A piano virtuoso from the area has achieved an astonishing feat after self-producing an album using his computer and phone, which has reached number three in an albums chart and possibly set a world record.
Emmanuel Vass, from the village of Melbourne, recently released his second album ‘Sonic Waves’, which has reached number three in the Official Classical Artist Albums Chart, behind superstar violinist and conductor André Rieu who is at number one.
The album gained national exposure on the radio station Classic FM recently.
Emmanuel, who attended Pocklington’s Woldgate College, hopes to have set a new world record for ‘first unsigned, crowd funded album to reach the top 10 in an album chart’.
This is still to be verified by Guinness World Records.
The 26-year-old said: “It feels pretty amazing, it’s an honour to be the youngest person from the UK in the top 10 at the moment. The men above me are from the Netherlands and Italy and here I am from Pocklington.
“I made the album using just a computer and phone, in comparison to record labels who have teams of full-time staff and massive budgets.”
To fund Sonic Waves, Emmanuel set up a campaign to raise £2,000 to record the album. Within five days of launching the campaign, about £2,200 had been pledged by his fans. Altogether he received £3,300 in donations. The money has been used to fund the recording, marketing, design, and production costs associated with releasing the CD.
It is possible he may have achieved another world record for ‘fastest funded classical music project’, but has to wait for verification from Guinness World Records.
Starting this month, the chart-topping pianist is undertaking a 17-date Sonic Waves’ tour until September, which includes a gig at Pocklington Arts Centre next week.
Sonic Waves features water-themed classical music by composers Liszt, Debussy, Chopin, Schubert, Saint-Saëns and Handel.
The album will also feature arrangements of three traditional sea shanties, arranged in a virtuosic, classical style.
His debut album ‘From Bach to Bond’, released in 2013, was also self-produced and proved a success.
His concert at the Arts Centre on 19 June, from 7.30pm, is in aid of Friends of Pocklington Arts Centre. Tickets cost £12 for adults, £6 for under-18s and are available for the venue’s box office.
A ‘friend’ of the Arts Centre, Margaret Stubbs, said: “I’m delighted to hear this great news, I made a leap of faith when Manny was just 17 and arranged a concert to provide a platform for young people ‘Manny Vass and Friends’ at Pocklington Arts Centre. This exceeded all expectations and since then Manny agreed to do two more concerts as fundraisers for the Friends of Pocklington Arts Centre.”
To promote his new album, Emmanuel has recorded an impressive video outside Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. Watch the video on the Pocklington Post website - www.pocklingtonpost.co.uk