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The Classic FM Concert with John Suchet 8pm - 10pm
1 November 2021, 12:00
Sheela Awe’s grandfather has Alzheimer’s. But when she plays his piano, he quickly takes a seat to enjoy the show.
Music has the power to transcend many barriers, be it age or illness.
Entering the room sheepishly, he first decides to investigate where the beautiful music is coming from.
TikTok user Sheela explains that her grandfather often forgets who she is, adding in an on-screen caption: “He’s thinking ‘who is this strange lady playing my piano’.”
But as Sheela works through the Baroque composer’s moving piece, her elderly relative draws closer and closer, before finally taking a nearby seat to enjoy the live show.
The pianist’s grandfather even nods off while enjoying his granddaughter’s performance from his front-row seat.
But it’s clear to see the effect the heartwarming rendition has on him, from the way he closely watches Sheela play, to settling down for the full show.
Awe is even awarded an enthusiastic thumbs up from her grandfather.
“Cherish your loved ones and make each moment count,” the musician writes in an another on-screen caption. “Time is precious.”