Visually Impaired Autistic Teen Wows With ‘Magical’ Piano Performance
Mar 17, 2023 by apost team
Pure artistic talent can come from the most unexpected places. On the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 program, “The Piano,” 13-year-old Lucy was introduced to the world as one such musical phenomenon.
Hosted by TV personality Claudia Winkleman, “The Piano” includes two judges – singer-songwriter Mika and renowned pianist Lang Lang – as it aims to pick out the country’s best amateur musical talent from a set of participants who play on a public piano at various UK train stations.
Lucy appeared in its Feb. 22, 2023, episode and came into the show with what some would consider serious disadvantages. Not only was Lucy blind after being diagnosed with cancerous tumors in the eyes as a child, but she also had a chromosomal abnormality that left her neurodiverse, alongside having developmental and learning difficulties. As Lucy was guided to the piano by her teacher, Daniel Bath, he placed her fingers on the keys and told her she would play Nocturne in B-flat minor from Chopin’s Opus 9, No. 1.
The two judges were stunned by the fact Lucy would take on such a complicated piece, and nothing prepared them for what came next: her flawless execution. Lucy’s fingers flew gracefully over the piano keys with effortlessness and sophistication, leaving Lang Lang in disbelief. “It’s unbelievable that she can play the suites. How did she study? This is incredible,” Lang Lang remarked. As Lucy’s dextrous fingers moved with precision, Mika could only stare in awe.
Lucy also left the crowd at the station in tears before wrapping up her recital. “I’m speechless, I don’t know what to say,” Lang Lang said to Mika, who responded they were both “completely flummoxed” by Lucy’s performance.
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Candice, Lucy’s mother, said Lucy showed a flair for music from a young age. She has been under the tutelage of Bath, a special needs piano teacher who worked with the Amber Trust, an organization that helps visually impaired children in the UK fulfill their musical potential.
Bath said Lucy had an inherent inclination and talent for the piano. In a short documentary, he said upon first meeting her, he told himself, “here’s a girl for whom music really is important. And it could be a way of unlocking her language, her social skills and, above all, her enjoyment of life.”
To teach Lucy a new composition, Bath sat next to her at the piano, put one arm around her and began to play as Lucy kept her hands on his.
“I will play the entire piece to her and then I will ask Lucy to have a go, and she will play what she remembers of the piece,” he said.
After Lucy had the chance to perform in front of people like Mika and Lang Lang, Candice expressed how grateful she was that her daughter was able to share her talent with such respected artists.
“It’s a once in a lifetime experience that neither of us will ever forget,” she said. “It was literally life changing, these kind of events don’t usually happen in our lives.”
Mika was blown away by the young girl’s artistic abilities. The pop star said:
"Magical things happen with music that are against all odds and all limitations. It's astonishing when it happens. When it happened in Leeds, when Lucy performed, it was jaw-dropping - it was the most humbling thing you could possibly see."
Candice said her “heart burst with emotion” when she saw how much Mika and Lang Lang respected Lucy.
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