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Music is GREAT - Part 2

Richard's musical journey continues with the opening night of Aida at the Royal Albert Hall. Then it's off to Southampton to find out how great British music is entertaining and helping people from all walks of life.  

Task 1

In what order does Richard do these things?


Task 2

Put the places with their description.


Task 3

Put the two parts of the sentence together.


Task 4

Fill the space with the right preposition.




Language level

Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2


Oh, how can I make this sentence right?
? Only if you count listening to music a talent have I got some.
? Only if you count listening to music a talent, otherwise my talent is quite close to ~~~~~ zero.
Only if has already got the meaning of otherwise, hasn't it? so maybe it is not good to repeat the same meaning twice in a sentence.

Anyway, moving on. I learned to play a Pipa when I was a kid, just to find out that my fingers are clumsy. Many years later when I tried Flappy Bird, I rediscovered it! However, determined not to let this getting in my way, I really tried to learn piano later in my life. Guess what the result is. Now we've got a very expensive deserted piano sitting in the living room. But who knows, I might become a guitarist someday.

Hello NewAgeEnglish,

In this example, 'only if' means that the statement is true or correct under a certain condition:

Only if you count listening to music as a talent = Provided that you count listening to music as a talent


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello teachers,

There is one mistake in the transcript at 3:01 that I am quite sure about when Richard says "to find musical talent" insted of "to find music talent". That make a sense because it is an adjective instead of a noun.
But in the next sentence there is a quite similar example that says "there is a music project..." Is it wrong?
What is the difference between music and musical? Am I right about above mentioned or I am completely wrong. All the best

Hi andeo,

That's a great catch and you're absolutely right: he says 'musical talent', not 'music talent'. 'music project' is indeed correct because it's a compound noun, i.e. two nouns put together that form a single idea. 'music' is a noun, but acts somewhat like an adjective by qualifying 'project'. There are quite a lot of compound nouns in English; it takes time and patience to learn them, as most of the time it's really just a question of convention (i.e. use) whether an adjective is used before a noun or if a compound noun is used. That is the case here.

Thanks very much for letting us know about the mistake in the Transcript. I've already corrected it – thanks to you, LearnEnglish is a bit better now! We're grateful for your contribution.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I'd like to music specially Britain. Already I have good collection in 1970 songs

Go Richard! Playing the piano-I think. Well, I only tried playing a musical instrument as well as singing even in my childhood years; sadly, my musical career didn’t not boost 

"Seeing the audience's reaction, I think, to walking in for the first time ". I' ve got a question regarding the use of the verb TO WALK. Why is it that you used TO WALKING ? I found strange the gerund here. Is there a rule I neglect ? THanks a lot

Hello apc,

The form here is [participle + object] and the object is a gerund, which is a verbal noun. Participles are always followed an object and gerunds can be both subjects and objects, as here.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

It is really amazing!

Richard is so Funny :) I don't play any musical instruments. when i was a child , I tried to play Piano .It was so much fun but i didn't continue playing and practicing .