Hutchie welcomes the violin star, Nicola

Nicola with Dr Greig and the Hutchie pupils.
Nicola with Dr Greig and the Hutchie pupils.

She is lauded around the world for virtuoso performance after virtuoso performance — yes, violinist Nicola Benedetti really does have the world at her feet.

Yet although this young musician has fans by the millions, she took time out from her busy schedule to visit the pupils of Hutchesons Grammar.

And this young lady even had time to entertain the assembled throng by teaming up with Hutchie’s musicians to perform a Mozart concerto movement as part the school’s Sir Alexander Stone Memorial Lecture.

Nicola talked abouther career as well as answering questions from Ken Walton, Head of Music.

After speaking about her career, including being hailed as the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year at just 16, she gave an inspirational performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major with the Hutchie Sinfonia.

Nicola said: “It has been fantastic to be able to collaborate with the young musicians in the school and it is great to see so many young pupils dedicated to their music.”

Rector Dr Ken Greig said: “We were delighted to welcome Nicola to the school and are very grateful to her for sharing her experiences with the pupils.

“It was a fantastic opportunity for our young musicians to play with and learn from a world class violinist.”

Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought after violinists of her generation.

Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today.

The Sir Alexander Stone Memorial Lecture is an annual school event in memory of former pupil and philanthropist Sir Alexander Stone.