A 17-year-old musician, who suffers from a degenerative hearing condition, is organising a ‘secret’ school concert in aid of a vital charity.
Honey Childs is keeping a mysterious veil over the format of the concert - the third she has put on at King Edward VI, in Bury St Edmunds - but promises to surprise and delight the audience visually as well as through sound.
Through the event on Thursday July 4 at 7.30pm, she aims to raise funds for the National Deaf Children’s Society - a charity close to her heart.
The Hartest teenager has been diagnosed as being on the ‘borderline of severely deaf’ following years of hearing problems.
However, the condition has now started to ‘even out’ despite a ‘slight decrease’ in her hearing since she organised her last concert in December 2011.
She said: “It’s looking as though it’s going to stay where it is and not decline anymore. We noticed the main deterioration was when I was growing. I’ve stopped growing now so it’s balancing out.”
As a pianist, she continues to hone her skills and has started learning Grade Eight pieces.
She said: “As the music is getting more complicated to play, sometimes it’s a bit harder to pick things out but through reading the music, following it while listening, it’s quite good. I’m really focusing on the dynamics when I’m playing.”
The concert, which prepares her for her chosen career in events management and public relations, features performances from her and fellow students with classical, jazz, folk and acoustic music.
She said: “This one is going to be a lot different than the previous two and hopefully bigger, better and brighter.”
As part of Independent Buisness Month, the concert is being supported by Balaams Music, Rojo Art and Sunrise as well as Personal Computer Services.
It starts at 7.30pm in the Foundation Room at the school.
For tickets visit www.summerssecret.eventbrite.co.uk and Balaams, in Risbygate Street, Bury.
They are also available in school and on the door.Follow the event on Twitter on @SummersSecret1