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Amelia-Rose Hamilton

I started playing piano when I was just 3 years old, on a little keyboard attached to a children's book with colours and numbers to map out nursery rhymes. By the age of 6 years, I knew lots of Elvis Presley songs from heart and would sing along. I spent all hours playing on a keyboard before practising on my first piano.

Self-taught, I finally went to University to study music at Canterbury Christ Church University with Grenville Hancox MBE and John Hursey. It was at University that I took part in different ensembles, and went on to play at an award ceremony, a wedding, charity concerts and taking a guitar onto the wards of my local hospital playing and singing to the patients.

I also take music to Age Concern and play and sing with a variety of choirs. Last year, I ran a singing session with Whitstable Stroke Group and led a few singing sessions with Herne Bay Blind Club. I wish to continue taking music to people in different care settings, taking on a career in music therapy. I currently teach at a grammar school where I live and am starting a series of piano performances to raise money for the NSPCC.

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