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Piano legend goes to the palace
Fanny Waterman
Fanny Waterman has written a series of piano teaching books
The founder of the Leeds International Piano Competition will be at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday for her investiture as a Dame.

Fanny Waterman, 85, received the award in the New Year's Honours list for her services to music.

Dame Fanny founded the competition in 1961 and it has become one of the world's leading music events.

She is also in demand as a piano teacher and is shortly off to China to give a series of master classes.

Freeman of Leeds

Fanny Waterman was born in Leeds and has spent nearly all her life in the city.

She was awarded the OBE in 1971 and the CBE in 2000. Last year, she was made a Freeman of the City of Leeds.

She is already involved in the planning of the next piano competition which will be held in September 2006 with the soloists accompanied by the Halle Orchestra.

Her investiture as a Dame will be carried out by the Prince of Wales on behalf of the Queen.

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