Kyan’s ‘secret song’ received wings from famous orchestras and musicians at ‘deeply moving’ funeral


The exquisite music Kyan Pennell heard in his head as he wrote his first composition took off at the 12-year-old’s funeral, with his mum saying she was humbled by the ‘kindness of strangers’ who recorded his son’s fledgling work.

These strangers include famous orchestras and musicians around the world who answered Amanda Brierley’s call on social media to help her finish the musical score her son had composed in secret.

Kyan had taught himself to play the piano seven months before he died when he was caught between a caravan and a door in an accident at the family estate in Tuchekoi, southeast of Gympie, on January 31.

Earlier this month, Ms Brierley posted a video of Kyan playing the piano and a photo of her half-written composition on social media, hoping someone would be able to finish her work and share it. ‘save in time for his funeral, which took place. on Sunday.

“What gave us a little part of Kyan to remember was when I found this composition he was working on in the middle of a blank notebook,” she told ABC Radio Brisbane.

“I didn’t realize he knew how to write music.”

Kyan’s unfinished composition in an otherwise empty notebook.(Provided: Amanda Brierley)

A group of Queensland Symphony Orchestra volunteers answered Ms Brierley’s call last week and recorded a piece which was performed at her funeral yesterday.

Ms Brierley said it was humbling to have the support of so many people during such a difficult time.

A young boy with shoulder-length brown hair sitting in front of a keyboard with his fingers on the keys.
Delta Goodrem and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra are among those who helped Kyan Pennell’s parents hear their son’s song.(Provided: Amanda Brierley)

“We played the first submission and a selection of all the submissions we received on the Facebook feed through the praise.

“By the time it was over, I was really hoping the melody was in everyone’s head, and I think Kyan would have had a chuckle knowing he was forcing everyone to listen to this beautiful music. through other people.”

Ms Brierley said five recorded performances by orchestras were played at her Kyan’s funeral, but she hoped to continue collecting versions of his music which had not been recorded in time.

“Even having that very first track — it was a person playing the piano — was going to be enough for me,” she said.

“I was getting so much joy out of it that I just wanted to take it out and see what we got.

“I’m honored to have everyone’s submissions.”

Famous Artists Answer Mom’s Call

On Saturday, Delta Goodrem joined other musicians paying tribute to Kyan’s family.

In a video posted to his Facebook page, Goodrem said his entire band “fell in love” with the piano piece Kyan had written and were brought in to play their own version.

“May his music and his light endure,” she wrote.


Ms Brierley said performer Katie Noonan also recorded a “beautiful” song called Tears In Heaven which was played at the start of the Sunday service.

Ms Brierley said she received words of support online from people she knew, and many she didn’t know, ahead of the funeral.

“It’s really helped coming into the service knowing that people all over the country and around the world are thinking of this beautiful boy they didn’t even know and sending all their love and thoughts to us.”


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