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Community News & Views | Legendary pianist plays charity concert

LEGENDARY pianist Derek Ambler will be playing a special charity concert at Bognor Regis Music Club.


Proceeds from his performance at 7pm tomorrow in the club’s concert room at 2 Sudley Road will go to The Amber Trust. This helps blind and partially sighted children across the UK who have a talent or love for music.


Derek has been making music since he was two. He shot to fame at the age of nine when he played jazz with the Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in London.


Numerous national and regional TV appearances followed in the UK and overseas. In the past few years, Derek featured in the series, Extraordinary People, on Channel 5 and on BBC1, BBC2 and ITV.


He has also given concerts across England, Europe and the USA.


Chris Coote, the club’s press officer, said: “There is no doubt that Derek is one of the most extraordinary pianists and musical entertainers of his generation.


“Yet he is blind, autistic and has severe learning difficulties. Dubbed ‘The Human iPod’ in the USA, Derek has a repertoire of tens of thousands of pieces.”


Derek will play a selection of light classical music, jazz and songs from the musicals. Members of the audience will also be able to ask him for requests.


“We are privileged to welcome Derek to our club and are looking forward to an amazing evening’s entertainment in support of such a worthwhile charity,” said Chris.


Also performing will be Poppy McGhee, pictured above, a 14-year-old local girl who is a pupil at Marlborough College.


She began her musical journey aged five and has achieved top qualifications.


She will include pieces by Gluck, Khachaturian, Prokofiev, Kreisler and Piazzolla.

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