Renewed life for old instruments
As music teachers retired and local convents closed, many instruments made their way to the Motherhouse in Kingston.
After a while, quite a collection accumulated made up of tambourines, drums, many recorders and more. There were a fair number of pitch pipes and metronomes as well.
This winter, many of those instruments were donated to the Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe’s M.I.L.L.), a first-of-its-kind charity that will lend out any of its 800 instruments, from violas to digiridoos. They took everything that could be taken apart and cleaned. What is especially lovely about this is that new generations of musicians will benefit from these instruments and the music legacy continues in a new form.