St Patrick’s Day will see some very lucky young musicians in the town tinkling the ivories on Jamie Cullum’s beloved Yamaha Grand Piano – if they enter Swindon Youth Piano Festival which takes place at Commonweal Academy’s C6 auditorium on Thursday 17 March.
“We were very fortunate last January to win Jamie’s beloved Yamaha Grand Piano, by popular vote following a national competition. The piano is used on a regular basis for piano lessons and concerts,” said Josie Williams, the school’s community arts development officer, who is organising the festival with Commonweal’s music leader Kirsty Driver.
“It’s fantastic that we are able to have this wonderful instrument for all young people in Swindon to play on; it really does make a difference to inspire the next generation.”
She added that the event is a sharing opportunity and not a competition. Prior to the evening concert young peoplle will have the opportunity to take part in a masterclass with music teacher Jon Driver who will also close the recital with some classical pieces. The masterclass aims to give students tips on how to improve their performances and piano technique.
Any young person across the borough of Swindon can apply irrespective of ability. If you have a child, or know of a child who would benefit from taking part in this event then email Josie email@example.com or call 01793 427860 for an application form.
The deadline for applications is 12 February.
Jamie paid a visit to the school in September and performed and talked about his career to an invited audience.