Pupils at Northampton primary school given musical instruments after amnesty campaign

Dick Stead, James Rhodes, Labrinth, and a Yodel Driver
Dick Stead, James Rhodes, Labrinth, and a Yodel Driver

Primary school children in Northampton have received musical instruments thanks to the success of a Channel four programme.

As part of the Don’t Stop the Music Instrument Amnesty, 6,500 musical instruments have been delivered to 170 primary schools across the country, collectively worth £1 million.

Pianist James Rhodes, and Yodel driver Paul Nicholls, deliver instruments donated as part of the 'Don't Stop The Music' campaign, to the children of Falconbrook Primary School in Battersea. (Left to Right: Duran, Priscilla, Saffie, Kayanne, Renee, Zeinab, Ikhra, James Rhodes, Paul Nicholls)

Pianist James Rhodes, and Yodel driver Paul Nicholls, deliver instruments donated as part of the 'Don't Stop The Music' campaign, to the children of Falconbrook Primary School in Battersea. (Left to Right: Duran, Priscilla, Saffie, Kayanne, Renee, Zeinab, Ikhra, James Rhodes, Paul Nicholls)

Parcel carrier Yodel, which has a site in Northampton, was the official delivery partner for the amnesty, and collected and delivered all of the donated musical instruments.

The amnesty was held last autumn when members of the public were encouraged to hand instruments into Oxfam’s 700 shops and they were then delivered to the amnesty’s headquarters for sorting and refurbishment.

Yodel has since been delivering them to primary schools who registered to take part.

The amnesty and two part programme, which was produced by Jamie Oliver’s production company, Fresh One, aired on Channel 4 in September 2014, and was fronted by internationally-renowned classical pianist James Rhodes.

The Channel 4 series followed James as he trialled an instrument amnesty in a primary school in Basildon, Essex, before rolling the campaign out nationwide.

Dick Stead, executive chairman of Yodel, said: “Every parcel we deliver is important to its recipient and this is definitely the case with the instrument amnesty. We are incredibly proud to have played a part in this wonderful opportunity, bringing the gift of music to over 10,000 children.”