Violinist Lilly Kurata performs at the Amber Trust's Annual Concert in September

Amber trio to close Music in Mind

Amber Trust beneficiaries Ashleigh Turley, Ivan Rodriguez Deb and Lilly Kurata will bring the curtain down on the Wimbledon International Music Festival’s Music in Mind Symposium on November 7. 

The teenage trio are set to perform alongside Trust patron Derek Paravicini as part of the ‘Music & Blindness’ seminar at King’s College School in Wimbledon. 

Eighteen-year-old multi-instrumentalist Turley’s interpretation of I Wish I Knew – by Billy Taylor & Dick Dallas – was among the highlights of September’s Annual Concert at The Wathen Hall in Barnes. 

Violinist Kurata, pictured above, and cellist Rodriguez Deb, both 16, also impressed that day with performances of work by J.S Bach and Gabriel Faure, respectively. 

The session, organised by Amber Trust founder Adam Ockelford in association with the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research, is part of a full day of events and music discussing how music impacts neurodiverse brains. 

“Music really is of special importance to blind children.  For some, music is their window on the world,” said Adam.  

Pianist Derek Paravicini
Star performer: Amber patron Derek Paravicini – pictured in rehearsal ahead of the Amber Trust’s Annual Concert in Barnes on September 26 – will perform at the Music in Mind Symposium

The session also features Amber Trust chief executive Angela Voyajolu talking about how her research was used to set up the charity’s Little Amber music service.

The service aims to engage blind and partially sighted babies and young children with music. 

The Music in Mind Symposium is a day for everyone curious about how the musical mind works and how it can be affected by autism, deafness and blindness from early years to professional performance.

Other highlights include a percussion demonstration from Dame Evelyn Glennie and a chat with Radio 3 presenter & celebrated composer Michael Berkeley. 

For tickets visit Music in Mind | Wimbledon International Music Festival 2021 (  

To see Ashleigh Turley, Ivan Rodriguez Deb and Lilly Kurata performing in The Amber Trust’s Annual Concert visit The Amber Trust’s Annual Concert 2021 – with enhanced sound. – YouTube 

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