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World-renowned blind pianist, Derek Paravicini, is performing a concert locally to support 100 years of a Wiltshire sight loss charity.
Wiltshire Sight celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2018, and to start a year of events marking this great milestone, the president of Wiltshire Sight – the Marchioness of Lansdowne – is delighted that St Mary’s School in Calne will be hosting a concert in aid of the sight loss charity.
The charity was established in 1918 as Wiltshire Blind Association to help soldiers returning from World War I whose sight had been damaged. It was renamed Wiltshire Sight in 2014 to reflect that it supports people across the sight-loss spectrum and has won multiple awards for its innovative services and training programmes.
World-renowned blind pianist, Derek Paravicini, will be performing a unique concert to celebrate the charity’s 100th year. Incredibly, Derek plays entirely by ear, has memorised thousands of pieces including pop, jazz and classical, as well as taking requests from his audiences. He has played across Britain, America and Europe and will be playing at St Mary’s School in Calne on Friday 19th January.
Wiltshire Sight chairman, Mike Weston commented, “Everyone with sight loss suffers in different ways; the advice we give to people reflects this.
“We do not receive any funding from our local authorities and therefore we rely on donations and fundraising activities such as this concert, to help us support our increasing numbers of end users.”
Doors open at 7pm, with the concert starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £35, including refreshments, available from www.calnefoundation.org/wiltshiresight. Call Wiltshire Sight on 01380 723682 for more information.