Sweet music for Benedetti as debut album breaks records

NICOLA Benedetti’s self-titled debut album has gone straight into the classical charts at No.2 after only being on sale for one week.

It is the highest ever position in the classical chart for a debut violinist in the first week of sales. In the popular charts, the album has achieved a position in the top 75 - also a record-breaking first week of sales for a classical violinist.

Precise sales figures have not yet been released, but it is clear that it has been a phenomenal week for the 17-year-old, from West Kilbride in Ayrshire, who last night played at Edinburgh’s Royal Festival Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Last night, her spokesman, Ian Roberts, said that her team were in celebratory mood after the first-week success.

He added: "The Nicola Benedetti team is extremely pleased but, as ever, we are looking to the long-term view. Nicola is happy with the success, but she was happy with the CD regardless of whether it gets commercial success. It’s a debut of a great artist and is a great beginning."

The popular success suggests that Benedetti’s drive to bring younger people to classical music has been successful.

Last week, after her album launch, she told The Scotsman that she wanted to continue visiting schools as part of her drive to promote classical music to younger audiences.

The musician highlighted a shortage of teachers and musical instruments and said she aspired to make a difference to music in schools in the same way as chef Jamie Oliver is striving to improve school meals.

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