Violinist Francesca Dardani appointed as 'Grado ambassador'

Headphone specialist Grado has appointed violnist Francesca Dardani, 24, as the company's 'ambassador' to the London 2012 Festival.

Francesca, a rising star in the music world, will perform in the Aldeburgh World Orchestra which comprises young musicians from 30 countries, and has been brought together for the Olympic Games.

The orchestra will perform a series of concerts as part of the London 2012 Festival, including a Proms performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

During the festival Francesca will keep a diary and post about her experiences with the orchestra on her Facebook page.

She was offered the ambassadorial role with Grado after contacting the company to say how much she loved her Grado RS2i headphones. "Their cool wooden finish reminds me of my violin," she says.

Grado has a pair of tickets for a performance of Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony at Snape on July 22nd which you can win by liking either her Facebook page or Grado's. The competition closes at midnight on July 16th.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.