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Why taking up an instrument has struck a chord for so many

One report says a million people across the UK have taken up a musical instrument since the start of the pandemic

One report says a million people across the UK have taken up a musical instrument since the start of the pandemic (Getty Images)

Growing up in foster homes, Jaz Ampaw-Farr says learning a musical instrument seemed out of reach for someone from her background.

“I grew up in real poverty, working class, and mixed race; music lessons were never a thing,” she says. “Every person I saw playing an instrument was white and mostly male.”

However, when the coronavirus lockdown happened, Ms Ampaw-Farr wanted to change that tune. Full story.

Suzanne Bearne (BBC News) / September 16, 2021

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