Saturday 6 May 2017

Nicola Benedetti – family day of music making, workshops & seminars

Teachers £25, Adult learner £10, Parent/Family member £10, Under 18s £5 Book Now
Nicola Benedetti – family day of music making, workshops & seminars
Teachers £25, Adult learner £10, Parent/Family member £10, Under 18s £5 Book Now

Day 1 of the Nicola Benedetti Strings Festival in partnership with European String Teachers Association.

This day of music making, workshops and seminars is designed specifically for string players and their families. It will also be of interest to string teachers. 

Under 18s
This is an unchaperoned event, aimed at families to attend together. Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. Any unaccompanied minor aged 12+ will be attending the event at their parent/carer’s discretion. Saffron Hall Trust and ESTA do not take any responsibility for unaccompanied minors.

Adult tickets can be purchased by clicking the link at the top of this page.


10am – Registration

10.30am – 11am Welcome & Introduction from John Shayler followed by Keynote Speech – Nicola Benedetti – “Combining excellence with inclusivity”
Nicola devotes a significant part of each season to education visits and workshops and is an active supporter of organisations and individuals advocating the importance of music, and other expressive arts in education. More and more is being added to the already huge amount of credible and evidence-based research showing that the impact of music as part of the learning process for young people not only enriches their lives by exposing them to music making and listening but also improves concentration, teamwork, discipline and confidence.

11am – 12.15pm The Physicality of Playing
Nicola Benedetti and Andrea Gajic discuss with students the importance of how we use our bodies when playing. Nicola draws from her personal experiences as a young student learning about sound, intonation, position and the physicality of playing.


1.30pm – 3.20pm Open String Orchestra session* (places for this session are now fully booked)

1.30pm – 2.20pm Orchestra 1
2.30pm – 3.20pm Orchestra 2
2.30pm – 3.20pm Orchestra 3 (taking place in the rehearsal room. Especially for beginners – grade 3)

Play in a string orchestra session led by Nicola. Discover the importance of having the correct physical and mental set up prior to playing. **Please note that this session is now sold out**


4pm – 5pm Focus on Scales!!!! with Nicola and Andrea Gajic
Don’t be afraid – its really not as bad as it sounds! Nicola and Andrea share a well thought through regime that is producing amazing results!


• Busking competition (Nicola to judge the final!)
• ESTA drop in clinic for students, teachers and parents
• Pop up concerts
• Music stalls – meet the composers
• 1.30pm – 4pm – Instrument ‘Have-a-go sessions’ – Saffron Centre for Musicians
• 3.30pm – 4.30pm – Music technology – try our online chamber music coaching or book an online instrumental lesson.
• Merchandise
• Café/bar with drinks and sandwiches

Presented by ESTA in association with Saffron Hall

Book for day 2 of the Strings Festival by clicking here

Special offer for teachers: Book for both days of the Strings Festival and save £10

Our free minibus service between Audley End Station and Saffron Hall will not be in operation for this event.

There are no upcoming performances.