Channel 4’s ‘The Piano’ is a talent show hosted by Claudia Winkleman and judged by pop star Mika and concert pianist Lang Lang. In this episode, the judges discover Lucy, a blind pianist with neurodiversity.
The show involves pianists performing at Birmingham New Street and London St. Pancras stations in front of crowds. At the same time, the judges watch in a secret room before selecting one pianist at the end of each episode to perform on stage.
Lucy performs a piece by famed pianist/composer Chopin. His music is notoriously tricky for pianists. Lucy sits at the piano at Leed’s train station, leaving onlookers stunned.
The 13-year-old delivered a flawless performance that left viewers emotionally moved. Many viewers were standing around, filming on their cell phones while shedding tears.
At the beginning of the clip, Winkleman speaks to a woman who appears to be Lucy’s mother or guardian. The woman reveals Lucy, who is neurodivergent, covers her ears when people applaud her.
The woman explains, “She likes the applause, but she doesn’t like the sound of the applause. So her fingers go in her ears for sensory reasons.” Her efforts definitely draw the praise of many people.
As Lucy plays Chopin’s Opus 9 Number 1, a crowd forms around the piano. Mika and Lang Lang are watching from a separate room and are blown away. As Lucy finishes the piece and the crowd applauds her, Lang says, “Oh my God. Oh my God, this is, this is impossible.”