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Violin Virtuoso Nicola Benedetti Receives First Tartan Clef Classical Award At Nordoff-Robbins Event

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Scotland’s Tartan Clefs raised £130,000 for Nordoff-Robbins, Scotland’s first music therapy charity, and honored teenage violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti, who was honored with the inaugural Tartan Clef Classical award, sponsored by Clear Channel and presented by Clear Channel’s Andy Craig, at this year’s Tartan Clef music awards on November 6 at Glasgow’s Radisson SAS hotel.

Already voted BBC’s Young Musician of the Year, the 17-year-old from Ayrshire, Benedetti is set to make her debut at London’s Cadogan Hall later this month.

Other recipients of the Scottish music industry’s highest accolades included recently reformed Wet, Wet, Wet; glam rockers The Darkness, former Simple Minds manager Bruce Findlay and crooners Donovan and Edwyn Collins.

Nordoff-Robbins was developed 45 years ago by Dr Paul Nordoff, a composer and pianist and Clive Robbins, a teacher, it explores the use of music as a communication tool and helps more than 200 Scottish adults and children with a wide range of special needs including emotional and behavioural problems, learning disabilities, rehabilitation and physical illness.

The charity operates therapy centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dunfermline and employs eight full time music therapists whose outreach work takes them to schools, health care centres and community projects across the country. It also works to provide a university music therapy training course. – Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

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