As a youngster, I learnt piano from the phenomenally talented Geoffrey Heald-Smith. He was an incredible pianist, conductor and mentor who instilled a love for music in me. He suffered a stroke in his 70s, and tragically lost the use of his right hand. I was around 13 at the time, and it completely devestated me. After several attempts with new teachers, I largely gave up the piano. I returned to the instrument in 2014 at the age of 20, vowing to learn at least one new piece every year for the rest of my life.