Welcome to October's Mini Sessions for students, teachers and adults.

Please read each workshop description carefully to find the most suitable programmes for you. Then click the link to sign up. Once you have signed up, the confirmation page on your form will ask you to come back to www.benedettifoundation.org/payments to send the admin fee and complete the sign up.  You may sign-up to more than one workshop.

For workshop closing dates, please see information for each session.

Note to Instrumental Teachers: If you have students who wish to sign up to these workshops, we have advised all young people to contact their teachers first, where possible, to discuss which workshops are most suitable for them. We are always overwhelmed by the incredible support we receive from the Instrumental teaching community and we would just like to thank you for encouraging your students to take part.


Audition Tips (Instrumental Teachers, Students and Young Musicians Age 15+)

Tuesday 6 October

7-8pm BST

This one-hour intensive session is designed for young musicians considering or about to embark on conservatoire auditions, those auditioning for places in local or national youth orchestras or undergraduate students undertaking auditions in the coming weeks and months.


This session will be taken by Andrea Gajic and Julian Lloyd Webber both of whom have extensive experiences in conservatoire auditions. Andrea is a Professor of Violin at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and until just this past month, Julian was Principal of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. We are thrilled they have agreed to deliver this session.


We will also have a number of our Ambassadors, who between them have studied at all of the UK’s conservatoires, on the chat. You will be able to ask questions to them throughout the session. We’ll be talking about audition preparation from your repertoire choices to technical studies to orchestral excerpts.


This is designed to give you an overview into the experience and to help support those who may be considering this route in the near future. Teachers who have students at this stage or are interested in this topic are also invited to join us.

Andrea Gajic

Julian Lloyd Webber

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  • Tutors: Andrea Gajic and Julian Lloyd Webber

  • Participants: Advanced Musicians (age 15+), Music Students (all levels), Recent Graduates, Instrumental Teachers

  • Platform: Zoom


  • Fee: £10 (financial support is available – please indicate on the sign-up form)

  • Closing Date to Apply: SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER

  • Information will be sent by MONDAY 5 OCTOBER


Musicians’ Wellbeing

Saturday 10, 17 and 24 October

3-4pm BST

Physiotherapist Dr Sarah Upjohn, who specialises in musicians and the prevention of musicians’ injuries, and violinists, yogis and co-founders of Intermission, Elena Urioste, Melissa White, will lead these 3-part Sessions.


These Sessions will focus on your role in maintaining your student’s physical and mental wellbeing. In Session 1 and 2, Sarah will focus on posture, sitting and standing positions for all instruments and as a registered physiotherapist will talk more about the strains and stresses on your student’s bodies and how to avoid injury before it happens. In Session 3, Elena and Melissa will work on a variety of breathing exercises and share how yoga has supported their journeys as violinists. They will be sharing exercises and routines you can safely use with your students and will also talk about this in relation to mental wellbeing.

Dr Sarah Upjohn

Melissa White

Elena Urioste

  • Presenters: Dr Sarah Upjohn, Elena Urioste, Melissa White


  • Participants:  Instrumental Teachers, Music Students and Young Musicians Age 15+ are welcome to join (with parental permission)

  • Platform: Zoom


  • Admin Fee: : £15 (financial support is available – please indicate on the sign-up form)


  • Closing Date to Apply: WEDNESDAY 7 OCTOBER


  • Information will be sent on: FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER


Teaching Primary Music for Classroom Teachers

Tuesday 13 and 20 October

7-8pm BST

A 2-part workshop for primary teachers delivering classroom music lessons. In these Sessions, we will be sharing with you lots of ideas and inspiration for activities to deliver in the classroom. From 5-minute energisers to your main lesson activities, including ideas for what can be safely delivered during the current restrictions, these sessions will be a burst of inspiration during October half term. The ideal follow on from the August Sessions, but equally accessible to any teacher looking for some new ideas.

