Stockport Times West - - FRONT PAGE - Alex Scapens

AMU­SI­CIAN who first learned to per­form as a child with a toy glock­en­spiel will com­plete an 18-date tour to pro­mote his clas­si­cal al­bum.

Pi­anist Manny Vass, 26, from Cale Green, Stock­port, will re­lease The Sonic Waves next month. The al­bum has been funded by a Kick­starter cam­paign with £2,500 raised – £500 more than the orig­i­nal tar­get with around two weeks left.

The Kick­starter scheme al­lows peo­ple to do­nate and be re­paid in kind with a copy of the al­bum or a per­sonal recital, depend­ing on how much is pledged. Manny’s love of his glock­en­spiel led to him play­ing the pi­ano by the age of seven and he em­barked on a mu­sic ca­reer af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic in 2011.

He has since per­formed for the Prince of Monaco and had tracks from his pre­vi­ous and first al­bum played on the BBC and Clas­sic FM. Manny said: “I’m not from a mu­si­cal fam­ily, my dad was a car­pen­ter and he no­ticed I en­joyed the toy glock­en­spiel he bought me – that started me off.

“I have been very lucky. I love con­nect­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with peo­ple through mu­sic – whether that be teach­ing pi­ano in Daven­port or play­ing for the Prince of Monaco.

“I do my own mar­ket­ing, 20 years ago I would have had to go through an agent but now I can do it all my­self through the in­ter­net.”

His new al­bum con­tains wa­ter-themed clas­si­cal mu­sic from com­posers such as Han­del and Liszt. The cover shows Manny play­ing pi­ano by the sea and the photo is not a trick of the cam­era – the mu­si­cal in­stru­ment was driven onto a beach and then set up on sand cov­ered boards.

The tour in­cludes dates at Chatsworth Hall in Der­byshire, the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val and Lon­don. Closer to home Manny will per­form in Sand­bach, Alder­ley Edge and at St Paul’s Church in Withing­ton.

He said: “I want to help get rid of the myth that clas­si­cal mu­sic isn’t ac­ces­si­ble.”

The spec­tac­u­lar cover of Stock­port pi­anist Manny Vass’s new al­bum which is called Sonic Waves

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