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Ollie set to light up Durham with interactive piano performance

Ollie set to light up Durham with interactive piano performance

Upper Sixth musician, Ollie Waterhouse, is getting ready to light up Durham after being asked to perform at this year’s Lumiere Festival.
 
The talented Grade 8 pianist has been chosen to play in ‘Keys of Light’, a spectacular interactive installation which has been exhibited all over the world, at the 10th anniversary of the UK’s largest light festival.  
 
Ollie will perform his chosen pieces from, Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu and Debussy’s Dr Gradus ad Parnassum on Saturday 16th November at 8.40pm in front of hundreds of spectators. Each note he plays on the grand piano will generate a projection on the facade of Rushford Court, transforming the building into a spectacle of shape-shifting patterns responding to the tone, speed and volume of the live music. 
 
Speaking about the event, Ollie said: "I am delighted to have been chosen to play at Lumiere and I’m really looking forward to the night, I just hope I get to play on a full grand piano!"  
 
Ollie, who has been playing piano for eight years, was encouraged to apply to perform at Lumiere by his piano teacher, Nick Nowicki. This achievement follows on from his success at the 2018 Wansbeck Music Festival, where he won the Open solo piano competition and was awarded the Elizabeth Spowart Rose Bowl.