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Nicola Benedetti brings her talent to Next Gen competition

Photograph of the blog post author, Mary Woodcock

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In addition to all the amazing judges we have so far, we are excited to announce that world-renowned violinist, Nicola Benedetti, will be joining the team! Next Gen Competition gives young people the chance to have their talent recognised and turn the winners into top recording artists! The prizes include £5,000 worth of studio time and production and thousands of pounds worth of music gear for the participant’s schools.

Nicola Benedetti was born in Scotland of Italian Heritage, and has been playing the violin since she was only five years old. She has toured the world playing in world-famous venues alongside major orchestras and conductors.  With two Brit awards under her belt, a performance slot in the openning of the Commonwealth games viewed by 9.4million and the youngest recipient of the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2017, Nicola is a welcome addition to the Next Gen judging panel. 

“Music deals with your feelings, your ability to communicate , your spirit and soul, and your identity. It’s deeply personal and can inspire you to be a more open, better version of yourself.  I’m really hoping music teachers all over the country will use Music Gateway’s NextGen to encourage young people with their instruments in school, and beyond – so music can enrich their lives as it has mine.”

Get your entries in now to get your music heard by Nicola and all our other amazing judges! Find out more about the competition and how to enter here.


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