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Online classes 'surpass' expectations for Scottish violinist Benedetti

The Andrew Marr Show

Nicola Benedetti

Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti says her lockdown project of offering three weeks of free music classes online via a team of musicians has been "challenging" but has "surpassed every imagination I had in terms of the substance and possibilities of the online medium".

The Ayrshire-born musician told the Andrew Marr Show that the workshops are "taking up every minute of our energy" in the lead-up to a huge online concert next Sunday, but she had found the experience "uplifting".

"All the children who feel able will send in videos of what they have learnt over the last few weeks and we will be piecing together the result of all those hours of study, tutorials, YouTube videos and Zoom collectives," she said.

"I am so excited to see what they have absorbed from the materials we have given them."

Young people from across Dorset record a version of What A Wonderful World
More than 30 young musicians across Dorset record their version of What A Wonderful World.

Theatre awarded £35k to survive shutdown

A theatre has received a "wonderful moral boost" after being awarded a £35k grant from the Arts Council of England, to help it survive the coronavirus crisis.

The Marina Theatre in Lowestoft, Suffolk, said: "This is a difficult time for regional theatres, and whilst this grant will likely not be the answer to all of our problems – it’s a really strong start.

"We will be back", it added.

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Lowestoft Marina