A concert of classical and jazz music given by autistic performers

Submitted by Simon Payne on January 10, 2022 - 18:24

Venue, Timing and Cost

Dorchester Abbey
Saturday, 22 January 2022
free (but please do get them so we know how many are coming!)

A heart-warming family concert hosted by the internationally renowned savant pianist Derek Paravicini and friends, including stunning young violinist Poppy McGhee, and acclaimed soprano Hannah Davey, and featuring young musicians on the autism spectrum – some performing for the first time in public. There will be music from a wide range of styles, including classical and jazz. Expect the unexpected!

Derek Paravicini has been blind from birth and has autism and severe learning difficulties, yet he can play almost any piece by ear in any key and style and is one of the most extraordinary pianists and musicians of his generation. Explore his YouTube channel to find out more about Derek’s incredible journey and musical abilities, and to hear his truly unique stylistic interpretations.

Hannah Davey enjoys a busy and varied career as both a classical and jazz singer.
In her life as a classical soprano, Hannah’s professional engagements take her across the country performing song recitals, oratorio and orchestral concerts.
As a jazz vocalist, Hannah sings with the Derek Paravicini Quartet and as part of a piano duo creating stunning realisations of the great standards.

16-year-old Poppy McGhee is a music scholar at Marlborough College, leads the Somerset County Youth Orchestra, and hopes to study and perform professionally. She achieved Grade 8 violin age 8, ATCL performance diploma age 12, and was a recipient of Future Talent Award 2014, 2015 and 2020.
Poppy has raised thousands of pounds by playing her violin to help blind and autistic children.

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