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MiSST makes Nicola Benedetti new patron / Rhinegold Publishing

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The Music in Secondary Schools Trust (MiSST) has announced Nicola Benedetti as its new patron. The violinist will work closely with the Trust's Saturday School, which aims to develop talented and motivated musicians who have been part of the Andrew Lloyd Webber programme. MiSST aims to transform the lives of children and young people through music. The Trust provides individual instruments and music lessons to students at six London secondary schools, enabling them to study, play and perform in ensemble and orchestral groups.

Benedetti performed with 400 school children at MiSST's inaugural concert at the Barbican in September 2015. She later selected 12 of the players to perform Vivaldi's G major concerto ‘L'estro Armonico' with her at the Royal Albert Hall.

A vocal advocate of music education, Benedetti regularly works with musical charities across the UK and is Sistema Scotland's official ‘Big Sister'. She gives masterclasses and workshops to young musicians of all abilities through the Benedetti Sessions, her own educational initiative founded in March 2013. Benedetti described MiSST as ‘a shining example of the impossible task of combining excellence with inclusivity', adding: ‘They are relentlessly ambitious in their desire to reach as many people as possible whilst consistently raising musical standards.'

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