Music for All’s free, nationwide initiative designed to get people of all ages and abilities playing a musical instrument is happening THIS WEEKEND at over 100 venues all around the country. This year is the most exciting yet…

Supported by Jools Holland OBE, and run by charity Music for All, the event sees music shops, teachers, venues and schools throughout the UK partner with leading musical instrument brands to offer thousands of FREE music lessons across the weekend.

Since being launched eight years ago, the Learn to Play Day initiative has helped thousands of people pick up and play a musical instrument. Many had never played before, while others played as a child but gave up. The initiative has been growing in popularity with a record 10,000 free lessons held during last year’s event.

Famed musician 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.”

There are 111 venues all around the country opening their doors and inviting everyone – regardless of age or ability – to come in and make some noise. You can look forward to workshops, prize draws, live performances, guest musicians, local celebrity appearances and more.

To find a FREE music lesson near you, simply visit – we’d love to see you there!