika

Recorder Flute Oboe Clarinet Saxophone Bassoon

French Horn Trumpet Cornet Trombone

Violin Viola Cello Double Bass Harp (lever)



Sunday 24 March 2019: 3pm – 4pm



0161 834 3281 (extension 204) or

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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.

At last year's event, in just two hugely enjoyable days, we gave 180 free individual music lessons to learners aged 2 to 82, and got about 50 people playing ukulele in two free group sessions. Learners ranged from complete beginners of all ages, through those experimenting with second instruments, to others who were once at conservatoire standard but were returning to their instrument after a break.

Guitar     Piano     Violin

This year, 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.

And 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!

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Register for free taster lessons via 0161 834 3281 (extension 204) or

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 23 or Sunday 24 March 2019;
- 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, workshops, storage rooms, even our shop window! Here are some more pictures from Learn to Play Day 2018...

Saxophone     Clarinet     Bass