Win free tickets for Simon Tedeschi!

You might not know it at first glance, but most Australians would recognise Simon Tedeschis talented hands.

The child prodigy, who was playing Mozart concertos in the Sydney Opera House when he was nine and is a master of his instrument at just 25, played the young hands of David Helfgott in the smash-hit movie Shine. He also recently appeared on ABCs Spicks and Specks and SBSs Two of Us.

Musica Viva is presenting this brilliant young musician in concert at Lismore City Hall this Saturday, October 14, to support Mental Health Week and raise money for the local Mental Health Support Group. And The Echo has a double pass to give away!

Even if you dont win the tickets, this is a must-see concert for classical music fans, plus its raising money to help people with mental illness people whose struggle is compounded by a distinct lack of government services.

There are 70 people in the Northern Rivers who are homeless because of their mental health issues as a society surely we care about that? said Mental Health Support Group founder, Barbara Swain. The new, 40-bed psychiatric unit being built at Lismore Base Hospital will help the acute cases, but those people also need help and support when they come back out into the community. We offer a non-judgmental space for sufferers and their families and carers we understand where they are coming from and we have compassion for their plight.

Simon Tedeschis repertoire will include Bach, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Schubert, Brubeck, Francaix and his signature tune, Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue. You can also enter a giant raffle on the night.

The concert begins at 7.30pm and tickets, which include free bubbly, are $38/34 or $20 for students. They are available from the ABC Centre in Ballina; Dymocks in Molesworth Street, Lismore; the Alstonville Bookworm; and Alstonville Plaza. If you purchase 10 or more tickets they are only $30 each.

Freebie: The Echo has a double to giveaway to Saturdays concert. To go in the draw phone 6622 2888 between 12 & 12.15pm this Friday, October 13, and tell us who starred as the older David Helfgott in Shine.

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