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Instrument sales DOUBLE during the pandemic with bored Brits seeking a new hobby, local music shop reveals

MUSICAL instrument sales were at an all time high throughout the pandemic, a local music shop has revealed. Rimmers Music, a local music store in Liverpool and online retailer has seen a sharp increase in the number of instruments bought in lockdown compared to 2019; suggesting that we may see an influx of new musicians in the coming months.

Cathy Tate, Co-Owner of Rimmers Music, commented:- "It's clear to see that the pandemic has inspired a flurry of budding musicians to learn an instrument for the first time, with instrument sets designed for beginners being our most popular products during this period."

The number of Brits googling "learn guitar" quadrupled at points in March 2020 when the pandemic first hit the UK compared to January 2020, and "guitar for beginners" doubled, highlighting the demand of those wanting to learn to play the guitar, possibly due to more people spending time indoors due to lockdown.

Commenting on the trends, Cathy added:- "Learning and playing an instrument has endless benefits; relieving stress, building confidence, and improving creativity to name a few. Hopefully learning to play an instrument has been a useful coping mechanism for many customers, helping them to stay focused during this strange time."

Rimmers Music's sales data, taken from March to 23 July 2020 when lockdown easing was announced, also showed which instruments budding musicians were most keen to master during self isolation.

It's no surprise that guitars were the most popular choice, with Yamaha's F310 Acoustic Guitar proving to be the most desirable instrument in the isolation period and a great starter guitar. Next was pianos and then keyboards, with particular popularity on the Roland FP10; potentially due to it's Twin Piano Mode which assists learners. Drums were the next most popular instrument, inevitably much to the dismay of housemates and neighbours!

Instruments by popularity:-

1. Guitars
2. Accessories
3. Pianos
4. Keyboards
5. Amps
6. Guitar Effects
7. Drums
8. Ukelele, Banjo, Mandolins
9. Brass, Woodwind,
10. DJ Equipment
11. Orchestral Strings Section

Commenting on the stats, Cathy continued:- "We are so thankful for all our loyal customers who continued to shop with us online whilst our stores were closed. Though lockdown has been an incredibly difficult time for everyone, it's great to see that many Brits have decided to pick up an instrument for the first time and will be coming out of lockdown with a wonderful new skill and hobby."

Liverpool launches heritage vision to shape future of historic docks

LIVERPOOL has launched the UK's 1st heritage led development plan to help shape a multi billion pound regeneration programme in its historic docklands. The City's Mayor, Joe Anderson, launched the North Shore Vision document to a virtual audience this morning, which included leading UNESCO representatives, stating Liverpool was rising to the challenge of saving its World Heritage Status. Addressing a live webinar, which was attended by Dr Isabelle Anatole Gabriel, Chief of the Europe and North America Unit at the World Heritage Centre, Mayor Anderson said the North Shore Vision would make Liverpool:- "an international beacon for heritage led development."

The North Shore Vision is the 1st development document in the UK to adopt guidelines set out by the United Nations on Sustainable Development and UNESCO's own model for developing Historic Urban Landscapes. The vision will be used to guide the future growth of 260 acres of largely derelict brownfield land in one of the poorest areas of the UK. This area encompasses Peel L&P's Liverpool Waters and the Ten Streets District, and lies almost exclusively with the City's World Heritage Site and its Buffer Zone.

The vision is supported by a new interactive website; curated by urban design company Planit, which explains the history of the area and proposed future schemes in hi-definition detail. The vision has been put together by a consortium of planning professionals, designers and heritage experts including the City's World Heritage Team and World Heritage Task Force and Steering Group; as well as representatives from Historic England, DCMS, RIBA and University of Liverpool.

The North Shore Vision is to be formally adopted by Liverpool City Council, which commissioned the document as part of a programme of work in response to UNESCO placing the City's World Heritage Status on the at risk register in 2013. 1 key stakeholder in the area, Everton Football Club, has already informally used the vision to help shape proposals for its new football stadium, at Bramley Moore Dock, Liverpool Waters, which will require some of the dock to be in filled. The North Shore webinar, which was due to be held in Spring before Covid-19 lockdown began, included keynote speakers such as Sir Neil Cossons, former Chair of Historic England. As well as Dr Anatole-Gabriel, the audience also included representatives from UNESCO as well as their advisory body ICOMOS.  They heard Mayor Anderson reaffirm that Liverpool's World Heritage Status, which was awarded to the City in 2004, is of great importance to the City and that UNESCO's fears over tall buildings in Liverpool Waters have been addressed.

