Over the last 12 months Nicola has continued her role as a dedicated, passionate ambassador and leader in music education. She has reached over 2000 young people through workshops, masterclasses, partnership projects, and school visits, providing key moments of inspiration for young instrumentalists, as well as focused, high quality teaching and guidance.
Nicola has also connected with over 500 teachers, aiming to support their practice, highlight their essential role in society – especially during a period when many jobs have been under threat – and encourage collaboration and mutual learning. This commitment to supporting the UK’s music practitioners was underlined in July, when Nicola took over as President of the European String Teachers Association.
Nicola continues to hold key positions in a number of the country’s most established and high-quality youth music organisations including the National Children’s Orchestras (Vice President), Sistema Scotland (Big Sister), National Youth Orchestras of Scotland’s Junior Orchestra (Patron), Music in Secondary Schools Trust (Patron), Junior Conservatoire at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Patron) and many more. Activities with these groups have seen Nicola explore Bach, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Britten, Grieg and Janacek, working across Scotland, and from Leeds to London to Cardiff.
Through all these events, Nicola aims to tackle the paradox that faces all young players; how to balance the perseverance and discipline required to master technical challenges with the consistent passion, love, and freedom of expression that is the impetus of all the most powerful music-making. This featured highly in the Super Strings Sessions with Sistema Scotland (Sep/Oct 2018) – which saw Nicola work directly with 500 young people in events across four different cities culminating in a massed strings performance bringing together learners from all backgrounds and abilities in a celebration of collective music making.
Longer term, Nicola wants to continue to connect great teachers, music makers and young people from across the UK, and the wider world. She is currently exploring more formal ways through which she can act as a catalyst and connector, making the most of her vast knowledge of all the good work happening across the UK. Through all future projects, Nicola will seek to encourage collaboration, promote the sharing of ideas and best practice, and continue looking for ways to enable people and organisations to deliver an ever higher quantity and quality provision of music making events for young people in the UK.
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North Ayrshire Advocate for Music
Nicky joined North Ayrshire Council Music Service to work with the children at Dalry Primary School just before Christmas. ‘What an overwhelming night in Dalry. Hundreds and hundreds of kids playing their wee hearts out. Thank you for having me – very emotional evening . I believe everyone left feeling better & uplifted.’#AdvocateForMusic
MiSST Strings Workshop London 2017
Over the course of three days from 21 – 23 September 2017 Nicky participated in an intensive strings workshop at Highbury Grove School in Islington with the Music in Secondary Schools Trust (MiSST) The aims of the workshop were as follows • To raise the standard of string playing • To develop further the skills […]
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 […]