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Play It Again: Diane Abbott takes up the piano

Diane Abbott

Sunday 22 April, 8pm, BBC ONE

Member of Parliament Diane Abbott has been too busy forging her political career to learn to play a musical instrument, but she's always dreamt of playing the piano...

Diane Abbott's Musical Journey

Diane Abbott MP has always wanted to learn the piano. Now she's decided to realise this dream and see what total dedication to an instrument can achieve.

Determined to be able to play a Chopin prelude in a public concert by the end of the year, Diane starts from scratch. She learns how to read music, gets to grips with scales and gets up at six in the morning to practise. 

Whilst learning, Diane rediscovers her musical roots, travelling to Jamaica to meet her family there who are all classical music enthusiasts. Here she hears of a great uncle who became an accomplished classical violinist in New York in the 1920s, but whose dream of being a professional player was dashed when the great depression hit.

Although Diane is inspired by her ancestor's story, it's not easy. During an intensive piano course with her teacher Paul Roberts, Diane realises that nerves that could get the better of her when  it comes to public performance. And at her finale, as six hundred piano enthusiasts await her performance of Chopin's Prelude No. 4 in E minor, it is touch and go whether she will make it.

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