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‘A real delight to teach’ Kate Middleton's piano teacher remembers her as 'lovely' student

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The Duchess of Cambridge showed her musical skills while accompanying singer Tom Walker live during a Christmas carol concert she hosted on December 8. Back in the 1990s, most Middletons would be taking piano lessons.

Daniel Nicholls, Kate’s piano teacher, also taught her mother Carole, sister Pippa, and brother James.

In a 2012 interview, the teacher reminisced how the Duchess, as a child, would attend his classes.

He told the Evening Standard: “Kate came for lessons from about 10 or 11 until she was 13, about 1993 to 1995.

“She was absolutely lovely, a really delightful person to teach the piano.

“I don’t think anyone would say she was going to be a concert pianist, but she was good at it.

“She always did everything she was told.”

“I actually taught the whole family except Mike – Carole, Pippa and James, and again they were just absolutely lovely people, normal piano pupils.”

The teacher said William’s wife reached Grade 3 (the highest being 8).

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“She played a lot during lockdown.

“She also recognises the powerful way in which music brings people together – especially during difficult times.

“When the Duchess heard Tom’s Christmas song, For Those Who Can’t Be Here, which obviously speaks to a lot of what people have gone through this year in terms of losing a loved one, she came up with the idea of accompanying him on the piano.”

“She was really struck by that song and by him, so he was approached to play at the carol service.”



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