Senior students at Cooloola Christian College; Kimberley McClintock, Emily Harris, Jamie Humphery, Calum Lee check out the school’s new piano.
Senior students at Cooloola Christian College; Kimberley McClintock, Emily Harris, Jamie Humphery, Calum Lee check out the school’s new piano. Renee Pilcher

World-renowned pianist to visit

AUSTRALIA'S world-renowned pianist David Helfgott is stepping on stage to help Cooloola Christian College students fulfil a grand vision.

The piano genius, made famous to the broader public through the Oscar-winning movie Shine, is set to embark on a series of charity concerts in Queensland schools.

The concerts, backed by Ellaways Music, aim to raise enough money to provide a professional concert grand piano for each participating school.

“The benefits of music in education are well documented, but many school music departments need extra financial support,” David's wife Gillian Helfgott said.

“David is so excited about being able to help students advance their love of music and provide a platform for the next generation of musicians.”

Mr Helfgott's illustrious career spans more than 40 years, littered with international tours and accolades including the New York Times' Most Influential Classical Musician of the Year and a Billboard double of Classical Musician of the Year and Classical CD of the Year.

Cooloola Christian College has a 2pm matinee and t 7pm concert on Saturday, July 31 at the college's new auditorium, on College Road, Southside.

Tickets are available from the college 8am-4pm Monday to Friday.

Gympie Times


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