We are delighted to announce this symposium will be led by Professor Adam Ockelford and Derek Paravicini.
This lecture-recital, in the form of an extended TED talk, will examine the impact of autism on musical development, and consider what exceptionality can tell us about the everyday musical experiences that we all share. It offers a rare opportunity to for audience members to interact with Derek Paravicini, the world-renowned musical savant.
Born prematurely at just 25 weeks, Derek Paravicini has suffered from blindess, learning impairment and severe autism for his entire life. Despite his impairment, Derek has the unique gift of perfect pitch, and is able to play any piece of music after hearing it only once.
In 2010, Derek was featured on Stan Lee’s “Superhumans”, whereupon tests verified his musical ability and confirmed his savantism. He began playing the piano at two, and subsequently attended the Linden Lodge School for the Blind in London. He met a piano instructor, Adam Ockelford, on his first visit to the school; recognising his genius, Adam began to teach him. Derek gave his first concert in South London aged seven.
Professor Adam Ockelford has a background as a composer, performer, teacher and researcher. Adam is a Professor of Music at the University of Roehampton, the Chair of Soundabout, a charity supporting music provision for young people and founder of the AMBER Trust, supporting visually impaired children in their pursuit of music.