Southport Piano Academy has celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special concert.
The event took place at Southport Bijou Cinema with Southport MP Damien Moore and Mayor of Sefton Cllr June Burns as the special guests.
A total of 24 acts took to the stage, including piano, singing, clarinet, body popping, drama and Latin dancing.
A slide show was shown of all the Academy has achieved over the last ten years from their charity work, raising £13,000 to date, to winning the Southport Music Festival and taking successful ABRSM exams.
Southport Piano Academy Principal Claire Kelly DipLCM, MISM said: “It has been an amazing journey so far. Seeing the growth of the teaching team, from two of us to 20 and the addition of extra instruments aside from piano, being taught throughout the years, such as: guitar, saxophone, clarinet, drums, singing, flute, violin, ukulele and organ.
“Congratulations to all of the students and teachers who performed so well.
“I was so proud! I would also like to thank our MP and the Mayor who came to watch and the Chairman of The Southport Music Festival, Sue Dexter, who gave a lovely speech too.”
Southport MP Damien More said: “This weekend marked the 10-year anniversary of the Southport Piano Academy, with a special anniversary concert held at the Bijou Cinema to celebrate the Academy’s journey and growth over the past decade.
“It was a pleasure to be in attendance again this year, alongside the Mayor of Sefton and the Chair of the Southport Music Festival, to enjoy a showcase of performances from talented students and teachers at the academy.
“I wish to thank Principal Claire Kelly for her continued hard work in the community over the last 10 years; my sincere gratitude also goes to all those who performed in the showcase, and everyone who attended to show their support.”
Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, said: “It’s been absolutely wonderful showcasing the talent we have around Southport and a privilege to watch.
“It reminded me of ‘Sunday Night at The London Palladium!’”
The various charities the Academy has raised for over the years include: Make a Wish Foundation, Teenage Cancer Trust, Oxfam, Make a Change for Jasmine, Cancer Research, Together for Short Lives, Southport Food Bank, Queenscourt Hospice, Well Child, Action For Children, Eric’s Fund, Neema Trust, Neurofibromatosis charity, Make a Change for Botanic, Music For Dementia and Breast Cancer Prevention.
Southport Piano Academy is the largest music school in the area, catering to hundreds of students and performing regularly in local venues and rest homes.
There are 20 teachers and they offer lessons within private studios, home studios, mobile- to your home and also online.
For anyone wishing to learn to play an instrument themselves, or for anyone interesting in giving their child music lessons, more information can be found on the Academy’s website: https://www.southportpianoacademy.com/