The Great Bowden Recital Trust music charity is launching a sponsored Learn to Play programme giving 50 people the chance to learn their first instrument.
The programme, which kicks off in September, will give support to budding musicians of any age over a two-year period, with key milestones along the way to help take them through the journey of learning a new instrument.
The trust’s chief executive Andrew Cartwright said: “If you’ve ever yearned to play an instrument but haven’t had the opportunity, now’s your chance to give it a try.”
The trust aims to get district people, especially youngsters, involved in performing and appreciating music.
He added: “This new programme will encourage people of all ages within the Harborough area to take up an instrument, learn new skills and enjoy making music, which supports our principle aim – to provide music development, appreciation and participation for all.”
The initiative has been backed by the Waitrose supermarket of Springfield Street in Harborough, which has awarded the trust £2,000 through its Music Matters scheme. The scheme has also received the backing of Harborough music shop MH Music in St Mary’s Road, national charity Music for All, international examinations board Trinity Guildhall and the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
Participants can learn to play a brass, woodwind or string instrument, so long as they have not previously played that instrument before .
Support includes three months free instrument hire, a free exam book and half the cost of fortnightly 20-minute lessons for up to six months.
There will also be free workshops, master classes and concerts and, in the autumn next year, the top 20 participants will have the chance to compete to win free instruments, with the top three performers receiving a prize
The scheme is open to anyone living within 10 miles of Harborough.
A registration fee of £20 will apply, and registration forms can be downloaded from trust’s website at www.gbrecitaltrust.co.uk.
The deadline for applications is Friday, August 1, and the trust will consider applications on a first come, first served basis, with the first 50 registrations received being successful.
Unsuccessful applicants will have their registration fee refunded.