Following this research, singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum has pledged to give away his piano to a worthy cause

Violinist Alexander Winkler

New research from Yamaha has revealed that 75% of Brits have turned to a musical instrument to help them beat the lockdown blues.

The study of 2000 British adults, commissioned by Yamaha, found that playing an instrument had helped them psychologically cope with restrictions on movement and social gatherings as a result of COVID lockdown measures.

Of those surveyed, 86% said that playing a musical instrument had a positive impact on their mental health.

The statistics also show almost a third of Brits (32%) have picked up a new instrument since lockdown began in March. 

More generally the statistics showed that Wrexham in north Wales, is the most musical town in the country, with 38% saying they already played an instrument. Wales’ capital Cardiff had the second largest number of people stating they could play a musical instrument. 

On the other end of the scale, only 12% of the people of Portsmouth say they were able to play an instrument.

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Following this research, the jazz singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum has pledged to give away his £65,000 Yamaha S6 Grand Piano to a worthy cause as part of a nationwide competition. Entrants should write and record an original song telling the story of how their nominated good cause would benefit from winning the piano. This could be a school, a community organisation or charity, essentially, any group that does great work in inspiring and making a great contribution to their local community.

The song will need to be uploaded via Yamaha’s website by 20 November 2020.