Glebelands Primary School in Chatteris to receive musical instruments as part of Don’t Stop The Music national campaign

James Rhodes.

James Rhodes. - Credit: Photograph: Channel 4

A Fenland primary school is one of the schools which will benefit from an influx of musical instruments as part of a national campaign.

Glebelands Primary School is taking part in a instrument amnesty – Don’t Stop The Music – headed by classical pianist James Rhodes.

Earlier this summer, James appealed to primary schools to get in touch if they needed instruments and he was inundated with responses.

Glebelands Primary School put in their request in order to give the opportunity for more pupils to learn to play a musical instrument.

Their application was successful so they will be one of the schools to receive instruments from the amnesty.


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Music teacher, Helen Reece said: “At Glebelands School, most children enjoy singing and playing instruments during their class music lessons.

“Music benefits them in so many ways. They gain confidence and become more motivated. Their listening skills improve, it helps them to interact with others, it improves their literacy and numeracy and develops their creative skills.

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“Music helps children to make sense of the world in which they live.”

Head teacher, Lisa Sharratt added: “We have invested in music as a whole school but this is an opportunity to make a real difference to individuals who demonstrate aptitude but otherwise would not have the opportunity to develop their individual talents.

“Music makes a massive contribution to the life of our school and to individuals within it.”

If you have an instrument you would like to donate for the amnesty Oxfam has set up drop-off points at nearly 700 shops across the UK.

The Don’t Stop The Music Instrument Amnesty runs until October 17.

To find out more, visit the amnesty’s dedicated website www.dontstopthemusic.co.uk.

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