World-famous pianist Derek Paravicini to perform for charity

Derek Paravicini
Derek Paravicini

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THOUSANDS of pounds is hoped to be raised from a concert with world-famous pianist Derek Paravicini.

The autistic savant pianist, from London, will be performing at HMS Collingwood to raise money for The Rainbow Centre.

The centre planned the concert with the Rotary Club of Whiteley and ticket prices have now been halved to encourage more people to go along.

The idea for the concert was thought of by former president of the Rotary Club Allan Chamberlain.

He said: ‘About seven years ago, I got in touch with Derek Paravicini’s mentor professor Adam Ockelford about him performing at a small concert in my garden.

‘A year later, the concert was held and we raised around £13,500 for The Rainbow Centre.

‘A couple of years later, I did the same again and around £20,000 was raised.

‘This year, Derek had to squeeze us in so the concert falls a few weeks before Christmas.

‘But to encourage people to come along, we have halved the ticket prices.’

Mr Paravicini has played around London, including at the Barbican Halls, and held a concert in Las Vegas.

He is blind and autistic and Allan said he has an amazing talent.

‘The concerts are always fabulous nights,’ he said.

‘Derek is amazing and he is really funny too. He is great.

‘When you hear him play, you cannot believe some of things he does.’

Rebecca Parvin, a local singer who has recently recorded her first album at Abbey Road Studios will also be performing.

All proceeds from the evening will go to The Rainbow Centre, in Palmerston Drive, in Fareham, which cares for children with cerebral palsy and other motor-skills problems.

It also cares for adults who have suffered a stroke or have Parkinson’s Disease.

The concert is on November 8, in the Millenium Theatre at HMS Collingwood, in Fareham.

Tickets are £30 and there will be drinks and canapés both on arrival and during the interval.

For more information, or to buy tickets, visit or call Ann Stuart on 01329 289500.