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One-handed pianist from Surrey to play Paralympic closer with Coldplay

PUBLISHED: 22:31 04 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:49 20 February 2013

One-handed pianist from Surrey to play Paralympic closer with Coldplay

One-handed pianist from Surrey to play Paralympic closer with Coldplay

When Coldplay perform at the Paralympic Games' closing ceremony on Sunday, they will be sharing the stage with a very special musician from Surrey - the first one-handed graduate of the Royal College of Music.

When Coldplay perform at the Paralympic Games' closing ceremony on Sunday, they will be sharing the stage with a very special musician from Surrey - the first one-handed graduate of the Royal College of Music.


Born without his right hand,23-year-old Nicholas McCarthy, from Tadworth, is expected to perform to a global audience of around 750 million as part of The British Paraorchestra.


Nicholas did not start piano lessons until he was 14 but eventually went on to study at the prestigious Royal College of Music in London, graduating in July.


The pianist will also be appearing in a Channel Four documentary called The GreatBritish Paraorchestra,which willbe aired prior to theParalympic closing ceremony.


For those not lucky enough to have tickets for the Olympic Stadium, you can see Nicholas performing a solo concert at Fairfield Halls in Croydon on Thursday September 13.

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