CAN IT GET ANY BETTER FOR VIOLIN STAR NICOLA? ClassicalMusic.
PREPARE to be dazzled when young Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti comes to Coventry next week.
The 24-year-old has wowed audiences all over the world since shooting to fame in 2004 after winning BBC Young Musician Of The Year.
Now her career is soaring to new and even more exciting heights. She has just returned from America where her hectic schedule included performing in Central Park with Andrea Bocelli.
Earlier in the summer she also visited South America to make her debut with Venezuela's famed Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, and now she has set the music world buzzing with the release of her new album, Italia, which features baroque works by Vivaldi, Tartini and the lesser-known Veracini.
The album, her fourth, reflects her Italian heritage - her parents were born in Italy. But on Wednesday Nicola will be playing a quintessentially English favourite - Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending - as well as Mozart's "Turkish" Violin Concerto when she joins the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for a concert at Warwick Arts Centre.
The programme pays homage to the orchestra's Czech roots, featuring Dvorak's Two Slavonic Dances and his Symphony No 8. The conductor will be Libor Pesek. Tickets 024 7652 4524.
A MOVING musical tribute to Royal Marines killed in action in Afghanistan will be performed in Coventry Cathedral tomorrow.
Coventry's Saint Michael's Singers will be joining the Band Of Her Majesty's Royal Marines and the Exeter Festival chorus for Eternal Voices, a work commissioned by the Royal Marines Charitable Trust to celebrate the return of the Royal Marines from Afghanistan and to commemorate those killed in action.
The work by composer Adam Gorb and librettist Ben Kaye was GUEST: Kirianne Curley premiered at a packed Exeter Cathedral last November.
Kirianne Curley, whose husband Royal Marine Corporal Stephen Curley was killed by a bomb in Afghanistan in May 2010, was among those in the audience last year and will coming to Coventry for tomorrow's concert.
She said she had found Eternal Voices both deeply emotional and inspiring. "It shows me that, as widows and families of fallen Royal Marines, we are not forgotten by the Corps family. Nor are all the courageous men and women who have lost their lives, been injured or have emotional scars.
"The funds raised at this concert will be going to the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund which helps Royal Marines and their families."
The concert will also feature two of Hubert Parry's best known choral works, Blest Pair Of Sirens and I Was Glad, which were both sung at the royal wedding at Westminster Abbey in April, and excerpts from The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins.
Tickets available on the door and from 024 7652 1210.
GUEST: Kirianne Curley BUZZ: Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti