This is your chance to learn a new instrument, whether it be saxophone or trumpet, piccolo or tuba, the MHC will be filled with out of tune C scales for the whole of this semester! So get choosing your instrument, find a friend to lend and teach you their instrument and get practising!

Try and chose an instrument that is outside your current instrumental family and if this is your 2nd or 3rd year doing the MUMS grade-1-athon, progressing to your Grade 2 or 3 is definitely encouraged!

If you want to take part in this year's grade-1-athon, or have any questions about what's involved then send an email to, listing your full name, mobile number, the instrument you want to learn and the grade you'll be aiming for!

The exams will take place mid-April, after the Easter Holidays. The deadline for signing up is Sunday the 21st of February, so get emailing now! Once signed up, we'll send you instructions on how to pay. The cost will be:

  • Grade 1: £38
  • Grade 2: £44
  • Grade 3: £49

All of this is to raise money for Oxfam, so make sure you get your friends and family to sponsor you. Please set up your own JustGiving page as part of the MUMS team page here, and don't forget to keep up to date with all the Grade-1-athon's progress on Facebook here.

Finally, don't forget, if you pass your Grade 1 then you get the priceless opportunity to take part in the amazingly fun Grade 1 orchestra in Estival - so get practising now!

Much MUMS Love,
Matt Mitchell,
MUMS General Member - Grade-1-athon

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