Variety is the spice of Ayesha Gough's musical talent
WITHOUT Variety children's charity, talented pianist Ayesha Gough may have never got the opportunity to further her passion.
Now the 18-year-old Tweed Heads musician is studying a Bachelor of Music at Griffith University and wants other kids to have the same opportunity.
She is urging people to stop into Gloria Jeans on October 18 and 19, where 50c from every cappuccino and iced cappuccino sold will go directly to Variety's scholarship program.
Ayesha's gift was apparent from an early age, her grandmother Janet said.
"Ayesha has played piano her entire life. From when she was three-years-old, she was already learning to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on her toy keyboard and by primary school, music teachers were noticing her aptitude and encouraging her to play music pieces that were well and truly above her grade," she said.
"When the teachers advised us that Ayesha's talents would benefit from lessons at the Young Conservatorium at Griffith University, I applied for a Variety scholarship and she has since developed into such a beautiful and gifted pianist."
Ayesha spent four years at the conservatorium and has gone on to receive a string of accolades, including a recent performance at the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in Brisbane where she came third.
"I can't describe why I love it, I just do, it's the ultimate freedom of expression," Ayesha said.