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Open Cloze - (C1) Advanced Certificate of English

For questions 1-8, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

The Simón Bolivar Orchestra

The Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra was named (0) AFTER Venezuela’s national hero. It is the product of a radical education system, which promotes social change by encouraging communities regarded (1) ............ the most deprived in the country to get involved in communal music-making. The orchestra arrived in Britain in 2007, (2) ............ the musical direction of Gustavo Dudamel. They amazed everyone with their sheer brilliance and exuberance. Nothing quite (3) ............ it had ever been seen in the concert halls of Britain before and for a (4) ............ years they swept all before them as praise was lavished (5) ............ the young virtuosos. In (6) ............, Dudamel’s star continued to rise in the years which followed and he was appointed music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Now, nearly two decades later, the ‘Youth’ of the name has been dropped as many of the players are youthful (7) ............ longer. However, when this inspirational orchestra returned to Britain this year, critics were beside (8) ............ with delight that their brilliance and force still shone through.

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