Benedetti and Bell serenade music-biz queen

by Norman Lebrecht

Where were Nicky and Josh last night? Our social affairs correspondent (on a freebie in New York) reports that they were headlining a dinner for Elizabeth Sobol (centre), former head of compliance (or somesuch) at IMG Artists (phew, tough job!) and now revitalising President & CEO of Universal Music Classics, USA.

The gala dinner was given on behalf of Education Through Music, which Elizabeth described as ‘an organisation based on the belief in miraculous transformation – through improved academic performance, mastery of skills and increase in self-confidence – or simply through the joy in discovery of the beauty and poetry of life…  Together, we can create miracles and transformations in the lives of many others and – we will do it, through music.’

There were also performances from new Universal Music Classics signing The Hot Sardines (looks like our correspondent been at the cocktails, though she swears not) and a very moving bunch of New York schoolkids.

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