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Instruments amnesty hits right note for charity appeal

By Anthony Barnes

An instrument amnesty launched by pianist James Rhodes for a Channel 4 series has now collected more than 6,000 items which will be distributed to help youngsters develop their musical ambitions.

Stars such as Labrinth, who donated a guitar, and Laura Marling, who handed over a dulcimer, have helped to swell the numbers - while figures such as Sir Paul McCartney had given their support.

The instruments are now being given an overhaul by volunteer repairers after being gathered at a warehouse in west London and will be passed on to primary schools across the UK.

The network of 700 Oxfam shops has been used as a drop-off point for the gifts which have included accordions, zithers and drum kits along with guitars and cellos.

Many have been accompanied by sheet music and notes of support for the campaign which was launched on Rhodes's series Don't Stop The Music.

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