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Yoko Ono launches new music scheme in Liverpool

Thursday, May 09, 2013 - 01:41

John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono helps launch The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus aimed at providing support for new musicians across Europe. Sarah Mills reports.

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Artist and peace activist Yoko Ono unveiled a new music scheme named after her late husband - John Lennon. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a mobile recording studio set up to help budding musicians. It will operate across Europe following its launch in the former Beatle's home town: SOUNDBITE (English) Yoko Ono, saying: ''It's a good start. I think it's very very important that we opened this European tour in Liverpool. I keep coming back here. I don't know whether it's John making me come back here by pushing me or something. Also, I really feel that when I am here with John and with John's childhood as well. He's around, showing me what he loved and hated when he was a child." As well as performing at the event at the Museum of Liverpool, local band Mic Lowry got a look inside the bus too. (SOUNDBITE) (English) Member of band Mic Lowry, saying: "(This) makes a big difference because it gives people who haven't got a chance usually to go and record on the bus, that's got under-floor heating by the way. And it's great recording, great recording equipment." The bus will visit schools, colleges and festivals to provide free workshops for young people - as Brian Rothschild, executive director of the John Lennon Educational Tour explained. SOUNDBITE (English) executive director of the John Lennon Educational Tour, Brian Rothschild, saying: "And the mission is to provide young people with free, hands-on opportunities to create original music, and video and photo and what was we call digital media.'' A crew of three young people will travel on the bus and help other youngsters learn.

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Yoko Ono launches new music scheme in Liverpool

Thursday, May 09, 2013 - 01:41