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Piano students bring music to Moulsecoomb
A classically trained Russian pianist and her students showcased their musical talent at a Moulsecoomb community centre last night to raise money for the centre's projects.
Lubov Simon and 10 of her students, including youngsters and adults, performed at The Bridge Community Education Centre in a concert which incorporated piano, violin and vocals.
Chief executive of The Bridge, Jayne Ross, said: ”Cuts in government funding were inevitable so we’ve had to diversify the way we fund our projects. But it’s not just about fundraising; it’s also about celebrating achievements.”
The group played a mixture of classical, jazz and modern music which included pieces by Beethoven, Ludovico Einaudi and Coldplay.
Holly Seacombe, 11, from Worthing, played the piano, violin and also sang during the hour-long show. The multi-talented youngster has been a student of Ms Simon’s for seven years.
Holly said: “I wasn’t really nervous about playing in front of people. I love playing the piano and violin in equal amounts but really I want to be a vet when I leave school.”
15-year-old Lucy Goldberg dazzled in her performance of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, performed as a duet with Ms Simon, having earlier set several toes tapping with a couple of upbeat, jazzy numbers.
Another of Ms Simon’s student performers, 49-year-old taxi driver Lawrence Blunt, praised her teaching skills. He said: “She’s very good at helping you progress because she quickly understands what level you’re at. She always tells me to play the music at my own pace, no matter what speed it's usually played at, and that has helped me a lot.”
Jayne Ross said the fundraising event, which also included a raffle and refreshments, would be the first of many at The Bridge. The centre provides educational courses, information and guidance to members of the community who are looking to find new interests and develop new skills.
For more information about The Bridge Community Education Centre call 01273 294930 or visit www.thebridgecommunityeducationcentre.co.uk.
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