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 joined over 120 countries worldwide for this free celebration of music.
Events ranged from a dawn chorus from the Whitby Community Choir on the Yorkshire moors 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.
Making Music, with Music For All, is leading on the project on the UK, supported by a steering group from the music industry and a wider network of organisations and individuals now numbering over 100.
We are confident that we have managed to reach our ambition to triple the number of performances from 2017, and we have encountered nothing but enthusiasm and an appetite from the UK’s musicians, event organisers, commercial organisations, and spaces from underground stations to bandstands, community gardens and city centre squares to get involved in this ‘DIY Festival’, shining a spotlight on every kind of music-making across the country.
But we are still counting and checking all the information – full data and lots of photos and case studies will be available by end of July.
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…