Award-winning concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy has become a Patron of creative arts charity Create. Since graduating from the Royal College of Music, Nicholas has become a familiar name in classical music circles with appearances at the BBC Proms, on BBC Radio 4, Channel 4 and ITV. Create’s other Patrons include writer Esther Freud, choreographer Matthew Bourne OBE, percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and Royal Academician Ken Howard OBE RA.
Nicholas was born in 1989 without his right hand. He began to play piano aged 14 after seeing a friend play Beethoven’s Waldstein sonata. In 2012, his graduation from RCM made history as Nicholas became the only left-hand pianist to graduate from the institution in its 130 year history.
Create’s Co-founder & Chief Executive, Nicky Goulder said, “We’re delighted that Nicholas has accepted our invitation to become a Patron. Create provides creative workshops for children and adults with a range of abilities and Nicholas is such a positive role model. People with physical impairments are significantly less likely to take part in cultural activities despite the health benefits they bring. The arts can have a huge impact on wellbeing and feeling part of a community, which is especially important for those who are marginalised or excluded from other learning opportunities. We believe that with access to the arts, everyone can embrace their creativity and achieve great things.”
Nicholas commented, “I’m thrilled to have been asked to become a Patron of this award-winning charity, which has achieved so much in just 11 years. It will be an honour and a privilege to help the charity in its mission of impacting on the lives of people who are disadvantaged and vulnerable. I look forward to doing as much as I can to make a difference.”
On 30 November, Nicholas will be attending creative:space, Create’s interactive music-making event for disabled children and their families. Tickets are available via Create’s website, www.createarts.org.uk