Earlier this week, Surrey pupils were presented with an EJ prize by Foxy and Magic FM.
Students from the Orpheus Centre were delighted to have a visit from Magic FM’s Neil “Foxy” Fox and Verity Geere. The radio DJs were visiting Godstone to present Orpheus with a brand new piano with a certificate signed by Sir Elton, as well as a Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Gold Disc.
Jo Bega, Head of Development at Orpheus, told Eltonjohnworld.com that the Yamaha Clavinova CLP-545PE will be put to great use at the centre, where young disabled adults learn music and other performing arts to help them on their transition to independence.
Atalanta Beaumont, who volunteers for the trust, won the prize through a competition with Magic FM and CinemaLive, held in conjunction with the UK cinema screenings of Elton’s Las Vegas concert, The Million Dollar Piano. She said, “When I heard about the competition I know exactly who the prize should go to. There are so many talented people here; Orpheus is the perfect home for the piano.”
Musician and Orpheus founder, Sir Richard Stilgoe, remarked, “Many Orpheus students have a passion for songwriting, and will pen their own tunes at the Yahama, just as Elton John did with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road on the very same model.”
After enjoying a tour of the centre, Neil and Verity got to hear some of the talent at Orpheus for themselves, with student Christopher West performing on the new instrument. Neil was impressed by the “fabulous” work carried out at Orpheus and said “we are so pleased the piano has gone to such a good cause.”