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The key to helping children

February 7 - 13, 2018

Gulf Weekly The key to helping children

A talented student and her teacher will be tickling the ivories for a good cause and playing a selection of classical and contemporary pieces for music lovers.

Dynamic duo Nadiia Lopchynska and Danielle Abi Farrage aim to enchant listeners with a charity piano concert on Saturday, with all proceeds going towards the Children’s Cancer Unit in Salmaniya Hospital.

Ukrainian Nadiia, 28, has been teaching piano at Bahrain’s Harmony Music Centre for four years and will be partnering with one of her promising pupils, Danielle, 17, a Lebanese-Canadian final year IB student at St Christopher’s School.

“I’ve wanted to do some outreach work here for some time and finally got the opportunity,” said Nadiia. “It’s great to support a cause for children because I work with them so much.

“We managed to get in touch with the hospital cancer unit and decided to organise the concert with the theme of ‘love’ since it’s so close to St Valentine’s Day! It also happens to be International Childhood Cancer Day on February 15, so we knew it was a sign that we should do this.”

Nadiia has always loved music, starting piano lessons when she was only eight, before going on to study music at university and eventually becoming a teacher.

Danielle has been her student for almost four years, having started piano when she was six, initially at the insistence of her mum. “I’ve learned to really love it now, especially because I do IB and that gets really stressful, so I need that outlet,” said Danielle. “I also love to do community work and this seemed like a really great opportunity to raise money for poorly children. I’m interested in a career in medicine, so empathy is an important quality for a future doctor!”

The concert is being staged at Harmony Music Centre, in Abu Saiba, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Tickets are BD10. For details call 36464360 or visit

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