Young musicians to help children

Talented young musicians will take to the stage at a benefit gig designed to help other children.

The musicians, seen as the classical music stars of the future, will perform at the Children Helping Children Concert in aid of HemiHelp, a charity for children and young people with hemiplegia.

The 2013 show is the 10th anniversary of the concert. Previous audiences have seen a young Nicola Benedetti, before she went on to win BBC Young Musician Of The Year and the debut performance of Hayley Westenra.

The show, sponsored by the trustees of The Robert Fleming Hannay Memorial Charity, takes place on April 27 at 6pm at London’s Cadogan Hall.

It will be presented by BBC Radio 3’s Sean Rafferty and include guest speaker Siobhan McMahon MSP.

The 2013 Children Helping Children Concert will showcase talented young musicians aged between 7 and 17 years old.

They include a 13-year old pianist and composer who will play a movement from his own concerto, a 17-year old clarinet player, and the Junior Brass Band Group from the Centre For Young Musicians. Celebrity guest appearances are still to be announced.

Tickets cost from £20 with discounts for groups of 15 or more and for under 16s.

Money raised from the Children Helping Children Concert will allow HemiHelp to continue to provide information and support to children and families affected by hemiplegia. Childhood hemiplegia is a form of cerebral palsy and is an incurable condition, caused by damage to the brain, which may happen before, during or soon after childbirth.

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