The Edinburgh International Festival has acquired some 250 instruments for local schools after pupils were told not to share during Covid.
The festival, which was silenced last summer by the pandemic, spent £60,000 on the project.
It said: ‘The council’s Instrumental Music Service currently does not have enough instruments to meet demand, resulting in up to three pupils sharing one between them. This shortage is exacerbated by current Covid-safe guidelines, which prevent the sharing of instruments. The project ensures each individual pupil is provided an instrument for as long as they want it, allowing them to safely continue their lessons and find joy from their music tuition.’