John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono helps launch The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus aimed at providing support for new musicians across Europe. Sarah Mills reports.
Artist and peace activist Yoko Ono unveiled a new music scheme named after her late husband - John Lennon. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a mobile recording studio set up to help budding musicians. It will operate across Europe following its launch in the former Beatle's home town: SOUNDBITE (English) Yoko Ono, saying: ''It's a good start. I think it's very very important that we opened this European tour in Liverpool. I keep coming back here. I don't know whether it's John making me come back here by pushing me or something. Also, I really feel that when I am here with John and with John's childhood as well. He's around, showing me what he loved and hated when he was a child." As well as performing at the event at the Museum of Liverpool, local band Mic Lowry got a look inside the bus too. (SOUNDBITE) (English) Member of band Mic Lowry, saying: "(This) makes a big difference because it gives people who haven't got a chance usually to go and record on the bus, that's got under-floor heating by the way. And it's great recording, great recording equipment." The bus will visit schools, colleges and festivals to provide free workshops for young people - as Brian Rothschild, executive director of the John Lennon Educational Tour explained. SOUNDBITE (English) executive director of the John Lennon Educational Tour, Brian Rothschild, saying: "And the mission is to provide young people with free, hands-on opportunities to create original music, and video and photo and what was we call digital media.'' A crew of three young people will travel on the bus and help other youngsters learn.