Sting is to donate a guitar to the London Mayor’s musical instrument amnesty ‘No Strings Attached’, which was launched by Mayor Boris Johnson in conjunction with Time Out and is backed by London Councils. Sting said: ‘The music amnesty is a really important initiative and I’m delighted to support it. Young people deserve the chance to learn a musical instrument, whatever background they come from. Well done to everyone who is helping the campaign.’
The instruments will go to schools and young people in Lambeth through the ‘In Harmony’ music education scheme chaired by Julian Lloyd Webber, who has also donated a cello.
The announcement of Sting’s donation coincides with a major summit being held at City Hall today to take forward the Mayor’s plans to increase musical education. Other supporters include internationally renowned conductor Sir Simon Rattle and Madness singer Graham ‘Suggs’ McPherson. Boris Johnson said: ‘It’s brilliant that the likes of Sting, Julian Lloyd Webber, Suggs and Simon Rattle are backing this campaign. I’d like every kid in the capital to play an instrument and the prospect of learning on one owned by a superstar like Sting must be absolutely thrilling.’

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