Youngsters currently taking violin lessons in London might want to read this article on the BBC News website where acclaimed violinist Nicola Benedetti gives advice to 30 teenagers as part of the Education and Outreach Programme at the Albert Hall.

Many words of wisdom were imparted but the primary message the 28-year-old had to give was to be as natural and expressive as they can be.

“In classical music, you really so much rely on what the music says and what your teacher tells you – but don’t let the teaching you receive squash your intuition,” Ms Benedetti said.

Other tips included not smiling if a mistake is made and not giving anything away about their playing through facial expressions, as well as giving students exercises to help relax their hand muscles in order to perfect their vibrato.

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