The Benedetti Foundation 24.01.2019

Nicola is one of the world’s leading advocates for quality music education, the role of arts and culture in the wider community and the transformational effect it has on all young people. She has been committed to education projects since the age of 15 and in the past 12 months, Nicola has worked with over 2,000 students and 500 teachers.

Over the coming year, Nicola intends to formalise her vision and expand her commitment to the education of young people and the supporting of music teachers by establishing a charitable organisation. The Benedetti Foundation , plans to focus on providing enrichment, inspiration and variation to the UK’s education system and communities. The ambition is to carry out a series of orchestra-based weekend workshops, designed to address, in equal part, the needs of young musicians and of teachers. 

Nicola commented, “The Benedetti Foundation will aim to work with young people on building discipline, professionalism, concentration and perseverance as well as addressing the deeply important emotional, social, internal and psychological challenges young people face, through the act of conscientious music making and collective activity. We will discuss what it is to patiently listen, to be fully present, to express thoughts and feelings with clarity and integrity, and to empathetically support each other to achieve a collective goal. 

50% of the activity carried out by the organisation will be for teachers. Teaching music well is an enormous responsibility and is hugely challenging. We are fiercely committed to providing meaningful support, extensive information and a sense of uplift, inspiration and respite to as many teachers as possible. Furthermore, we wish to help create a greater culture of public acknowledgement, appreciation and celebration of their work. I am passionate about promoting music education practices which encourage both musical and civic betterment.”

Nicola is delighted to reveal that Michael Garvey, current Director of BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, has accepted the role of Executive Director and is joining the team to help establish the Benedetti Foundation.
 
Over the coming year, Nicola intends to formalise her vision and expand her commitment to the education of young people and the supporting of music teachers by establishing a charitable organisation and appointing Michael Garvey is the next step in realising this.
 
With more than 20 years of music industry experience in both the commercial and public sectors, Michael will bring expertise in key areas including a deep understanding of the music education and orchestral sectors, leadership, strategic planning and fundraising.
 
Michael commented, ‘The future wellbeing, support and nurturing of our young people has never been more important and the provision of high quality music education has never been in greater jeopardy across the UK. Nicola Benedetti has selflessly recognised that her unique set of skills and experiences can be put to use to address these challenges. I am honoured that she’s chosen me to support her in this critical work and I look forward to the two of us working together to realise her bold ambitions.’
 
Nicola commented, ‘I am delighted that Michael has accepted the role of Executive Director and is joining us to help establish the Benedetti Foundation, and to steer the organisation through its inaugural years. Michael brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of both education and music sectors, as well as a shared belief and sense of urgency relating to the power of high quality music education. I cannot wait to work alongside such a fantastic team, and to realise our ambitions.’
📷 Andy Gotts – Nicola Benedetti
Patrick Olner – Michael Garvey
For full details on the Foundation and for all application processes please visit www.benedettifoundation.org