A BOY from Bourne has taken part in a masterclass with a world famous concert musician.
Bourne Abbey Primary Academy pupil Stanley Godfrey, 11, joined five other young musicians from Lincolnshire in Lincoln to participate in a 30-minute one-on-one music lesson with Japanese pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi.
Hiroaki was born in Japan and is now based in London. As a soloist, he has appeared on many of the world’s concert platforms and was recently featured as a pianist on the BBC Four documentary The Prince and the Composer.
Stanley, who lives with his family in Ancaster Road, Bourne, has passed grade four piano and was one of the lucky pupils picked from Church of England schools in the Diocese of Lincoln, having been put forward for the opportunity by his school.
Stanley, who has been playing the piano for the past four years, said: “It was a really good experience to have a masterclass with Mr Takenouchi.
“It was a bit nerve-wracking to have a lesson with someone so talented in front of a room full of people, but I did enjoy it.”
Hiroaki spent 30 minutes with each child, listening to them play, picking up strengths and weaknesses and offering advice on how they could improve their playing.
Stanley played two pieces for Hiroaki, one by Bach and a second by Gedike, which he had prepared with his piano teacher Noel Bellamy.
Stanley said: “One of the tips he gave me that I haven’t heard before was to sing while I’m playing so that I keep the rhythm of the music better.”
The free masterclasses were organised as part of the Lincoln Cathedral Music Appeal which supports the teaching, rehearsal and performance of music at Lincoln Cathedral. The appeal aims to raise £2.5m to guarantee the future of the choir, organ music, instrument maintenance and public performances.
Hiroaki also gave a recital in the Lincoln Minster School recital hall in the evening.