Louth pupils hits the right note with concert pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi

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A YOUNG pianist from Louth was among six budding ivory ticklers to be put through their paces by a world renowned musician.

Louis Moulding, aged 14, played with world renowned concert pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi at the Old Palace in Lincoln recently.

Children from Church of England schools in the Diocese of Lincoln, who have achieved ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) or Trinity Guildhall Piano Grade 3 to Grade 8, were invited to apply for one of the six places.

Louis, who plays to Grade 5 level, started playing at the age of eight.

He said: “Mr Takenouchi was able to teach me about phasing and how to follow the music with the placement of the notes.

“It was quite strange taking a lesson in front of a crowd, but it was something I am very glad to have experienced. I like playing all types of music and I practise at least 45 minutes each day.

“Mr Takenouchi’s advice will certainly help me to improve.”

Hiroaki has been playing for the past 25 years and was born in Japan. He is now based in London and has appeared on many of the world’s concert platforms. He was recently featured as a pianist on the BBC 4 documentary The Prince and the Composer:  A Film about Hubert Parry by HRH The Prince of Wales.

He spent around 30 minutes with each child, listening to them play, picking up strengths and weaknesses and offering advice on how they could improve their playing.

“I had a very warm welcome from the children,” said Hiroaki. “This was a very enjoyable experience for me.