A young musical prodigy has wowed audiences in Watford after his impressive piano recital earned him top prize at the Watford Festival.
Four-year-old Arwin Vermeulen, from Pinner, picked up the gold medal and trophy for the grade one own choice competition, putting him in front of 12 others aged between six and 10.
The youngster’s mother Lillian entered him into the competition after she noticed he had an intuitive talent for music.
She said: “It started out just as a fun thing to do between the two of us. I would ask him to play certain keys on the piano and he would be able to do it. Soon we had managed to teach him one or two songs and he really enjoys playing.
“I don’t actually play the piano and am not musical myself, so I think it is amazing that he is so talented. We had to go on Youtube to find videos to learn how to play some of the songs and I have come up with some methods of my own to help him learn, but most of it comes down to his own enthusiasm.
“We weren’t expecting him to win at all and this was just to get him used to the idea of playing in front of other people and having fun, but when he started playing, he received a lot of praise and I am very proud of him.”
Arwen is not the only musician in the family. His older brother Tristan has achieved similar success in the past and Lillian has high hopes for them both for the future.
She said: “Tristan has been a big help. He’s at boarding school, but when he comes home at the weekends, he always gives Arwen some pointers and shows him how to improve.
“I would never like to put too much pressure on them, but in the future I would love to see them flourish and maybe one day, both on stage performing together.”