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International music foundation pays for new piano room in Walthamstow primary

The ‘piano lab’ was opened by the CEO of the Lang Lang Foundation on a special visit to The Winns Primary School last week

Pupils with teachers and representatives from the charity, Credit: Lang Lang Foundation

The head of an international music foundation paid a visit to The Winns Primary School in Walthamstow last week to celebrate the opening of a new piano room.

CEO of the Lang Lang Foundation, Leszek Barwinski Brown visited the school along with chairwoman Amy Lam and the global development director Oli Rose. During the visit, the school presented Amy Lam with a plaque as a token of appreciation for her donation to the school’s new piano room.

On the day, Sherri Yun, a former young scholar of the Lang Lang Foundation, who is currently pursuing classical piano studies at the Royal Academy of Music, enchanted pupils and teachers with a performance of selected pieces. The foundation’s funding of the school’s new piano room was due to it being chosen as the first school in the country for its music education program.

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The program is called Keys Of Inspiration, which is a music education program seeking to prevent students from being overlooked or underserved by music in underfunded schools. The foundation also says the program addresses the lack of equitable access to music education, which is an essential element of childhood development.

Credit: Lang Lang Foundation

Lang Lang, a celebrated Chinese pianist, who has also previously visited the school, said: “I am truly delighted to see the incredible impact that Keys Of Inspiration has had on The Winns Primary School in its first year. When I hear about the positive effects the program has on both the school and the students, it continues to reinforce why we are doing what we are doing, and I cannot wait to see the program’s continued expansion unfold across the UK and around the world.”

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