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CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council along with its Music Service is launching three Instrument Amnesties which will take place over the coming weeks.

Members of the public are being encouraged to come along to any of the three venues chosen to donate any old and unwanted musical instruments for use in the county’s schools.

Executive board member for education and children’s services Cllr Glynog Davies said: “If you have an old trumpet, violin, recorder, clarinet or any other musical instrument that is gathering dust in the attic, please bring it to one of the venues and help keep music thriving in our county.

“These donated instruments will be distributed to pupils and schools where there is a need to support music making, enriching the lives of the young people in Carmarthenshire.”

The Instrument Amnesties were launched with a performance from the Carmarthenshire County Big Band at County Hall on Wednesday.

The band played a short set in the foyer, consisting of Mack the Knife, Birth of the Blues, On Broadway, and Night and Day.

Cllr Glynog Davies presented a donated trumpet to band member Rhydian Tiddy of Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Llandeilo, who has been chosen for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Fourteen-year-old Rhydian, who plays trombone, said: “I’m delighted to have been chosen. It will be an incredible experience.”

The three host venues are: Instrument Amnesty 1 – Wednesday November 29 in the foyer of the Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen from 10am-1pm; Instrument Amnesty 2 – Thursday November 30 in the foyer of the Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli from 10am-1pm;
Instrument Amnesty 3 – Friday December 1 in the Ammanford Miners Theatre, Ammanford, from 10am-1pm.

The Carmarthenshire Instrument Amnesty is part of a Welsh Government initiative.

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