DO you love music and want to play an instrument?

The Early Music Shop in Salts Mill, Saltaire, is hosting free taster sessions for harp and recorder on Saturday March 23 and Sunday March 24 as part of Learn to Play Day 2019.

This free nationwide initiative, supported by Jools Holland OBE and run by the charity Music for All, aims to encourage people of all ages and abilities to play a musical instrument through thousands of FREE music lessons throughout the weekend.

Since it launched eight years ago, Learn to Play has helped thousands of people, including many who had never played before, to pick up and play an instrument.

In partnership with the Musicians’ Union, the ‘Take It Away’ scheme and Making Music, the Learn to Play Day initiative has been growing in popularity with a record 10,000 free lessons held during last year’s event.

Jools Holland said: “As Patron of the Music for All charity, I’m delighted to lend my support to National Learn to Play Day on March 23rd and 24th. It’s a pleasure to be able to share the joy of music, and this special day allows thousands to get involved as venues all over the country offer music lessons for free.”

Fellow artist Jamie Cullum added: “National Learn to Play Day gives everyone a chance to play an instrument, even if they’ve never played before. This wonderful day introduces thousands to the magic of music making, and often reunites people with a lost passion for playing. Get involved and perhaps discover a skill you thought you didn’t have!"

Paul McManus, CEO at Music for All, concluded: “While we all may have different tastes and preferred genres, there is no doubt that music is something that is universally loved around the world.

“Our Learn to Play Day events are all about spreading the joy of playing a musical instrument and inspiring those of all ages to take up something that will not only have health benefits for the future, but that also brings so many people together.”

For more information, or to get involved, visit; email: or call 01274 288100. To find a free music lesson near you visit