Benedetti Sessions: Join in with violinist Nicola Benedetti’s virtual New Year and Mini Sessions

8 January 2021, 16:24 | Updated: 8 January 2021, 16:27

Join in with violinist Nicola Benedetti’s virtual New Year Sessions
Join in with violinist Nicola Benedetti’s virtual New Year Sessions. Picture: PA

By Rosie Pentreath

Nicola Benedetti has launched two new rounds of inspiring virtual sessions – for beginner, intermediate and advanced strings, as well as for teachers and adult learners.

Violinist Nicola Benedetti is a passionate advocate for music education, and in the summer she launched an online version of the Benedetti Foundation – founded in 2019 to ‘unite, inspire and educate’ – to give the world free access to mass tutorials from Benedetti Foundation tutors during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Virtual Benedetti Sessions offered three weeks of consistent online tuition and inspiration between 11 and 31 May, with all live sessions leading up to a final weekend of activity celebrating the coming together of the global music community. This was followed up by a series of ‘Virtual Mini Sessions’ in the summer, the Global Violin Sessions in November, which brought a world of different violin styles to us in our homes, and the Christmas Sessions in December.

As the pandemic continues, and the world continues to stay connected through ever virtual means, music is no exception – and now the Benedetti Foundation has announced two new rounds of inspiring online tutorials.

Find out more about the New Year Sessions and Mini Sessions below.

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Violinist Nicola Benedetti is a passionate advocate for music education
Violinist Nicola Benedetti is a passionate advocate for music education. Picture: PA

What are the Benedetti New Year Sessions?

The New Year Sessions will take place on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January.

There will be three different sessions across the weekend, for school-age beginner, intermediate and advanced strings. The sessions will be about exploring new repertoire and storytelling through music, with a focus on resetting technique.

To join the New Year Sessions, sign up here by Sunday 10 January.

There is an admin fee of £10 for beginner and intermediate strings and £15 for advanced strings. However, full financial support is available, and no one will be prevented from attending due to their financial circumstances.

Nicola Benedetti’s Virtual Benedetti Sessions were launched in response to the coronavirus pandemic
Nicola Benedetti’s Virtual Benedetti Sessions were launched in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Mark Beech

Benedetti New Year Sessions – full schedule.

Beginner Strings (pre-Grade 1 – 3): Saturday 16 January, 1 – 4.30pm

Join the Benedetti Foundation for an afternoon exploring a brand-new piece of music by Joelle Broad whilst resetting technique at the start of the year. During the afternoon participants will work both together and separately in individual sections finishing with a full play along.

Intermediate Strings (approx. Grade 3 – 5): Sunday 17 January, 1 – 4.30pm

Join the Benedetti Foundation for an afternoon discovering the Dance (3rd movement) from Holst’s Brook Green Suite. During the afternoon participants will work both together and separately in individual sections with a chance to reset technique, enjoy storytelling through music making together and finishing with a full play along.

Advanced Strings (GRADE 6+): Saturday 16 January, 1 – 5pm and Sunday 17 January, 1 – 4.30pm

Join the Benedetti Foundation for two sessions exploring the 1st movement of Elgar’s Serenade for Strings. Across the two days, participants will have the opportunity to work both together and in individual sections looking at ensemble skills, the structure and story of the piece, harmony, interpretation, and healthy playing, as well as the technical details within each instrumental part.

For more information, visit benedettifoundation.org/new-year-sessions.

What are the Benedetti Mini Sessions?

The Mini Sessions will take place from January to March, and are available for school age children and young people of all ages and stages.

There’ll also be several energising sessions available for instrumental teachers, primary classroom teachers, music students and recent graduates, and adult learners of all stages.

The roster of experienced Benedetti Foundation tutors will deliver the workshops on Zoom. There’ll be practical sessions concentrating on technique, physicality and wellbeing, as well as discussion sessions and a focus on personal and professional development for students and teachers.

A small registration fee is required to participate in the Mini Sessions. However, bursary support is available and no one will be prevented from attending due to their financial circumstances.

To find out the full schedule for the Mini Sessions and to sign up, please visit benedettifoundation.org/mini-sessions.