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Nicola Benedetti: Kids Need Culture Not Celebrity

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Jul 10, 2012 05:00 PM EDT

Nicola Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti (Photo : Reuters)

Violinist Nicola Benedetti, 25, has attacked the lack of music provision in schools.

The Scottish violinist, a former BBC Young Musician of the Year, said children need a cultural identity to replace their obsession with celebrities.

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"I'm fiercely furious about the provision of music in schools," Benedetti told the Radio Times.

"So many people up and down the country are trying to create a better foundation for musical education. But decisions have been made, especially in the light of funding cuts, that are, I think, catastrophic to our future as a nation," Benedetti added.

Benedetti secured a £2 million, six-album record contract after winning BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2004 at when she was 16.

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