Down’s musician has defied the odds

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A Nuthall man with Down’s Syndrome has defied the odds to become one of the first adults in the country to be able to read and play music.

Stephen Green, 47, of Cederland Crescent, has been inspired by his music teacher Denise Lacey from Langley Mill who has seen him come on leaps and bounds during seven years tuition.

“What Stephen has achieved is nothing short of amazing,” said Ms Lacey.

“It’s the equivalent of climbing Moutn Everest.”

To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, Rev Peter Jones at Holy Trinity Church in Kimberley, where Stephen worships, invited him to stage his first ever recital in front of an audience of family and friends.

Undaunted by the challenge, Stephen held his nerve and played his late mother’s favourite tune ‘Love Me Tender’.

Thrilled by the great reception he received, Stephen said it was ‘nerve wracking’.

“I kept my concentration and I was pleased I didn’t make any mistakes,” he said.

The talented musician has had a lot of support and guidance from his father, Grenville.

Grenville said: “It is very rare for a person with Down’s Syndrome to be able to cope with the rigours of every day life, but Stephen has proved an exception to the rule.”

Stephen is also a keen swimmer.

He recently did a sponsored swim raising money for the Queen’s Medical Centre’s brain tumour units, and also raised £400 for a cancer unit at Nottingham City Hospital by taking part in a sponsored canoe paddle on the River Trent.

Stephen is currently working as a teaching assistant where he is a mentor to young musicians with special needs.