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Last Updated: Monday, 7 July, 2003, 09:52 GMT 10:52 UK
Rail passengers face the music
GNER train
GNER invited Kike Pedersen to perform on their train
A musician from South America has been inspired by a journey on a Britain's railways to compose a new track for his latest album.

Kike Pedersen, 18, a harpist from Paraguay, travelled with GNER on the East Coast Main Line between Peterborough and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

He wrote "Newcastle to Peterborough" for the first track on his album Kike Pedersen - Paraguayan Harp Melodies.

On Monday he and his father, Cristobal, who plays the guitar, performed to passengers at King's Cross station in London before boarding the 1100 BST train to Newcastle.

They plan to make the return trip on the 1429 BST from Newcastle.

Kike is in England at the invitation of the organiser of the Stamford Harp Festival in Lincolnshire.

Arts sponsorship

GNER's Alan Hyde said: "We're delighted that Kike was so impressed by his trip with GNER that he felt inspired to compose and record a melody in our honour.

"The track captures the rhythm and romance of a high-speed rail journey.

"We hope our passengers will enjoy hearing the smooth sounds of South American harp-playing during their trip."

The company is supporting the harpist's travel costs as part of its policy of sponsoring music and arts activities along the East Coast Main line between London and Scotland.

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