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Intermediate and Advanced String Players

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September

9.30am-4.30pm (approximate times)

Join Nicola Benedetti, an incredible array of Baroque specialists and our incredible team of tutors to explore, discover, prepare, and perform baroque repertoire including our new arrangement of Geminiani’s La Folia.

We will be working with you on understanding and exploring the baroque style of playing and delve into the fundamental elements of Baroque music.

Prior the weekend, you will receive a tutorial video from our tutors to help you prepare your part. Participants in the sessions are expected to have prepared their parts before the weekend. This will allow us to better focus our time together on larger objectives like storytelling, sound production, freedom in playing.

We will be exploring the fundamentals of baroque music, freedom and virtuosity, dance, rhythm and bass, expression and interplay. We will look at the story of the music, improvisation, the bassline and its harmony, baroque interpretation as well as spending time in our individual ensembles to delve into specific technical challenges.

On Sunday, we will welcome Beginner String players to join our mass ensemble for a final performance of La Folia.

Each day ends with a short performance all together. Currently, we hope parents/carers will be able to join us for this part of the day (please note spaces will be restricted to 1 or 2 seats per family to be confirmed in September). Due to limited capacities, we aim to record the final performance to share with participants.

Advanced Vibrato (Higher Positions & Double Stops) for Upper Strings

Monday 5 and 12 October

7-8pm BST

A two-part series focusing on developing vibrato for advanced violinists & violists. A follow on to the July vibrato session, but equally as accessible to new participants, these sessions will allow you to extend your vibrato skills in the higher positions and with double stops and to explore the different colours and textures which can be achieved for different characters. This is recommended for advanced players

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Registration Fee: £18 - full bursary support is available. Please select the box on the registration form.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants to the Intermediate and Advanced workshops should send in a link to a short (2-3 minute) recording with your application. Please choose an excerpt from any piece you wish which shows you playing your best. Any repertoire is acceptable, we just want to get an idea of how you play – please do not worry about this! You will be asked to add a YouTube link to your application form (unlisted is absolutely fine). If your video is longer than 3 minutes, please don’t worry – we’ll just watch an extract of it.


If you are unable to add the link at the time of applying, please email to us: info@benedettifoundation.org before the 31 July deadline.