Blind pianist plays for idol Jools Holland

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A talented blind pianist was invited by celebrity musician and impresario Jools Holland to play for him ahead of one of his Skegness shows.

Isabella King has just turned nine-years-old but already demonstrates exceptional skill on the ivories.

Her talents were noticed by the manager of the Embassy Theatre – Pollyanne Trapmore-Shaw – who showed a video of the youngster playing to Holland.

Holland was equally-impressed and invited Isabella and her mum Elizabeth to a private meet-and-greet to show off her keyboard skills before he performed his show at the venue.

Mrs Trapmore-Shaw said: “Isabella really deserved this chance and we are very grateful to Jools for giving her this. We are equally humbled by Isabella’s talent and supreme confidence in her performance.”

Elizabeth said: “Isabella has a natural flair and is very intuitive, playing A Level music, Grade 5 pieces and everything else by ear.

“She always jazzes things up a little and so many times I have heard myself saying, ‘She’s like a mini Jools Holland’.”

Following the meet-and-greet, the pair took to their seats in the audience to enjoy the performances by Jools, the rhythm and blues orchestra, Marc Almond, Melanie C, Ruby Turner and 
Louise Marshall.

“Coming to Skegness is always quite an ordeal for Izzy as the sounds of the amusement arcades and funfair can often be quite disorientating,” said Elizabeth, of Boston.

“It’s been the most amazing experience to show and inspire Izzy that Skegness offers so much more – I’m sure she’ll be asking if Jools is coming again next week.”