July 2021: Trustees' Report and Financial Statements 2019-2020
We are thrilled to share our Trustees' Report and Financial Statements for our first period July 2019 - December 2020.
Please click here to read and download the report
July 2021: Benedetti Foundation Newsletter - July 2021
July 2021: Benedetti Foundation Newsletter - July 2021
June 2021: Announcing the Baroque Virtual Sessions
We are thrilled to announce the Baroque Virtual Sessions to take place between 5-25 July.
June 2021: June Mini Sessions Open for Registration
May 2021: Nicola Benedetti announced as BBC Music Magazine's Personality of the Year
We're delighted to share that Nicky has been awarded BBC Music Magazine's Personality of the Year. Read all about this award in May's BBC Music Magazine.
"So this year's Music Magazine Personality of the Year award goes to someone who, over the past year, has helped keep many young players' hopes and aspirations alive with a mind-boggling array of online courses, videos and social media for budding string players. Such has been the sheer professionalism and sleekness of these offerings, one would never know they were anything other than the result of a long-planned vision online." - BBC Music Magazine, May 2021
May 2021: New Ambassadors for 2021 Announced
The Benedetti Foundation’s Ambassador Programme has been running since the Foundation’s inception in January 2020. The Ambassadors are students or recent graduates from the UK’s conservatoires, as well as some international ambassadors from as far as New Zealand, Mexico and the USA. They are all excellent instrumentalists that have demonstrated a passion for educating. Through the Foundation’s free training programme, the Ambassadors gain experience in a supportive and safe environment in which to share ideas, learn from one another, further both practical and instrumental teaching skills, and gain greater knowledge, understanding and insight into the Foundation’s music and education communities.
The Benedetti Foundation is thrilled to announce that it has expanded its Ambassador Programme this year with the acceptance of 67 new Ambassadors for 2021 – for the first time open to all instruments, a new Teaching Ambassador Programme with 27 participants and the appointment of 13 Lead Ambassadors - who have all worked with the Foundation as ambassadors since the very first sessions and take on a mentoring and leadership role within the programme.
Congratulations to all those who have been accepted onto the programme this year.
April 2021: Nicky chats with....
During our Bullding Foundations Sessions, Nicky chatted with cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, violinists Geza Hosszu-Legocky and Rachel Podger and double bassist Carlos Henriquez about their physical and psychological appraoches to playing.
April 2021: Building Foundations: Exploring the Physicality and Psychology of Playing
From 29 March – 18 April, we delivered our first 3-week Virtual Sessions of 2021, ‘Building Foundations: Exploring the Physicality and Psychology of Playing’. With no set repertoire, these sessions were unlike anything we had delivered before. Our aim was to ignite curiosity and understanding of playing through exploring physical and psychological tasks and challenges.
We believe strongly in the addressing of our foundations, within which we encourage and try to ignite individuality and creativity. There is no one way to play, one way to make music, one interpretation, or one methodology or pedagogy. Alongside our friends, colleagues and incredible tutors, we continue to strive for collective development and the never-ending journey of discovery.
March 2021: 'With Nicky' returns for Series 2
'With Nicky' is back with series 2. From 1st March 2021, Nicky returns with a new set of educational videos. Click here to view all 'With Nicky' videos.
March 2021: Benedetti Foundation Announces New Trustees
We are delighted to announce that Wynton Marsalis and Jonathan Moulds CBE have been appointed to our Board of Trustees. Both bring a wealth of experience and expertise and share our beliefs, passions and aims as a charity. Click here for the full story.
January 2021: Applications Invited for the Benedetti Foundation's Ambassador Programme for Students and Recent Graduates
January 2021: Teaching Primary Music Resources for Class Teachers Released
Teaching Primary Music (KS1 and KS2) was created by Jimmy Rotheram, primary music specialist at Feversham Primary Academy, in Bradford, along with a number of collaborators and edited and developed by the Benedetti Foundation. It is a resource designed primarily for teachers working in KS1 and KS2 in England. For a full list of contributors, please see the final page of the resource books.
Created in response to the Covid-19 crisis to support primary classroom teachers, who are non-specialist musicians, bring music into the primary classroom on the return to school, we hope these activities will enable all teachers, teaching assistants, or those responsible for delivering music in the primary setting build their confidence and skills to teach this subject regularly and embed it within the school day.
The resources are designed to be accessible, easy to use and deliver a high-quality music offer to children despite the current COVID-19 restrictions. The videos have been created so that they lead the activity in the classroom, but once teachers have viewed them a few times and built some confidence they can have a go at leading it themselves.
The resources can be used in whichever way best suits your setting and further resources can be found from all the contributors to these books.
January 2021: Mini Sessions January-March 2021 Announced
Please click here to view the new Mini Sessions for January - March 2021, open for registration now:
January 2021: London Sessions Documentary Released
One year on from our London Sessions, we are delighted to share with you our documentary from the wonderful weekend spent at the Southbank Centre in January 2020.
Watch this short film presented by Jess Gillam:
January 2021: Benedetti Foundation Newsletter January 2021
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