BBC viewers in tears as blind pianist Lucy wows with Coronation performance

Royal fans were moved to tears as a young blind pianist wowed crowds at the King's Coronation concert on Sunday evening.

A pianist from Queen Camilla’s patronage, the Amber Trust, 13 year old Lucy Illingworth performed for the King and Queen during the Coronation concert at Windsor Castle.

The trust provides opportunities for blind and partially sighted people.

Lucy, who also has severe autism, performed Bach’s Prelude in C Major as King Charles and Queen Camilla watched on.

The note-perfect rendition prompted smiles and applause from the Princess of Wales,Princess Charlotte and the King.

The moving performance left BBC viewers in tears as they marvelled at Lucy's talent.

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Taking to Twitter, one person wrote: "#CoronationConcert is incredibly emotional – amazing performances by Lucy and the Romeo and Juliet ensemble."

Meanwhile, another commended Lucy's tear-jerking performance, writing: "Wow Lucy @theambertrust. You had me in tears! What a wonderful talent and a beautiful young lady. Bravo!"

"Lucy stole the show #CoronationConcert amazing young lady," penned another.

One person wrote: "Lucy Illingworth! She brings a tear to my eye every time! Incredible!"

In March, Lucy was awarded performance of the night during the final of The Piano.

The Channel 4 series saw singer-songwriter Mika, Chinese pianist Lang Lang and presenter Claudia Winkleman hunt for Britain’s most talented undiscovered pianists.

Following her win, Lucy’s mother Candice said: “I am beyond proud of my little girl, beyond proud.”

Among the other Coronation concert acts were a host of global superstars.

The Coronation Concert, beamed onto large screens across the country, saw the Prince of Wales make a speech honouring his father the King before performances by Katy Perry, Take That, Lionel Richie, and Nicole Scherzinger.

Hit makers including Katy Perry, who sang Roar and Firework, and Lionel Richie, who played renditions of Easy and All Night Long, entertained the 20,000 strong audience backed by a world-class 70-piece orchestra.

Take That then took to the stage with Greatest Day, Shine and, to close the show, Never Forget, featuring an intro from The Choristers of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

The 300-strong Coronation Choir, conducted by Gareth Malone, performed an uplifting version of the Emeli Sande song Brighter Days, while Steve Winwood sang his hit song Higher Love, accompanied by the Commonwealth virtual choir, with singers from more than 40 Commonwealth countries.

Other collaborations included Andrea Bocelli and Sir Bryn Terfel, who sang You’ll Never Walk Alone, and Lang Lang and Nicole Scherzinger, who performed Reflection from Mulan.


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