Nicola Benedetti performs with School Sinfonia

World famous violinist Nicola Benedetti delighted the audience as she performed a Mozart concerto movement with the Sinfonia at the annual Sir Alexander Stone Memorial Lecture.

Nicola spent an hour rehearsing with the school's Sinfonia on Monday and offered the musicians plenty of tips and advice to improve their skills.

She then took part in a Q&A with Head of Music (performance) Ken Walton, who asked her about her international career. The audience members, which included Lady Stone and her guests as well as the school's governors, staff and pupils, were then given the opportunity to ask questions.

Nicola spoke about her career describing her first violin lesson at the age of four, her five years studying at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey and the experience of winning the BBC's Young Musician of the Year at the age of 16.

She gave a fascinating insight into the commitment and passion required to perform at an international level and certainly left the young musicians feeling inspired.

She then gave an exceptional performance of Mozart's Violin Concerto No.5 in A Major with the school's Sinfonia.

Nicola said: "It has been fantastic to be able to collaborate with the young musicians in the school and it is great to see so many young pupils dedicated to their music."

Rector Dr Greig said: "We were delighted to welcome Nicola to the school and are very grateful to her for sharing her experiences with the pupils. It was a fantastic opportunity for our young musicians to play with and learn from a world class violinist."

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