Channel 4 The Piano star’s 'life-changing' event as Liverpool gig suggested

Pianist Brad Kella, who won performance of the night in the finale of Channel 4's The Piano
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A Scouser has said a new chapter in his life has just begun after winning Channel 4’s The Piano.

Brad Kella, 22, from Fazakerley, appeared in the second series of the show, presented by Claudia Winkleman. Brad first performed in Lime Street station before being selected by pianist Lang Lang and pop musician Mika to perform at Aviva Studios in Manchester for the grand finale.

On the show, Brad thanked his foster parents Ev and Frank for supporting him after a difficult upbringing. He said: “When I was growing up, we had no routine. Never went to school. I used to just roam around the streets all day until about 10.30/11pm at night, causing mayhem. I got put in foster care when I was seven years old with my twin brother.

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“What they [my foster parents] did for me and my brother was absolutely everything. They’d make sure we were up to start in school, routine, getting up early, going to bed early. They gave me absolutely everything and more.”

Brad was awarded performance of the night in the finale of the TV series on Sunday with a rendition that moved friends, family members and the judges to tears. He explained he wanted to become a film composer, leading one fan to ask Tom Hanks for help.

In an Instagram post last night, Brad said he was grateful for the opportunity the show has given him. He said: “It has been a truly life changing experience and one that I will never forget.

“I cannot thank @loveproductionspiano and @channel4 enough for everything they have done for me and also to have the insane opportunity to work alongside some of the most amazingly talented people.

“Congratulations to every single finalist who I was lucky enough to share that stage with, you are all amazing people who are destined for greatness.

“My new beginning starts now, thank you all for your ongoing love and support, it’s impossible to read all the amazing messages I have received, it’s not going unnoticed.

“All my love to @claudiawinkle @langlangpiano @mikainstagram @rosiedstrings.”

Rosie Danvers is a musician who has worked with Brad to hone his talents. Commenting on his post, she said: “Brad, you are such an extraordinary musician! Loved collaborating with you and hope we get the chance to work together again.” Claudia Winkleman meanwhile left three love heart emojis under the post.

Other viewers sent over their appreciation to Brad. Angela Cloherty suggested Brad should perform a concert in Liverpool.

She said: “We sat and watched you from the first episode. Just knew you had it in you to win. The speech you gave when it was announced you had won was amazing. So humble.

“You addressed each & every person who took part. You just owned that stage. Me and my family will definitely go and see you when you're in concert in your home city of Liverpool. Well done young man!”

Mandu Holland Martin added: “Brad you are an amazing sensation! Your talent goes much further than being a beautiful pianist and composer, to enhance and evoke amazing expressions, feelings and emotions through your music to those around you but for this to be felt by others like me and the rest of the world to feel, is inspirational.”

Julia Flanagan said: “As someone who loves movie scores, I cannot wait to listen to your future compositions. You are a superstar already. A wonderful inspiration for so many young people. Bravo.”

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