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Intermediate String Orchestra Weekend 

GRADE 4-6 

Recommended ages: 7 - 14

​Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass

The Intermediate Workshop is for string players Grade 4-6 (please note, exams do not have to have been taken). The workshop will give you the opportunity to make music with like-minded young musicians, and to address all aspects of quality playing. We will introduce new approaches to the basic principles of physicality and musicality. You will be working in an inspiring and motivating environment where fun in quality and fun in seriousness will be at the heart. 



Saturday and Sunday 9am-5.30pm

A series of workshops and full string orchestra rehearsals over the two days covering technical, creative and improvisatory aspects of music making as well as collective listening and collaborative ensemble playing. 



Warlock – Capriol Suite Movement 1

Mascagni - Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana 

Bartok – Romanian Folk Dances No. 4, 5 and 6 



Tutors are drawn from across the UK’s conservatoires, orchestras and educational institutions. 

The Intermediate Orchestra will work with conductor Alex Laing. 

Application Form: 


To apply for a place on the Advanced or Intermediate workshop, we ask you to submit a link to a video of your recent playing on the application form. This link is needed to complete an application. 


The video can be any piece of repertoire you choose. We suggest you play something you feel comfortable with. It should be no longer than 5 minutes and can be shared via a YouTube, Vimeo or Dropbox link. 


Please ensure we are able to see your playing fully in the video and the instrument is fully visible - please film full length where possible. 



Successful applicants to this weekend workshop will be required to prepare thoroughly in advance. Nicky and the team will guide you through some of this preparation process via the ‘With Nicky’ video series on YouTube. Before applying, please ensure you have the support of your instrumental teacher who will assist you with the preparation stages of the workshop. If this is not possible for you, don’t worry, we will be here to help!


All participants will be expected to be able to play their parts before the start of the course. All participants will be expected to be able to play their parts before the start of the course, and we strongly recommend learning your parts from memory. This will allow us to better focus our time together on larger objectives like story telling, sound production, expression, and flexibility and diversity in music.  


The cost for the Benedetti Sessions 2020 is: 

£10 for Intermediate Orchestra