FULL VERSION: Blind girl, Lucy, with neurodiversity stuns crowd with Chopin piano performance!
Blind girl, Lucy, with neurodiversity stuns crowd with Chopin piano performance!
‘She’s a miracle!’ Viewers break down in tears over ‘beautiful’ Chopin performance by blind girl, 13, at Leed's train station.
Viewers were left in tears after watching a blind 13-year-old girl flawlessly perform Chopin on the piano at a train station in Birmingham.
Budding pianist Lucy took to the keys on an episode of Channel 4's The Piano, a talent show hosted by Claudia Winkleman and judged by pop star Mika and concert pianist Lang Lang.
The show involves pianists performing at Birmingham New Street and London St Pancras stations in front of crowds while the judges watch in a secret room, before selecting one pianist at the end of each episode to perform on stage.
A clip of Lucy's performance, which has not yet been broadcast in full, was posted on Twitter by the Channel 4 official account, leaving viewers incredibly moved.
Her mesmerising performance stuns the crowd at the station who watch on in awe, with people online saying they were 'tearful' after watching the clip.
At the beginning of the clip, Lucy is led to the piano by a man who helps her find her seat, while Winkleman speaks to a woman who appears to be Lucy's mother or guardian.
The woman reveals Lucy, who is neurodivergent, covers her ears when people applaud her.
The woman explains: 'She likes the applause, but she doesn't like the sound of the applause.
'So her fingers go in her ears for sensory reasons.'
When Winkleman asks if she needs to tell the crowd not to clap, the woman insists Lucy 'loves the applause'.
Dressed in a navy blue tulle dress with gold butterflies and a white cardigan, with her hair in bunches, Lucy prepares to play Chopin's Opus 9 Number 1.
A crowd forms around the piano, with many people recording her on their phones. Meanwhile Mika and Lang Lang, who are watching the clip in a separate room, look visibly moved and watch the performance with open mouths.
At one point, Mika holds his hand up to his mouth and appears to fight back tears.
Lang says: 'It's unbelievable that she can play this piece. How - how does she study? I mean, it's incredible.'
As Lucy finishes the piece and the crowd applauds her, Lang can be heard saying: 'Oh my God. Oh my God this is - this is impossible.'
He adds: 'I'm speechless, I don't know what to say.'
Mika, with tears in his eyes, laughs and replies: 'There's nothing to say.'
He added he was 'flummoxed' and left 'speechless' by Lucy's moving performance.
After the clip was posted on Twitter, users echoed the judges' sentiments.
'Wow! Made me teary eyed that. Amazing stuff,' one person said.
Another wrote: 'A magical and beautiful performance by Lucy. An inspiration to everyone watching and a reminder that being neurodiverse is a gift.'
Describing the clip as 'stunning', one viewer said: '[Lucy] looked so wrapped up in a cocoon of beautiful sound and her playing looked effortless.'
Other people wrote that the clip had given them a 'big smile' and was 'uplifting' to watch, while a piano teacher shared her experience of coaching a blind student.
She wrote: 'Blind musicians are incredible in how they learn and memorise music. I have been so blessed by my own, young blind student who has challenged me to look again at my teaching and more besides.
'Lucy featured here is very special.'
Amazing, and soooooooo beautifully played. A genius at the keys, see Lang Lang's face when he watches, listens to her play. Lang Lang is the finest pianist in the world.........until now???????