9 February 2021
Nine-year-old Burgess Hill Girls pupil Leyla Jukes is pictured playing the piano in a new Facebook advertisement.
The Facebook video advertisement was launched at the end of last year. Called ‘More Together’ the video shows how, despite the various lockdowns in 2020, communities have been able to come together on the Facebook platform. Leyla is pictured playing piano at the start of the advertisement with her image projected onto a giant wall in Los Angeles.
Piano is one of the key activities that Leyla has been able to keep enjoying over the last few months. She has been playing since the age of five and during lockdown has been continuing her lessons with her Burgess Hill Girls teacher via Zoom. She also plays the recorder and next would like to learn the guitar.
Music has been a wonderful distraction for Leyla during the previous and current lockdowns.
“I never get bored during the lockdown as there is lots of time for me to play the piano. Luckily, there are lots of apps with new music to learn. I like learning to play songs by my favourite singers Billie Eilish and Dermot Kennedy.”
Burgess Hill Girls Head of Pre-Prep & Prep Heather Cavanagh is delighted for Leyla:
“The lockdown is particularly hard for younger girls as I know they miss seeing and playing with their friends. It is fantastic to see Leyla embracing the new opportunities lockdown can bring and to see her piano playing skills being recognised.”