New Patron signs up for Music School Campaign

Left-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy is the latest top musician to sign up to support the new Music School campaign.  He joins Julian Lloyd Webber, Bob Chilcott and Dame Emma Kirkby (to name but a few), who have all thrown their weight behind the school’s campaign.
Nicholas, who was born without his right hand, is one of a few left-handed pianists worldwide and at present is the youngest sole left-handed pianist so far.  He only began to play the piano at the late age of 14.  He studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London and then at the Royal College of Music in London where he made history by being the only left-handed pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music since it was founded.  
Nicholas visited Ipswich School in April this year, when he gave some workshops for pupils and launched the Festival of Music 2013, in his role as a member of this year’s lead act, the British Paraorchestra. He said: “I am very much looking forward to becoming a patron of the Music School as it's exciting to be involved from an early stage in such a positive and monumental project.  I feel both students and the wider community in Ipswich and Suffolk will hugely benefit from the new music school, the state of the art facilities and the staff involved will certainly put Ipswich School and its musical involvement with the community even more on the map.” 
Nicholas said that he was “very touched” by the passion shown by staff and students at Ipswich School for music, and that “anyone and everyone, no matter what age or background, can gain so much from music”. He added: “As an international concert artist, music is obviously extremely important to me, therefore I see myself as an advocate for the promotion of classical music in children of any age.  I'm hoping my name and the fact that I'm 24 can bring a different perspective to classical music and music education and therefore hopefully raise awareness of the extremely impressive work the staff and committee are doing to make this project happen.” 
Nicholas will be back at Ipswich School on Thursday 26 September with the Paraorchestra for the opening night of the fourth Festival of Music.  He said: “The programme for this year's Festival of Music looks absolutely fantastic.  What I particularly like is the real diversity of music that has been included, though I would definitely have to say the thing I'm most looking forward to is when I perform with the British Paraorchestra as part of the festival, it's wonderful and exciting to be involved.” 

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