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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds NICOLE: Hi. This week, we’ll begin by talking about music. If you’re a fan of pop or rock music, there’s a good chance that you have some music by British bands in your collection. Why is it that Britain has produced so many great musicians? Let’s listen to Viv Broughton, manager of The Premises recording studio in London.

Skip to 0 minutes and 29 seconds RICHARD: What is it about Britain that creates such musical talent?

Skip to 0 minutes and 34 seconds VIV: Ah that’s a good question, it’s a bit of a mystery but there just must be something in the water or in the air. Britain produces just so many amazing bands, from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones onwards and it’s a melting pot of great recording and writing talent.

Skip to 1 minute and 0 seconds NICOLE: There must be something in the water? Well, I’m not sure about that but it’s certainly true that a lot of great music has come from Britain. Viv mentioned the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and I’m sure you can add more names to that list. I’d like to start this week by asking you to share something about how British music has affected you. Perhaps it has inspired you in some way. Or perhaps it’s helped you learn English. Have you used songs in English to help you learn? Tell us what you think about British music by sharing your ideas with other learners.

Introducing the topic

Welcome to Week 2. If you’ve just joined the course, why not click ‘To do’ at the top of the page to catch up on Week 1.

This week, we’ll be looking at music and social enterprise. We’ll start by asking you to talk about some of your favourite music and then we’ll look at a project that uses music to help young people stay out of trouble. At the end of the week we’ll ask you to talk about music, young people and social change in your country.

Listen to Nicole introducing the topic.

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