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A Stockport musician who first learned to perform as a child with a toy glockenspiel will complete an 18-date tour to promote his classical album.
Pianist Manny Vass, 26, from Cale Green, will release The Sonic Waves next month.
The album has been funded by a Kickstarter campaign with £2,500 raised - £500 more than the original target with around two weeks left.
Manny’s love of his glockenspiel led to playing the piano by the age of seven and he embarked on a music career after graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2011.
He has since performed for the Prince of Monaco and had tracks from his previous and first album played on the BBC and Classic FM.
Manny said: “I’m not from a musical family, my dad was a carpenter and he noticed I enjoyed the toy glockenspiel he bought me - that started me off.
“I have been very lucky. I love connecting and communicating with people through music - whether that be teaching piano in Davenport or playing for the Prince of Monaco.
“I do my own marketing, twenty years ago I would have had to go through an agent but now I can do it all myself through the internet.”
Aside from performing and recording, Manny teaches the piano and lecturers music marketing at Leeds College.
His new album contains water-themed classical music from composers such as Handel and Liszt.
The cover shows Manny playing piano by the sea which is not a trick of the camera - the musical instrument was driven onto a beach and then set up on sand covered boards.
Kickstarter allows people to donate and be repaid in kind with a copy of the album or a personal recital depending on how much is pledged.
The tour includes dates at Chatsworth Hall, Derbyshire, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London.
Closer to home Manny, who lives with his partner, will also perform in Sandbach, Alderley Edge and St Paul’s Church, Wilmslow Road, Withington, on June 12.
He said: ”I want to help get rid of the myth classical music isn’t accessible, I am a carpenter’s son if I can get into it anyone can.
“Pieces from the 15th and 16th centuries are still being performed and listened to today. Pop music is great but no one will be listening to music from today in 400 years time.