Nicola Benedetti Strings Festival in partnership with European String Teachers Association

May 6-7 Saffron Hall

 

 

 

ESTA and Saffron Hall are joining forces with Nicola Benedetti on 6 and 7 May to present a weekend of activities and events devoted to the teaching and learning of stringed instruments.

 

This two-day festival is the first collaboration between the two organisations, and has been designed in partnership with Nicola Benedetti to bring teachers and students under one roof for a weekend packed full of inspiring ideas, provocative discussion and knowledge sharing.

 

The Nicola Benedetti Strings Festival builds upon Nicola’s existing relationship with Saffron Hall’s Learning & Participation programme, and her own advocacy of the importance of music and other expressive arts in education. Each season, Nicola devotes a significant part of her time to education visits and workshops throughout the country and worldwide.

 

Across the weekend, Nicola will deliver a number of workshops, discussions and performance sessions alongside acclaimed guest teachers including Andrea Gajic, Steve Bingham, Simon Cartledge and William Bruce. Nicola will draw from her personal experiences as a student, with observations that are relevant to string players and teachers of all ages and ability.

 

The weekend will be in 2 halves, day 1 will be a day of music making, workshops and seminars and is designed specifically for string players and their families. It will also be of interest to string teachers. Open to all ages and all abilities.

 

Day 2 will start with a keynote speech by Nicola followed by 'The Physicality of Playing' – a teachers perspective, repertoire session for upper strings plus a creative pathway for lower strings with William Bruce followed by a question time panel.

 

NB To get the £10 discount when you book for the two days, complete the forms for both days and the system will automatically give you the discount.

 

FOR DETAILS ON DAY 1 CLICK HERE

FOR DETAILS OF DAY 2 CLICK HERE

TO BOOK CLICK HERE

 

 

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  • Timetable

    Day 1 May 6

     

    10am – Registration

    Open to all ages and all abilities.

    10.30am – 11am Keynote Speech – Nicola Benedetti – “Combining excellence with inclusivity”
    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.

     

    11.30am – 12.45pm The Physicality of Playing
    Nicola Benedetti and Andrea Gajic discuss with students the importance of how we use our bodies when playing. Nicola draws from her personal experiences as a young student learning about sound, intonation, position and the physicality of playing.

     

    1.30pm – 3pm Open String Orchestra session* (places are limited – please apply when booking tickets and we will notify you if you have been successful)
    Play in a string orchestra session led by Nicola. Discover the importance of having the correct physical and mental set up prior to playing.

     

    4pm – 5pm Focus on Scales!!!! with Nicola and Andrea Gajic
    Don’t be afraid – its really not as bad as it sounds! Nicola and Andrea share a well thought through regime that is producing amazing results!

     

    Plus:
    • Busking competition (Nicola to judge the final!)
    • ESTA drop in clinic for students, teachers and parents
    • Pop up concerts
    • Music stalls – meet the composers
    • 1.30pm – 3pm – Instrument ‘Have-a-go sessions’ – Saffron Centre for Musicians
    • 3.30pm – 4.30pm – Music technology – try our online chamber music coaching or book an online instrumental lesson.
    • Merchandise
    • Café/bar with drinks and sandwiches

     

    Day 2 May 7

     

    10.30am – 11am Keynote Speech – Nicola Benedetti – “Combining excellence with inclusivity”


    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.

     

    11.30am – 12.45pm The Physicality of Playing – a teachers perspective


    “Musicians are athletes as well as artists; the necessary physical stamina is prodigious”. Nicola Benedetti discusses the importance of how we use our bodies when playing. Nicola draws from her personal experiences as a young student learning about sound, intonation, position and the physicality of playing.

    1.30pm – 3pm Repertoire session for Upper Strings with Nicola
    The concept of combining an exercise and study, and its relationship to a piece of music. Nicola will focus on examples of how the organised build up of practice material relates to a piece of music.

     

    1.30pm – 3pm A Creative pathway for Lower Strings – William Bruce

     

    3.30pm – 4.30pm Question Time Panel
    Our distinguished panel answer questions raised by string teachers.

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