There was recently an article in The Independent suggesting that musicians spot mistakes more quickly than non-musicians….not exactly ground-breaking research, but a reminder nevertheless of one of the huge benefits of musical training at an early age.
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The future of our orchestras has been questioned for years, and until more value is placed on musical training it will continue to be so. This year Hans Zimmer took home two Classic BRIT Awards. Although I am not usually a fan of these awards, I was really impressed by both his acceptance speech and that of Nicola Benedetti. Both stressed the cultural importance of music in our society, specifically with regard to the role of the orchestra. It is being broadcast on ITV1 at 10.20pm this Sunday 5th October and is certainly worth a watch.