The iconic Manchester music store where you can get free instrument lessons this October

One of Manchester's most loved music stores is offering you a chance to embrace your inner musician - and best of all, it's free!

Forsyths, Manchester city centre’s oldest music establishment, has announced the return of their highly anticipated ‘Learn to Play Day’ on the 7th and 8th of October 2023.

Learn to Play Day is a national initiative co-ordinated by the Music For All charity, of which you can find out more here

Celebrating its 10th year, this annual event invites music enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds to discover the joy of making music with free instrumental lessons.

Unleash Your Inner Musician

Forsyths nestled on Deansgate with its historic 5-floor premises is set to transform its unique spaces into vibrant classrooms for aspiring musicians.

From the bustling window front to the storied piano workshops on the 3rd floor, every nook and cranny will resonate with the harmonious sounds of learning.

Emma Loat, Forsyth’s dedicated manager, expressed her excitement, saying, “Learn to Play Day is always such a joyful event.

“It’s such a pleasure to see people from all walks of life and a wide range of ages coming to have a go.

“It is a real reminder that music and music-making is for everyone – and you’re never too old to give it a go!

“Across the weekend, our incredible team of teachers and staff will be providing free 15-minute taster lessons in a variety of instruments.

“So far, we will be teaching: piano, violin, cello, double bass, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, saxophone, flute, clarinet and more to come.

“Lessons are available for everyone – complete beginners of any age, to lapsed players who might want to start playing again. All instruments will be provided – however, you are welcome to bring your own instrument or indeed buy one!”

You can sign up by clicking here

A Symphony of Choices

Over the weekend, Forsyths’ exceptional team of teachers and staff will generously offer free 15-minute taster lessons in an extensive array of instruments.

Whether your heart beats for the piano, violin, guitar, bass guitar, cello, double bass, saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet, or ukulele, this event is your chance to give them a whirl.

So if you’re picking up an instrument for the first time, rekindling an old hobby, or inspiring your kids to embark on a musical journey, Forsyths has you covered.

Take the Next Step

If you find your musical soulmate during your free lesson, Forsyths invites you to continue your learning journey with their team of expert teachers, offering personalised lesson courses tailored to each individual.

Easy Sign-Up

Signing up for this melodious adventure couldn’t be simpler.

Just reach out to a friendly member of the staff in-store or over the phone, or visit the Forsyths website to fill out a registration form.

Once registered, they will promptly contact you with a suggested lesson time.

To find out more about this great event, please click here


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