Do you have any old, unwanted musical instruments lying around? If you do, they could find a new lease of life with Instruments for Kids.
The idea of Instruments for Kids is to gather up all instruments found hidden in attics, garages and the backs of cupboards across Wales and distribute them through local authorities to children and schools where there is a need for music provision.
The pilot was launched at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff today (November 2) with a special performance by members of the temporarily named Not New Novello Orchestra, led by David Mahoney using instruments already donated by Assembly Members.
The pilot follows a campaign earlier this year by Welsh Government and National Assembly for Wales, which saw more than 50 instruments donated by AMs and staff.
People in the Rhiwbina area and across South Wales are being encouraged to donate their once loved, but no longer played instruments from November 20 – 24 – Music Instrument Amnesty Week.
Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams said: “Whether we stuck at it or just gave it a go, most of us have memories of learning to play a musical instrument as a child.
“We believe that every child should have the opportunity to learn an instrument. That is why, together, we are making a commitment to finding new and innovative ways of making sure children across Wales get access to music. Instrument for Kids is part of this.”
David Mahoney, Founder of The Novello Orchestra and member of Only Men Aloud, is just one of several Welsh musicians supporting the campaign: “Music is such a big part of Welsh culture and every child in Wales should be given the opportunity to pick up an instrument and give it a go. The benefits of music making are endless and this scheme will provide a perfect opportunity to introduce musical performance to those who may not otherwise have been exposed to it.”
Details of where you can donate any unwanted instruments will be announced on the Instruments for Kids Facebook page after November 15. Donations can then be taken to those locations from November 20-24.