Woodford Green violinist’s bid to raise money for her autistic brother

A young violinist from Woodford Green will perform in aid of a charity which helps care for her autistic brother.

Danielle Mac of Frinton Drive will join other musicians in playing at a concert arranged by the West Essex Musicians.

It will take place on May 28 and the funds raised from the event will be donated to Mencap, which supports people with learning disabilities and their families.

Danielle, 14, will be accompanied on piano by teacher David Silkoff from St Aubyn’s Prep School in Bunces Lane.

She started playing the violin just before her eighth birthday and achieved a grade eight certificate with distinction last year.

Her progression has surprised proud mother Thessa, 46, who said she doesn’t know where her talent came from.

“Her first music teacher told me she had achieved in one year what other talented youngsters took five to do,” she said.

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“She is very lucky and has performed in front of celebrities and royalty including the Duchess of Kent.

“I think she is aware of her talent but she is so down to earth about it.

“When people ask her about she feels about what she has achieved she says she hasn’t achieved anything yet but is grateful for the kick start she has had.”

Danielle boards at Lincoln Minster School, Lincoln but returns home at weekends to study with a senior professor at the Royal College of Music, London.

Her brother David, 8, was diagnosed with the developmental disability as a toddler and staff from Mencap look after him during school holidays.

Thessa said: “It gives me some time to spend with my daughter.

“They run a play scheme which provides an opportunity for him to adjust to different people and new experiences.”

The concert will take place at St Mary’s Church, Church End, Walthamstow with doors opening at 7.15pm.

For tickets, which cost �10, call 020 8503 2665