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Violinist Lizzie Ball included in Daily Mail’s Inspirational Women Awards

5:00, 3rd December 2018

The Awards name 50 inspiring women selected by a panel of Femail contributors.

Ball was chosen for being ‘a maverick musician keen to present classical music to a wider audience in a more down-to earth-environment’.

The piece also points out that Ball went ‘from her local comprehensive in Bakewell, Derbyshire to reading music at Cambridge, having been inspired to play the violin aged seven by a radio recording.’

She founded Classical Kicks, which was the first classical night to be held at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, and which mixes classical music with jazz, folk, pop and rock genres.

She has recently been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Derby for services to music.

Also featured were Paula and Fabiana Chavez – two blind classical pianists from Argentina who have come to the UK to study at Trinity Laban.

The article stated that the sisters ‘lost their sight after being diagnosed at 13 with a rare genetic disorder. They continued playing using software that dictates musical scores, from which they learn pieces by heart’.



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