Robert tickles the ivories for Autism

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A Dronfield pianist will be supporting the National Autistic Society when he plays at Crystal Peaks shopping centre next month.

Robert Wostenholme is himself autistic but does not allow that to stand in the way of his passion for the piano.

The 17-year-old, who lives in the city with parents Gary and Helen, will be entertaining shoppers throughout the day on September 6 with a selection of his favourite music.

Centre manager Lee Greenwood said: “We are delighted to welcome Robert back to Crystal Peaks once more. The last time he was with us he raised £767.67 for the National Autistic Society and we’d love it if our visitors could help him reach £1,000 this time!”

Robert recently completed a development year at the Henry Fanshawe School, in Dronfield, studying GCSE Maths and English and gaining practical experience by attending an AS Music technology course and supporting younger students in their music classes. He began playing the piano at the age of eight and recently attained distintion at grade 7 with the London College of Music.

Despite his autism, Robert is comfortable playing to large audiences and would love to be a professional pianist.