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HUNDREDS of schoolchildren will soon be blowing their own trumpets.

Tiny trumpets are being given free to more than 500 primary pupils to get them playing music.

For the next two weeks, Newcastle City Council staff will be going into 13 schools to teach children how to play the pocket instruments. The trumpets are only 24cm long and come in a variety of colours, but play and sound like a normal-sized instrument.

The scheme comes as part of a Government programme to encourage primary school pupils to learn to play musical instruments.

Steve Halsey, head of Newcastle Music Service, which provides music tuition to schools across the city, said: "The minute the children and staff saw the instruments they fell in love with them. As a trumpet player myself, I know they sound great."

David Clegg, head of education, said: "This scheme gives children a fantastic opportunity to get involved in music from a young age."


MUSICAL: Halmina Khanmum of Canning Street School and, inset, Jimna Bhatti, Michael Held, Abdul Rahim and Halmina Khanum
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 12, 2007
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