Musical talent Jamie searching for album help

Jamie Maggs, right, and teacher Daniel Gilmore, left, recorded an album together
Jamie Maggs, right, and teacher Daniel Gilmore, left, recorded an album together

‘REMARKABLE’ talent Jamie Maggs, who has Down’s syndrome, has just completed his first album, with music teacher Daniel Gilmore.

Now the musical duo are looking for help in releasing and marketing their new album for charity.

“It’s a massive achievement to complete this CD. Jamie is a real performer and a lovely boy. Music is a passion that we share together,” said Daniel

Jamie, 44, who lives in Downside Avenue, Findon Valley, with sister Lorraine and her husband Wayne Dexter, began playing the piano aged four.

His mother—a piano teacher—taught him the instrument herself.

But Lorraine said the revelation came later.

“He went to a dancing school and he did a lot of performances and timing.

“When he was 12 years old he began to play the recorder and mum realised he had a gift for music and, even though he couldn’t read music, he had a real talent.”

Attaining Grade 4 in both the recorder and the violin, as well as a Grade 3 in the piano and Grade 2 in the clarinet, Jamie’s talents became evident.

His inability to read music never hindered the recording of the album.

“He’s a beautiful dancer too—once he learnt rhythm and dance, the music came from that,” said Lorraine.

Daniel, who runs Sussex Music Workshops, holds weekly music sessions for adults with learning disabilities at Buddys Cafe in Broadwater.

Jamie began music lessons with him two years ago, after moving down from Southend to live with his sister following his mother’s stroke.

The pair struck up a bond and now regularly perform together at care homes and elsewhere.

Titled ‘Wonderful World’, the album, six months in the making, features film scores recorded by the duo at niceOne:studios in Worthing.

Lorraine describes the final product, comprising 17 tracks, as ‘truly beautiful.’

“It’s quite remarkable for a Down’s syndrome person to achieve this,” she said.

But now the pair are in need of assistance with marketing and copyright.

Lorraine said: “What we need is anyone experienced with copyright laws who would like to work with Daniel and Jamie.

“They would like to promote the CD to raise money for Mencap. We would like the money back there.”

Anyone who would like to help should contact daniel@sussexmusicworkshops.co.uk or phone 07771880482.

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