25th May 2021 — St Michael’s Prep School, Otford was delighted to welcome concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy as the special guest for its Scholars’ Day on Thursday 20th May.
Mr McCarthy, who was the first left-hand-only graduate of the Royal College of Music in its 130-year history, hosted a music masterclass with the school's Music Scholars, before joining the wider Scholars group for an evening of food and entertainment.
Nicholas said: "It has been so wonderful to work with the pupils today.
"The performance standard of the Scholars is fantastic and their personalities came across in their performances. It was lovely to see."
During his visit, the talented musician shared his story with St Michael's including his performance with band Coldplay at the 2012 Paralympics Closing Ceremony.
Nicholas also offered words of encouragement for overcoming setbacks and barriers.
He said: "At my first audition I was turned away because they just didn't believe I could play the piano with one hand.
"I had to dig deep and find that resilience to carry on achieving my dream. Very quickly that fire built back up and I was determined to prove them wrong."
Commenting on the success of the event, St Michael's Deputy Head Mary Bridges said: “We were delighted to host a special event for our current scholars, incoming scholars and our Year 8 pupils who have achieved scholarships at their senior schools.
"Nicholas words inspired all of us and his performance was absolutely stunning. It was a true mark of excellence.”