The Benedetti Sessions...the story so far
Here at the Benedetti Foundation, we are committed to uniting those who believe music is integral to a great education, and inspiring collective action targeted at increasing its reach and quality.
In the first few months of this year, we have delivered our first four Benedetti Sessions in Glasgow, London, Birmingham and Dundee.
We are delighted to have worked with children and teachers from 31 out of the 32 local authorities in Scotland, 30 out of London’s 32 boroughs and in close partnership with many organisations, music services, hubs and private music teachers across the country. In just the first 3 months of this year, we have worked with over 1000 young string players, nearly 1800 primary school children, 250 string teachers and 100 primary classroom teachers.
We are very grateful to our orchestral and venue partners who have supported our sessions thus far as well as individuals who have donated in order to make these sessions a reality.
As we move into this unprecedented period of time, the Foundation has put in place a number of new activities to support young musicians and teachers across the country, and indeed across the world. Sadly, our live Sessions through til September have had to be postponed, but we’re looking forward to a time when we can all be back together in person to meet all our new participants.
The sessions of course focus on the experience of the child but trust me it has had an
enormous emotional impact on me as a parent - making time to engage with the preparation
materials with her and supporting her through it in a structured way with an inspiring
privileged goal of the Benedetti Session to aim for was positive and life-affirming (rather than the usual practice for grade exams with pain, tears and frustration). Youth culture is
currently digital devices, virtual reality, games and any child learning an instrument is
increasingly 'different' (at least in the state education sector) so this extra effort to
'holistically' support children learning a string instrument, bringing them together in this
inspiring and fun way is vital food for the soul of our future humanity and the future of