What’s the Great Instrument Amnesty?

The Great Instrument Amnesty is James Rhodes’ passionate campaign to demonstrate how the power of music can change lives for the better, and to improve access to music education for all. Unused instruments donated by the public (from their attics and cupboards) will be given a new lease of life and distributed to schools nationwide that really need them. James has already road-tested a smaller ‘instrument amnesty’ in Essex and building on its success, he now wants to roll it out across the UK this summer. A three-part TV series following James's battle to improve access to instruments and draw attention to the issue of music education in the UK is to air on Channel 4 later this year.

The man behind the mission: James Rhodes

A classical pianist with a rock-star attitude, James taught himself to play the piano at seven, only learning formally from the age of 14. He stopped playing at 18, and went on to work in the City. Ten years later, he returned to his first love: music. It paid off. In 2009, his first album reached number one in the iTunes classical chart. He has since reached number one with four more albums, performed sold-out concerts around the world and written regularly for The Guardian and The Telegraph.

This year he released his fifth studio album, cementing his international reputation as a unique and groundbreaking concert pianist. James is passionate about the power of music. For him, it was a way of overcoming a troubled childhood and its difficult legacy.

Find out more about James on his website

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