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Nicola Benedetti

Lucy Thraves


Applications open for Benedetti Foundation’s 2020 sessions

2:20, 4th September 2019

Applications are now open for the Benedetti Foundation’s Benedetti Sessions.

Devised by violonist Nicola Benedetti, the sessions are a series of orchestra-based weekend workshops which aim to address the needs of young musicians and of teachers.

Each of the sessions will follow the same format and will cater for all playing abilities, with courses for Beginner String Orchestra (pre-grade 1 to grade 3); Intermediate String Orchestra (grades 4-6); and Advanced String Orchestra (grade 7+).

There will also be a General Musicianship morning for beginners; String Teachers Professional Development Weekend for instrumental string teachers; Primary Classroom Teachers Professional Development Workshop for non-specialist primary classroom teachers, and a Primary Schools Workshop Session introducing pupils to the fundamentals of music.

Nicola Benedetti said: ‘There are no limits to our learning possibilities through music. We just have to be curious and open-minded enough to notice that this language is as rich as life itself, and this is what we aspire to expose young people to through the Benedetti Sessions.

‘In order to provide the highest possible standard of teaching, inspiration and guidance throughout the weekends, we have engaged the most phenomenal group of tutors. Each and every one of these musicians are not only extraordinary instrumentalists and teachers, but are also the most wonderful, uplifting, joyous yet serious individuals. We can’t wait to get started.’

Full details can be found at www.benedettifoundation.org. The closing date for Glasgow, London and Dundee is 18 September 2019.


London Sessions: 10-12 January 2020

Venue: Southbank Centre

In partnership with: Southbank Centre

Applications: NOW OPEN and will close on 18 September 2019

Dundee Sessions: 6-8 March 2020

Venue: Caird Hall

In partnership with: Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Caird Hall, and generously supported by Leisure & Culture Dundee

Applications: NOW OPEN and close on 18 September 2019


Northern Ireland Sessions: 1-3 May 2020

Venue: Education Authority Antrim Board Centre

In partnership with: Education Authority Music Service

Applications: open in early November 2019


Manchester Sessions: 11-13 September 2020

Venue: Manchester

In partnership with: The Hallé

Applications open in early May 2020


Saffron Walden Sessions: 18-20 September 2020

Venue: Saffron Hall

In partnership with: Saffron Hall

Applications open in early May 2020

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