A TALENTED teenage flautist has recorded a CD to raise cash for The Brain Tumour Charity.
Fifteen-year-old Olivia Fennell, who gained a distinction for her ATCL (Associate of Trinity College London) flute diploma when she was just 13, was inspired to create the CD for her friend Hannah Jones, from Chester.
Hannah, a student at the University of Chester and a former Christleton High School pupil, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008, when she was 15.
Hannah, now 19, has had three operations to remove a 7cm tumour and undergone radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment. During the third operation she suffered a stroke, which initially left her paralysed down her left side but, thanks to intensive physiotherapy and a lot of hard work, Hannah learned to walk again.
Since then she has been a tireless campaigner to raise funds for brain cancer research and was named 2010 Trinity Mirror Cheshire/ScottishPower Champion of Champions in 2010.
Hannah, who is training to be a primary school teacher, still has to undergo six-monthly scans.
Olivia, who is home-educated, met Hannah through her sister Molly, who has music lessons with Olivia’s mum Ruth at her home in Minera.
She said: “I met Hannah and we have become friends. I thought it would be nice to make a CD to help her raise funds for research.”
Olivia’s CD, called Flute Magic, includes pieces by CPE Bach, Widor’s Suite and Fauré’s Morceau de Concours.
Hannah said: “I am very honoured and grateful to Ruth and Olivia for producing the CD as they are both so talented and caring people. It is also amazing for brain tumour awareness and funding. I can’t thank them enough.”
Gap Personnel has sponsored publicity material to support the CD.
Copies of Flute Magic are available for £5 (plus £1.20 postage and packing) from Ruth Fennell, 28 Mwynffordd, Minera, Wrexham, LL11 3YL or by calling 01978 759486.
You can listen to Olivia Fennell on YouTube via the Chester Chronicle website, www.chesterchronicle.co.uk.