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Jimmy Rotheram

Lucy Drever

  • Presenters: Jimmy Rotherham (week 1) and Lucy Drever (week 2)

  • Participants: Class teachers who are delivering primary classroom music, instrumental teachers looking for some activities to enhance their group and whole class lessons

  • Platform: Zoom


  • Fee: £10 (financial support is available – please indicate on the sign-up form)

  • Closing Date to Apply: SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER

  • Information will be sent by MONDAY 12 OCTOBER


Adult Learners: Technique Session for Violin & Viola

Wednesday 14 and 21 October


Join us for a two-part whistle-stop tour of vibrato and shifting for adult violin and viola learners. Alex and Suzie will be covering the fundamentals of both of these techniques, sharing exercises, tips and tricks and how to put it into practice.

Suzie Collier

Alex Laing

  • Tutors: Suzie Collier and Alex Laing


  • Participants:  Adult learners who are working on vibrato and shifting techniques

  • Platform: Zoom


  • Admin Fee: : £10 (financial support is available – please indicate on the sign-up form)


  • Closing Date to Apply: SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER


  • Information will be sent on: TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER


I’m not receiving emails from the Foundation, what should I do?

We will write to you by the date specified on the sign up for each course with the workshop and Zoom information. If you have not received this by the end of that day, please contact info@benedettifoundation.org and let us know.

Please check your junk mail folder as some mail servers will send this email there.

We receive a lot of emails, so if you could please specify the participant name, workshop and instrument in your subject heading or body of the email that will help us to help you as quickly as possible.

If I can attend only part of the workshop, can I pay only part of the admin fee?

Unfortunately not. By signing up to the workshop, you are committing to attend the all the sessions. If you miss a session, this is of course at your own discretion.

Will the Sessions be available as catch up links?

These Sessions will all be delivered live and we hope all participants attend all sessions they can. International participants in time zones where it is impossible to attend live can receive all catch up links by registering on the Sessions. Catch up links will be sent to all registered participants on a sessions normally the following day so they can be watched back. Generally, these remain available for 2 weeks after the final session. The Chamber Music Weekend is being delivered live and links will ONLY be available to international participants who have indicated on their sign up form. Special circumstances for UK based and European based participants will always be considered.

I can’t access the sessions because of my time zone. Can I receive links to watch afterwards?

Yes, if you are living in a time zone that would make it difficult to access the sessions live, please register as a participant and you will receive catch up links the following day.

Will there be more workshops? My instrument, age or stage is not covered.

Yes – these are just the beginning of many workshops. Every month there will be a new set of workshops announced. The next announcement will be in mid-September for October’s workshops.

I’ve missed the closing date, can I still apply?

Once the workshop has begun, we will not be able to add late applicants as these sessions are progressive and it is important participants are a part of the sessions from the first day. All workshops will close a few before the first session. Please check closing dates carefully.

Can Adults register to join the children’s workshops?

For safeguarding reasons because sessions are delivered via Zoom, we have decided to keep adult and children’s workshops separate. We will be delivering more workshops for Adults in the coming months.

I’m a parent, can I sit with my child on the sessions?

In some cases, this is an excellent idea and will enable you to help with practice at home. Please could we ask adults who are in the room with the children to avoid being on the camera as far as possible during the session, but please, please do help your children if they are struggling. We believe your involvement is incredibly important so please do feel free to sit and listen.

My child’s a bit nervous of online group Zoom sessions – what will they be like?

Mostly, your child will only see the tutor on the screen and our Tutor and Ambassadors will be able to see all your children. You do have the option to keep the camera off, but we would encourage you to switch it on so we can help as much as possible. The camera is automatically off when you log on, so you have to switch it on. All participants remain on mute mostly – we normally take mute off of everyone at the end so they can all say bye to each other! Sometimes the tutor will ask for demonstrations or answers to questions. Children volunteer to do this and to be on the screen, so if your child doesn’t want to speak or to be seen by the others, there is no requirement for them to do so. It’s a bit like an individual lesson within a group setting.

My payment says, 'Product not available in your country'. What do I do?

For participants outside the UK, should you experience any difficulties with the PayPal Checkout process, please use the Paypal Donate button found on our Support Page and write your workshop, participant name and instrument in the notes section. For alternative payment methods contact us by emailing info@benedettifoundation.org

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