A Piece for the Duchess of Kent's 90th Birthday





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Charity founded by Duchess of Kent releases film of memories to celebrate her 90th birthday 

Wednesday 22nd February

The charity Future Talent has today released a video to celebrate the 90th anniversary of The Duchess of Kent, capturing memories of her work with the charity since she co- founded it in 2004. 

The video is set to a piece of music entitled Beauty will save the world, dedicated to the Duchess in honour of her birthday by young composer, pianist, and harpist Maddy Chassar-Hesketh (17) from Shropshire. Future Talent has supported Maddy for three years, and with their help she has been able to study at Purcell School of Music and the Royal College of Music. Her music has since been performed at Wigmore Hall, Maida Vale Studios, and the BBC Proms among many others. 

Future Talent’s mission is to unlock the potential of young musicians from low-income backgrounds across the UK. The Duchess of Kent was inspired to set up the charity because of the children and young people she met while working as a music teacher for 13 years at a primary school in Hull. 

The newly released film includes audio of her explaining the story behind the charity in her own words, “The start of Future Talent initially was all about these children... wonderfully talented children with the ability to get right to the top in their career and no options open for them whatsoever. Somebody had to find those stepping-stones... that pathway, climbing that wall and onto something. If they believe in themselves, they can do it and we will help them do it.” 

Composer Maddy Chassar-Hesketh said, “Happy Birthday to HRH The Duchess of Kent. Thank you for your work for the musicians of tomorrow. I hope you like my piece. The advice and help of Future Talent has made a huge difference in my music making.” 

Nicholas Robinson, Future Talent Chair, who co-founded the charity with the Duchess of Kent said, 

“On behalf of the Trustees, I send Katharine all our love and very best wishes for a happy birthday. Your passion for music and helping young people has touched so many lives over the years and you are an inspiration - thank you!” 

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