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Born in Wales, Ben-Tovim played her first television concerto live at the Royal Albert Hall, at the age of fourteen. She was principal flautist with the National Youth Orchestra, and then from 1963-75 principal flautist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She left the RLPO to found Atarah's Band in 1975, a group which sought to improve children's experiences with classical music. Atarah was awarded the MBE in 1980 for her work in this field and by the time that the band called time, it had played to over three million people.
In the late 1980s, BBC Radio Three networked Atarah's Music Box, all about children and music and Omnibus devoted a whole programme to her work, as did Blue Peter and Magpie. Her own television series, aimed at primary school children (Called "Atarah's band"), aired in 1982.
Her musical stories for little children in Rub-a-Dub-Tub on Sunday mornings ran for over two years. BRMB (Birmingham), Radio City (Liverpool), Radio Merseyside (Liverpool), Radio Piccadilly (Manchester), Red Rose Radio (Preston) and many other stations carried her radio series over the years.
She currently resides in France, where she teaches and holds workshops for budding flautists and clarinetists.
- GRO Birth records, Abergavenny, October–December 1940
- see http://www.atarah.tv/?page_id=164
- Culture: Reaching children with music for the soul; Atarah
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