Students’ date with music legend at hospital ceremony

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STUDENTS who are bringing music into the lives of hospital patients in East Sussex enjoyed the chance to meet a world-renowned piano teacher.

The group, from Hastings and Rother, Lewes and Eastbourne, met Dame Fanny Waterman during a ceremony at the Conquest Hospital, on The Ridge.

They were being presented with certificates of commendation for their commitment to providing live music to patients and visitors at the Conquest and Eastbourne District General Hospital (DGH).

The group have been nominated as musicians in residence for 2014 at the hospitals, where they will play independently or as part of a small group.

Students Ollie Grange and Isobel Richardson, from Battle Abbey School, Charlotte Thorkildsen and Carla Flack, from Bexhill College and Pasha Milburn and Philip Benge, from East Sussex Academy of Music, in Lewes, will be musicians in residence at the Conquest Hospital.

Meanwhile, Harry Plant, from Willingdon Community School, will be musician in residence at the DGH.