Dance of the blessed spirits Christoph Willibald Gluck
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Nicola Benedetti's career in pictures
Perhaps her most prestigious honour to date came at the beginning of 2013, though, when she was included in the Queen's New Year's Honours list and received an MBE. According to Nicola, when she picked up the award the Queen herself told her that she needed to take some time off! She duly agreed, and has vowed to take the month before her decade-celebrating new album is released at the end of September.