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26 July 2022, 14:16 | Updated: 26 July 2022, 19:42

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Seven students age 16-18 have been left without their musical instruments for 25 days.

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Tom Redmond


Students from Chethams School of Music in Manchester have been left without their musical instruments for 25 days, with no word of an expected return.

On 1 July 2022, seven students of the Chethams School of Music arrived at Manchester Airport to find their musical instruments had not arrived with them.

Six trombones and one tuba were meant to be travelling with the students in the hold of their Lufthansa flights back to the UK from Italy, but 25 days after the flight, the seven brass instruments still remain missing.

Tom Redmond, joint principal and director of music at Chethams, was travelling with the students and says their nightmare began at Napoli (Naples) airport.

“Prior to the trip, we knew the trombones and tuba would be going in the hold,” Redmond told Classic FM. “But we organised with the airline that although the instruments would be going in the hold, we wanted to be able to carry them to the steps of the play, just to ensure that they were safe.

“We were able to do this when we left Manchester airport a few days prior, but when we were returning from Naples airport, we were told we wouldn’t be able to do this. So we took the instruments down a corridor to the the oversized baggage counter where they were x-rayed, scanned, and tagged.”

Little did the students know, this would be the last time they saw their musical instruments.

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