Competition: Win a violin for your school

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The Independent is running a competition over four weeks in conjunction with the musical instrument specialist Boosey & Hawkes and the video and audio company Pickwick.

Children aged 9 to 15 have the chance to win instruments for their schools, as well as a schools workshop, by correctly answering a series of musical questions. Each week's winner and four runners-up will also receive a Pickwick CD or tape, Classics For Children.

Every week the winner will receive an instrument from a different section of the orchestra. This week the prize is an Andrew Schroetter violin with bow and case. Next week is the final week and you can win woodwind, string and brass instruments plus a day-long music workshop with professional musicians.

Instruments produced by the Boosey & Hawkes group, which was founded more than 100 years ago, are highly regarded by both professionals and students. Pickwick's Classics For Children album is an example of the company's commitment to making classical music more accessible to a wide audience.

To enter the competition, answer questions 1 to 3 below and send them on a postcard with your name, home address, date of birth, school and authorised signature of parent/guardian/music teacher to: Week Three, Musical Instruments Competition, Marketing Department, The Independent, 40 City Road, London EC1Y 2DB.

To win musical instruments from every section of the orchestra for your school and to win a schools workshop, collect the four answers to the 'accumulator' questions given during the four weeks and complete a tie-breaker (full details will be given in Week Four).

Weekly Questions

1 For which solo voice did Benjamin Britten write much of his vocal music?

2 What Bernstein musical is based on which Shakespeare play?

3 Which instrument is given the part of the swan in the brass band/wind band arrangements of Carnival of the Animals?

Accumulator Question

What are the two primary reasons for stringed instruments having sound posts?

The closing date for Week Three is 24 March 1994, and for the accumulator question, 31 March 1994. Standard competition rules apply and are available on request. The competition is open to children aged 9 to 15 inclusive on 31 March 1994.