Make Music Day UK took place on Thursday 21 June and generated over 500 free public music performances from the Isle of Wight to the Isle of Lewis, in every kind of location, including train stations, shopping centres, pubs, libraries, music shops, hospitals, schools, park and dales. The UK was joining over 120 countries world-wide.
Events ranged from a dawn chorus from the Whitby Community Choir at 4.15am, folk music on the Bristol Temple Meads to Severn Beach railway, a brass band parade across London Bridge during evening rush-hour with Kinetico Bloco, music on the roof of Waverley Mall in Edinburgh, and an ABRSM piano relay at St Pancras International.
It marks a milestone for this international festival in the UK, tripling the number of performances from 2017, and showing the appetite of the UK’s musicians to get involved in this ‘DIY Festival’, shining a spotlight on every kind of music-making across the country.
Make Music Day UK was also delighted to welcome ambassadors Jon Snow, Big Issue founder Lord Bird, violinist Nicola Benedetti, Ed Vaizey MP, vocal group The Kings’ Singers, soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, London Mozart Players, vocal group Apollo 5, bass player with Pink Floyd Guy Pratt, and Bellowhead violinist Sam Sweeney.
Barbara Eifler, Chief Executive of Making Music, one of the leading organisations on Make Music Day UK, said:
‘We are delighted that so many people across the UK have been inspired by the idea of Make Music Day to create amazing musical events. Can we make this day – always 21 June! – as big as it is in France where two thirds of the population turn out for it? Watch this space…’
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