On stage with piano legend

Lydia Wyatt, 12
Lydia Wyatt, 12

RASTRICK High School student Lydia Wyatt has been selected as one of the 100 outstanding pianists of the future to play alongside world famous Chinese pianist, Lang Lang.

The massed piano day at the South Bank Centre in London, will culminate in a never before seen or heard experience when the Royal Festival Hall stage is filled with pianos and pianists.

The concert is led by Lang Lang, in which he plays and presents outstanding new pianists of the future.

Pianists aged between five and 24 had a rare opportunity to display their potential talent and join the gifted virtuoso on stage for the massed concert on May 22.

An overwhelming number of applicants applied and 12-year-old Lydia was one of the 100 musicians chosen.

Lydia heard she had been successful by email. She said: “I was really excited and pleased as I never expected I’d get to play.”

Lang Lang is heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times. The 28-year-old has played sold out recitals in every major city in the world.

For nearly a decade, Lang Lang has been travelling around the world taking taking part in volunteer activities such as mentoring rising young talent, performing for sick children and delivering recitals in remote communities.

Lydia said joining him on stage would be a night she would remember for the rest of her life.

Staff and pupils at Rastrick High are wishing her the best of luck for what they describe as a thoroughly deserved honour.