This one’s for Paul’s home village

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PIANIST Paul Wilkinson was so impressed with efforts to improve his home village of Bailiff Bridge that he decided to hold a concert in the new community centre to celebrate the achievement.

Paul, who recently moved from Lightcliffe to Bailiff Bridge, is a teacher, composer and performer and is passionate about encouraging musical talent in young people.

He will give a solo piano concert in Bailiff Bridge Community Centre, which opened in January, on Saturday October 15 at 7.30pm. The concert is sponsored by GSG Pianos in Bradford and Paul will play a selection of jazz, classical and improvisational music.

He said: “I’ve been very impressed by all the hard work that has gone on in Bailiff Bridge and I thought it would be a nice idea to give a concert for local people in the new community centre.

“I’ve had a very busy year. I’ve released a new album called ‘Magic’ and just composed a new symphony. I’ve also written a piano book for children called ‘Ten Tundeful Tales which is to be published by Kirklees Music.

“With my wife Sarah Michelle Wilkinson, I’ve also written a new musical for children called ‘Back to Normal’ which will be performed in London at the end of the year,” said Paul who teaches piano and lectures in music at Leeds Music College.

Music has always been central to Paul’s life and he learnt to play the piano at the age of 11. His career includes being commissioned by the BBC to write a wind quintet for young artists and becoming runner-up in the Perrier Jazz awards in London.

He has travelled extensively in Japan and Europe and his music has been inspired by his journeys abroad.

Tickets for the concert at £5 are available from 07917 331178 or from www.paulwilkinson.co.uk