Pianist Stanley Godfrey invited to masterclass

Stanley Godfrey is going to be doing a masterclass with a Japanese concert pianist
Stanley Godfrey is going to be doing a masterclass with a Japanese concert pianist
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A YOUNG pianist from Bourne has been invited to attend a once-in-a-life time masterclass with a world famous concert musician.

Bourne Abbey Primary Academy pupil Stanley Godfrey will travel up to Lincoln on Monday to have 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, 11, who lives with his family in Ancaster Road, has passed grade four piano and is one of only six children selected to play from Lincolnshire after he was put forward by his school.

Stanley regularly plays the piano at school, providing music for assemblies,

His proud mother, Amanda Godfrey said: “He is really excited he can’t wait.

“He is a very talented musician, I don’t know where he gets it from.

“He always practises a lot, as soon as he gets in from school he gets straight on the piano.

“I never have to tell him to practise.”

Stanley will play two pieces when he visits the Old Palace in Lincoln, one by Bach and a second by Gedike, which he has prepared with his piano teacher Noel Bellamy.

Hiroaki will then offer tips and advice on his playing.

As well as excelling at the piano Stanley is a chorister at Bourne Abbey Church and he is currently learning to play the organ.

Later on Monday, at 7.30pm, Hiroaki will perform a piano recital in aid of Lincoln Cathedral’s Music Appeal at Lincoln Minster School. Tickets cost £12.