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7 July 2021, 09:41 | Updated: 7 July 2021, 09:43
Benedetti and a roster of international Baroque specialists will host her three-week Baroque Virtual Sessions from 5 to 25 July – with a final celebratory concert on Sunday 1 August.
Violinist and passionate music education advocate, Nicola Benedetti, has announced the Benedetti Foundation’s first ever Baroque Virtual Sessions.
Taking place online between 5 and 25 July, the educational sessions will be aimed at all ages and playing levels, and taught by a roster of renowned Baroque specialists from around the world. There will also be a final performance for participants to show off what they’ve learned, on Sunday 1 August.
Musicians of all ages and stages can experience wonderful Baroque music, hearing it played by the world’s best while also taking part in hands-on learning and performances themselves.
Baroque music, with its catchy melodies and focus around dance styles, lends so well to group music-making and discovery. And Benedetti is soon to release her new recording, Baroque, on Decca Classics – something that’s just one part of her long-dreamt-of project bringing together a recording, special live performances (at Battersea Arts Centre where the album was recorded), and the Benedetti Foundation’s education work.
“As we hopefully emerge from this long period of closed doors, we want to bring an experience full of love and fun and excitement,” Benedetti says.
“Italian Baroque music does this to the fullest and I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to playing this repertoire to a live audience and teaching its magic to our participants.”
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There will be ‘Saturday Sessions’ over the three weeks of the Virtual Sessions, which allow all levels of learners to get a foundation in the instruments, musical styles and context of Baroque music. And there will be specific string sessions aimed at people who play the instrument, allocated by grade, so that people can find playing and tuition at their level.
The Sessions will see participants take on Geminiani’s La Folia Variations, which feature on Benedetti’s Baroque album.
The Baroque Sessions are the next in a series of Virtual Benedetti Sessions, established in 2020 to bring mass music tuition and inspiration to people in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.
Benedetti continues: “I’ve long believed that Baroque music in general is an untapped secret for the world of collective and community music making and occupies an odd place in our formative years of learning instrumental music.
“We have so much more to learn from the energetic and revolutionary advancements in baroque interpretation. We can approach these works in ways that inspire fun and enjoyment, a greater sense of togetherness and community, a true abandonment of caution, and an embracing of scratches and scrapes and unapologetic flair.”
Over three weeks from Monday 5 to Sunday 25 July, the Sessions will take the form of a selection of live tutorials, pre-recorded lessons, masterclasses, live sessions, improvisation sessions, and rhythm and expression sessions with dancers, as well as the final performances of La Folia on Sunday 1 August, which will collect remote video recordings together into a virtual concert.
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The Sessions will be led by a team of internationally acclaimed Baroque performers and teachers, including violinists Kati Debretzeni, Maggie Faultless, Michael Gurevich and Andrea Marcon; violists Clifton Harrison and Becky Jones; cellists Luise Buchberger, Sarah McMahon, Robin Michael and David Watkin; double bassist Nikta Nuamov; and Thomas Dunford and Liz Kenny on the lute.
They will be joined by the Benedetti Foundation’s team of tutors, a group of dancers led by Imogen Alvares, and the Foundation’s ambassadors.
All levels of music learners, lovers and string players are invited to take part – from beginners intrigued to learn more about the music and history behind this word ‘Baroque’, to conservatoire students and beyond looking to really refine their string techniques:
At the end of week 2 of the Baroque Sessions, you will be invited to record and submit your chosen part for the final performance video of La Folia, if you wish to (it’s optional, so no pressure!).
Visit www.benedettifoundation.org to find out more.
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