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Renowned pianist records single for Yorkshire charity’s anniversary

A renowned pianist has written and recorded a single to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of a Yorkshire charity.

“Avalon Blues”, which is being released on Thursday 9 October 2104, has been recorded by Derek Paravicini, the blind and autistic musical savant to mark the twentieth anniversary of leading social care charity, the Avalon Group.

The charity – founded in 1994 and located on Harrogate’s Grove Park Court – provides flexible care, support and companionship for everyday life, as well as housing, learning and employment, supporting a wide range of individuals across the North of England so that they can live the lives they choose.

Paravicini, who was born extremely prematurely at just 25 weeks, has severe learning disabilities as well as being blind and autistic, but despite this is one of the finest musicians in the country.

The 35-year-old pianist was given a brief consisting only of three notes and has turned that into what has been described as a “wonderful composition” by the charity.

Larry Hollando, Avalon Group CEO, said: We were delighted when Derek agreed to help us celebrate Avalon Group’s twentieth anniversary.

We’ve been striving to help people live the life of their choosing through our flexible support and fantastic carers for 20 years, and we think that’s well worth celebrating.

And, what better way to do that than to show people that they can live the life they want to; Derek’s supreme talents are testament to that very fact.

It has been wonderful to work with someone who is the very embodiment of our values, and we very much look forward to sharing the product of this collaboration with people as part of our anniversary celebrations in September.

Although we haven’t had any involvement in supporting Derek, he understands both the importance and the need for the work we do in the North of England.

The single will be available to download from the Avalon Group’s SoundCloud page at

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