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Hitting the high notes

Top of the
world: Evelina
De Lain played
Chopin and her
compositions at
the recital PICTURES: SWNS

NOW that’s what you call playing with altitude! Evelina De Lain set a world record for the highest classical concert at 16,400ft in the Himalayas.

The Ukraine-born pianist, 41, lost the ability to move her hands properly 14 years ago due to a repetitive strain injury. But therapy after she moved to London — and a desire to overcome her grief over her mum’s death — helped her prepare for the 90-minute Concert In The Clouds, which raised money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Off the scale: Challenges included cold and high wind

A team helped transport the piano to the Singela Pass in India, then it was donated to a school.

Peak practice: Ms De Lain on the Singela Pass

Ms De Lain was inspired by the late Desmond Gentle, owner of Camden Piano Rescue, who organised the trip. ‘I love a challenge. It was incredibly cold. The wind was extreme. At the time the altitude wasn’t bothering me but the next day I fainted in the airport,’ she said. The September concert was recently confirmed as a world record.