Nicola Benedetti launches three-week free online music course

The Benedetti Foundation will be running daily seminars, presentations and workshops for musicians, students and their parents

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The Benedetti Foundation has launched the Virtual Benedetti Sessions, which will provide three weeks of free, regular online music tuition for young musicians, university-level students, teachers, adult learners and amateur musicians.

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From Monday 11 May, sessions will be hosted on YouTube, Zoom and social media platforms and will be led by violinist Nicola Benedetti and tutors from the Foundation. There will be a mix of live and pre-recorded turorials. 

The programme will include seminars, activities, presentations and workshops in physical and mental wellbeing. There will also be two live sessions from instrumental teachers each week, a live session for conservatoire and university msuic students with leading artists and two weekly sessions for parents to chat to tutors about how to best help and support their children's musical education at home. 

The repertoire will include Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, which will be led by conductor Karina Canellakis; Mattachin from Warlock's Capriol Suite; Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence and a new arrangement of Paganini's Caprice No. 24.

The final weekend (30-31 May) will run from 10am to 5pm each day, with presentations and tutorials throughout the weekend, with a concert on 4pm on 31 May to premiere the combined videos submitted by participants. 

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Sign up here. Registration is free and will be open until Thursday 7 May.