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Malvern Editorial 3rd Jul, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A BRAND new electric keyboard has been donated to a community centre which can now put on free taster music sessions.

The generous gesture was made by Peter Smith, artistic director of the Autumn in Malvern Festival, who was more than happy to help out the Octagon in Poolbrook.

The free sessions will now be incorporated as part of the Brook Farm Drive venue’s weekly showcase between 1.30pm and 3pm every Thursday and provided by fledgling music teacher Sophie Hillyard.

“I am in the process of setting up my own business as a piano teacher but wanted to do something more proactive,” Sophie said.

“As far as I know there is nothing in Malvern for young kids to come together and play their instruments in a classical way and thats the sort of thing we want to do.

“I am really grateful to Peter, without this donation we simply wouldn’t be able to do the sessions.

“It’s hard to know if your going to like the piano and these sessions will provide a nice introduction.”

Peter added: “There is quite a lot of amateur music activity in Malvern both with singing and instrumental groups, but we always want to get more people playing.

“This gift is part of our community outreach programme and a fitting way to mark the Autumn in Malvern Festival’s 25th anniversary this year.”

The music sessions are free at the Octagon but anyone interested in Sophie’s private tuition can contact her at or on 07817 751882.

They will be held in Malvern Wells Village Hall and cost £15 per half hour.

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