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The Pianoman Masterclass

On Monday 29 January, Allerton Grange was lucky enough to host internationally renowned concert pianist, Richard Meyrick, who delivered his inspiring piano masterclass to selected musical students.

Mrs Casey, Curriculum Leader for Music, organised the masterclass, which is currently touring UK schools, as a fantastic opportunity for students to perfect their skills. They were asked to bring along a piece of classical music that they had already practiced to a high standard, or a piece they would like to learn. Richard then worked with the students, who performed in front of the group, to pinpoint areas that would sharpen their skills and techniques.

Following the session in school, Richard has invited two particularly enthusiastic students, who stood out, down to London for an additional free one-hour lesson with him at Bluthner Piano Centre, on Baker Street. Caitlan Chambers and Lily Baxter, both Year 11 students, have graciously accepted the all-expenses paid offer and look forward to honing their skills even further.

They had this to say, “We can’t believe we’ve been given this opportunity to go down to London. The masterclass was amazing, each of us learned so much in just a short amount of time that will influence how we play from now on.”

Headteacher at Allerton Grange, Mr Roper, said “Caitlan and Lily are both musically gifted and heavily involved in concerts and music events in school. Well done to both girls, who thoroughly deserve this wonderful opportunity to develop further in an area they have such a keen interest in.”

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