Pianist asked to play for prince

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AN award-winning pianist has been asked to provide music for an array of famous and distinguished guests at the Variety Club’s 50th Anniversary Ball, which takes place at Harewood House next month.

Former Woldgate student Emmanuel Vass was one of the first students to attend Yorkshire Young Musicians, a specialist school in Leeds that develops the potential of talented music students.

From an early age, Emmanuel has won numerous music awards in competitions throughout the region. This resulted in him being selected to receive the Leverhulme Scholarship to study piano at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester, one of the first ever scholarships awarded for piano.

The 22 year-old has since graduated and is now working on new material for recitals and other music related projects.

Emmanuel featured on regional television composing a 15-minute piece of music, entitled Winter Solstice, which was previewed by the Scarborough Symphony Orchestra.

And, last year, Emmanuel performed for Lord Levy and the Russian Ambassador in a benefit for 82 of the countries’ leading charity organisers at the Golden Room within Kensington Palace Gardens.

Prince Albert of Monaco is the patron of the Variety Club and will be attending the upcoming bash at Harewood House near Leeds, along with other stars from stage, screen and the world of entertainment.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me,” said Emmanuel.

“I am extremely grateful to Debra Franks of the International Music Agency for putting my name forward for this event. Debra has followed my development from an early age and it is a privilege to be considered by the Variety Club.

“I thank them for their foresight in giving a platform to young emerging talent.

“As one of the first members of YYM, I am now an ambassador for the school. It is a great honour to represent the young people currently on the scheme, those who have recently completed their studies and foremost to recognise the fantastic achievements of the YYM founding director, Penny Stirling.

“I am one the first students to be supported by the YYM scheme to finish at a top music college and I hope the scheme continues to produce hundreds of talented musicians from Yorkshire in the future.”