Helenswood pupils enjoy hearing a piano maestro perform in school

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Helenswood pupils enjoyed hearing one of the most acclaimed and accomplished classical pianists in the world performing at the school ahead of a major international music competition.

Garam Cho, who reached the final of the Hastings International Piano Recital Competition last year, gave a powerful piano performance at Ark Helenswood on the school’s own grand piano.

It was part of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition’s educational and outreach programme.

As well as enabling competitors to perform at local schools, the programme gives schools tickets to the competition’s early stages. The Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition returns to the town on Thursday February 25.

Ark Helenswood Principal Lucy Monk said: “Our students were amazed by Garam Cho’s skill, knowledge of classical music and humility about her musical achievements and we’d like to thank her and the Hastings International Piano Recital Competition for this wonderful opportunity.

“Music is an important part of life at Ark Helenswood Academy; as well as giving students the chance to experience and interact with great music, encouraging musical excellence has helped our students to achieve fantastic results across the curriculum.

“As part of the Ark network, our talented musicians have performed on some of the most iconic stages in the country, including playing for an audience of over 1,000 at the London Barbican centre last summer.”

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