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Donor funds instruments for Islington students

Students rehearse together in the school hall. Credit: London Tonight

A charitable trust has given hundreds of inner-city kids the chance to learn a musical instrument.

All 210 Year Seven pupils at Highbury Grove Secondary have been handed a violin, cello or viola thanks to a five-figure donation from a family trust.

And teachers say it's having a transformational effect. In a school where more than 50 languages are spoken, it provides a universal method of communication.