BBC Music Magazine

THE MONTH IN NUMBERS

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35,000

…pounds was the price paid at Sothbey’s for ‘a substantia­l lock’ of Beethoven’s hair. The rare lot sold for over twice its auction estimate.

…hairdryer. That’s what violinist Nicola Benedetti takes with her on tour to warm up her hands before playing in concert.

1,500

…students from 35 schools joined forces at London’s Olympic Park to sing in the UK’S largest ever staging of Bizet’s popular opera Carmen.

2,316

…people across the globe say singing is good for your wellbeing. So says a survey conducted among the members of Virtual Choir 5.0, run by composer Eric Whitacre (below).

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