Mayor Anderson, who last week ruled out a zip wire attraction through another part of the City's World Heritage Site, stated that the scheme was:- "a world away from its original concept" and added that thanks to almost ₤1bn of investment in the site it has never been in better shape. He also applauded the developers Peel L&P for signing up to the North Shore Vision, which he said would:- "balance the needs of a growing City whilst protecting our World Heritage Status."

Mayor Anderson said:- "Liverpool has wrestled; often quite publicly; with the idea of balancing the economic need to develop, with the need to respect the heritage of these unique, but dilapidated docklands. We've been listening to the concerns of UNESCO; and we've been talking to Peel L&P to see how those concerns can be addressed without compromising the ambition we all share to develop this area. The result is the North Shore Vision and it is going to play a fundamental role in the multi billion pound renaissance of this area over the coming decades, creating thousands of much needed jobs. I firmly believe the way this has been developed will make Liverpool an international beacon of heritage led regeneration. The new website for the vision will also bring the story of the North Shore vividly to life; both its past and future; with a whole series of new interactive imagery explaining the principles of the strategy and its goals. As a result anyone and everyone will be able to see what is being planned. I want to thank everyone involved in putting it all together. Their timing is perfect. For the first time in 50 years, investment is beginning to happen in our North Shore from the Ten Streets and Liverpool Waters right up to Bramley Moore Dock. The 1st signs of this change are for all to see with business and residential developments in Princes Dock and Central Docks, a new Ferry Terminal and investment in new roads and infrastructure. Also, the renovation of Stanley Dock is a shining example of how the City's historic buildings can be repurposed to reflect the needs of the new Liverpool and stimulate new growth and jobs. The template is clear and through the North Shore Vision we are finessing that approach; and developing it for others to learn from."

Darran Lawless, development director at Peel L&P's Liverpool Waters, said:- "We are delighted to see the vision for the North Shore finally revealed today. We have been working in the background with the partners for nearly a year now, sharing our ambitions and our concerns, working out how best we could engage our local, national and international audiences, and best present our collective ambitions. We have shared openly our digital assets and the story of our changing plans, as have others, to create a truly unique way of presenting our vision for Liverpool Waters, not in isolation but as an integral piece of the North Shore ambition. Working with the City council, Everton FC and other partners, we want to breathe new life into the docks with the creation of thousands of jobs, new homes and a destination for world-class sport, tourism and leisure facilities to help attract new business and investment opportunities. As we emerge to face the post pandemic challenges, we are convinced this collaborative, partnership working will become an international exemplar of heritage led, inclusive regeneration and growth."

Liverpool's World Heritage Status...


Liverpool has taken many steps to protect and improve its World Heritage Site since being placed on the at risk register in 2013, such as:-

More than ₤900m has been invested in historic assets within the site in the past decade

Since 2012 Buildings at Risk have fallen below 2.75% of building stock - far below the UK average

37 listed buildings have been upgraded

18 developments with council financial assistance, such as the Aloft Hotel, the award-winning Central Library and Stanley Dock

New lighting schemes installed at St Luke's Church and the Bascule Bridge

Since 2015 each development proposal that has the potential to affect the Outstanding Universal Value (of the WHS) is accompanied by a Heritage Impact Assessment

Since the 2017 World Heritage Committee Session Liverpool has also established an independent Task Force to re-establish a positive debate with Government and UNESCO with a view to the retention of WHS status.

Liverpool City Council has also joined forces with RIBA to develop a 3D model of the City which planners will eventually be able to use to showcase their schemes

And finally:-  Liverpool filled in docks more than 100 years ago to create the 3 Graces, The Liver Building, The Cunard Building and The Port of Liverpool Building, giving Europe its 1st skyscrapers. Of the City's original 17 docks; 9 have since been in filled.

For more information go to the City's World Heritage website.

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