From the start of her performing career, Nicola has been a passionate and committed campaigner for music and arts in education. She is a Board Member and official Big Sister of Sistema Scotland, which now has 2 thriving centres in Raploch and Govanhill. In 2013, Nicola founded the “Benedetti Sessions“, a workshop programme integrating rehearsal, masterclass and performance for children and young people of all abilities and all backgrounds. Each session has welcomed anything from 50 to 300 children, from string players to full youth orchestras.
The inaugural session was in March 2013 in partnership with UNESCO and welcomed children from the greater Glasgow area and young students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Since then, Nicola has collaborated with a number of different organisations on variations of the Sessions programme, including with Royal Albert Hall, the Royal College of Music, Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts, Pizzicato Effect Melbourne, Cheltenham Festival and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Nicola devotes a significant part of each season to education visits and workshops and is an active supporter of organisations and individuals advocating the importance of music – and other expressive arts – in education. More and more is being added to the already huge amount of credible and evidence-based research showing that the impact of music as part of the learning process for young people not only enriches their lives by exposing them to music making and listening but also improves concentration, teamwork, discipline and confidence.
Please browse through this section and link to the photos and videos from various education projects Nicola has been working on in the past year and keep your eye open for more updates on Nicola’s education campaigns.
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The Nicola Benedetti Strings Festival
On May 6 and 7 the European String Teachers Association (ESTA) and Saffron Hall joined forces with Nicola to present a weekend of activities and events devoted to the teaching and learning of stringed instruments. Presented by ESTA in partnership with Saffron Hall, this two-day festival was the first collaboration between the two organisations, and had been designed […]
Three conservatoires, three master classes, one week.
On Tuesday, January 10th, all eyes were on Nicola Benedetti as she led a masterclass from London’s famed Royal Academy of Music. The class was broadcast on Facebook Live and has been viewed over 40,000 times to date! It was a rare opportunity for music-lovers, students and those in academia to witness what goes on within the walls of […]
STRING DAY, KILMARNOCK , SCOTLAND PHOTOGRAPHER: Mike Scott March 2016
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL BENEDETTI SESSIONS
Cheltenham Festival invited Nicola to be their Artist in Residence in June 2014. As well as performing with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and with her Trio, Nicola worked with the Festival Education Department to bring the “Benedetti Sessions” workshop to children from the Gloucestershire area. A large number of children joined forces with Nicola to […]
Concerto for the Commonwealth Summer School with Nicola Benedetti at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
In August 2014, Nicola worked with secondary school children on the “Concerto for the Commonwealth” summer school project with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This gave young students an opportunity to immerse themselves rehearsing and playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto alongside Nicola. The students were able to improve their performing skills and be mentored by […]
ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC
Nicola became a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 2014. In February 2014, she gave a Masterclass to three of their students – Johannes Marmen, Soh Yon Kim and Emil Sun. You can view these masterclasses by clicking on the links as well as watching Nicola interviewed by Mark Messenger, Head of Strings […]