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Rowel Friers' grandson to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall

By Rachel Martin

He's been playing the piano since he was big enough to reach the keys - now 14-year-old Rowel Friers is set to take on the Big Apple with his musical talents.

Rowel from Holywood in Co Down - who is the grandson of the cartoonist, illustrator, painter and lithographer of the same name - was earmarked as a prodigy from when he began playing on a toy keyboard as a toddler.

He is now preparing to make his debut in New York's Carnegie Hall on May 12 with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta.

Rowel won his first piano competition aged just five and became hooked on playing competitively ever since.

A former pupil of St Patrick's Primary School, he attends Sullivan Upper.

His father Jeremy Friers said: "Rowel has always had such passion for music.

"When he was a baby he would tap his feet to the rhythm and when the music would stop he would get unsettled so we would have to turn it on again."

As a child, Rowel's parents sought lessons, but he was deemed too young.

Eventually a member of their church agreed to teach him and, aged five, he began to learn to play.

Just a few months later he won his first competition at a music festival in Carrickfergus.

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