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Benedetti Foundation to come to West Sussex

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As part of their partnership with West Sussex Music, a musical charity established by world renowned solo violinist Nicola Benedetti is bringing musical opportunities to schools in West Sussex in January.  

The Benedetti Foundation is a music education charity established in 2019 by violinist and dedicated advocate Nicola Benedetti CBE.  

As part of our partnership, The Benedetti Foundation is providing a week of workshops, teacher training and performances. These interactive and fun schools’ workshops will introduce pupils to the fundamentals of making music covering the basics of pulse, rhythm, pitch and harmony. They will take the pupils on a musical adventure, composing and performing their own song, playing body percussion, listening to live music and having lots of fun. 

The residency week will take place from Monday 22 January, with three workshops per day at different schools. Schools which will be taking part include Tangmere Primary Academy, Seal Primary Academy, Eastergate CE Primary School, Rose Green Junior School, Nyewood CE Junior School, Bartons Primary School, St Nicolas and St Mary CE Primary School, and Buckingham Park Primary School.  

On Tuesday 23 January there will be a teacher training session for primary classroom teachers led by the Benedetti team hosted by Bartons Primary School in Bognor Regis. 

On the Thursday of that week there’ll be an opportunity to take part in a teacher training day for all instrumental teachers, hosted by West Sussex Music, at Worthing Assembly Hall with Benedetti Foundation Tutor, violinist Rachel Cooper. The training sessions will ultimately aim to build a new sense of community where teachers from all backgrounds come together to inspire and motivate, to engage and share and to learn and develop. 

And finally…on Friday 26 January the amazing team of Benedetti tutors and student ambassadors, from music conservatoires, will lead a Big Strings Day for violin, viola, cello, and double bass pupils from all over the county. Hosted by West Sussex Music at Worthing Assembly Hall players from recent beginners up to Grade 3, or equivalent, will be working together on some joint pieces that will be performed to families at the end of the day.  

James Underwood, Chief Executive for West Sussex Music, said: 

“Our hub partners are hugely valuable to us, and all the children and young people who benefit from their expertise. This offer from The Benedetti Foundation is an incredible opportunity for children and young people in schools in West Sussex that maybe don’t have as much direct access to musical opportunities as some others. 

“The opportunity to learn and perform with professional musicians is something which will stay with many of these youngsters for a lifetime and more importantly will, I hope, inspire children to explore music-making further.” 

The Benedetti Foundation delivers transformative experiences through mass musical events and unite those who believe music is integral to life’s education. They provide equal access to music participation and appreciation for all whilst revealing the greatest teachers to the world. 

West Sussex Music works with a group of partner organisations, schools, young people, and stakeholders from different sectors to develop their collective vision for accessible and inspirational music education. 

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