Owner of Baldock guitar shop school pledge after working on Channel 4’s Don’t Stop The Music

Chris is hoping to inspire schoolchildren to start strumming by donating guitars

Chris is hoping to inspire schoolchildren to start strumming by donating guitars - Credit: Archant

A guitar repairs shop owner has pledged to donate a guitar to every state school in Baldock after helping out on a Channel 4 campaign.

Chris Andrews decided he wanted to give something back to his community after working on Don’t Stop The Music, which called for a musical instrument amnesty for needy schoolchildren in England.

Chris, owner of CA Guitarworks in North Road, said: “Music is a big part of our family, I have a two-year-old son called Ben and he already owns his own electric guitar.

“We spend hours together laughing and playing the guitar, and I want other children to be able to take pleasure in learning an instrument.

“It’s rewarding to be able to give something to the next generation and let’s hope one of CA Guitarworks guitars inspires the next Paul McCartney.”

The guitars will be donated to the schools around the Christmas period or early next year.

Chris will be giving away 16 guitars in total.

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He said: “That should get them started, and then we can see how that progresses.

“Schools struggle to accommodate a lot of subjects. Music inspired me to go into this career and hopefully the younger generation will be inspired to do whatever they wish.”

During the campaign, Chris worked with pianist James Rhodes to sort and distribute 800 guitars that had been donated from across the UK to London schools.

The Don’t Stop The Music campaign, which runs in collaboration with Oxfam, is calling on Ofsted to pay more attention to music in schools and encourage children to get involved in playing instruments.

To find out more about the campaign, or to donate an unwanted instrument, visit www.dontstopthemusic.co.uk.

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