Blind pianist Lucy Illingworth sets audiences ‘bawling’ at Coronation Concert

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Lucy Illingworth at the Coronation Concert.
Lucy Illingworth at the Coronation Concert. Credit: BBC

Blind pianist Lucy Illingworth, who shot to fame after her performance in Leeds train station, had audiences in floods of tears with her Coronation Concert performance last night.

The 13-year-old star performed alongside an all-star cast of musical talent, including Katy Perry, Take That, and Lionel Richie, at Windsor Castle in front of the newly-crowned King Charles III and Queen Camilla, plus an audience of 10.1 million watching on the BBC from home.

And despite such big names joining her on the Coronation Concert line-up, viewers have quickly named her the highlight of the star-studded show, The Manc reports.

Lucy, who recently won Channel 4’s The Piano, did a stunning piano rendition of Bach’s Prelude in C.

The blind and neurodivergent teen’s performance has been labelled ‘amazing’, ‘wonderful’, and ‘phenomenal’ – as well as tear-jerking.

One person wrote: “Think I have something my eye,” after watching her stunning performance.

Someone else said: “Bawling again this time at lucy playing the piano like an absolute dream.”

Another said: “How fabulous was Lucy playing the piano, tears from me within seconds.”

Someone else said we need to see more diversity like this in performances, saying: “Don’t mind admitting I’m in absolute tears. Bog off Olly Murders and Gary Barlow. I want more sign language choirs, and more Lucy, to define the Carolean Era.”

Another person echoed that, writing: “Can’t get over Lucy’s talent. Favourite part of the #coronationconcert so far plus the massed voices of the Coronation Choir and Higher Love including the virtual commonwealth choirs. Not interested in the celebrities!!”

Charity The Amber Trust wrote: “We are incredibly proud of Lucy and everything she has achieved!

“Lucy is a phenomenal musician and we are thrilled that she has had this opportunity to share her talent with the nation. Well done Lucy!”

Lucy first shot to fame on Channel 4’s The Piano, where she delivered a spellbinding performance of Debussy’s Arabesque No.1 in the final.

Judge and pop star Mika spoke about her winning performance, “It was about just highlighting if something extraordinary was to happen. Something that no-one could forget… and that happened.”

Fellow judge and pianist Lang Lang, who was captivated by Lucy described the young pianist as a ‘real genius’.

In a heartfelt twist which further underlined how different the programme was to other reality TV shows, all contestants were gifted a piano to take home.

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