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Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti performs with the MSO’s Pizzicato Effect students

MSO-600The young musicians in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Pizzicato Effect program were recently given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work and perform alongside one of the UK’s most successful classical artists, violinist Nicola Benedetti.

In town in September to perform with the MSO and its Principal Guest Conductor, Diego Matheuz, Benedetti took time out of her rehearsal schedule to visit Meadows Primary and present a workshop with the students. Later in the week she performed a movement from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons alongside them at a special concert conducted by Matheuz.

A partnership between Meadows Primary School and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Pizzicato Effect is a Sistema-inspired program that forges new learning pathways for children in Broadmeadows through the introduction of instrumental teaching. A passionate advocate of music education, Benedetti is an official ‘Big Sister’ to Sistema Scotland. For further information on The Pizzicato Effect, visit mso.com.au.