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Benedetti Foundation opens applications for first Benedetti Sessions in 2020

6th September 2019

The Benedetti Foundation has opened applications for the first Benedetti Sessions in 2020.

The Benedetti Foundation will focus on providing enrichment, inspiration and variation to the UK’s education system and communities and will produce a series of orchestra-based weekend workshops – the Benedetti Sessions – designed to address, in equal part, the needs of young musicians and of teachers.

The first Benedetti Sessions will take place in Glasgow from 3 – 6 January 2020. Throughout the first year there will be a total of six Benedetti Sessions in London, Dundee, Northern Ireland, Manchester and Saffron Walden plus many more singular events and day sessions throughout the year and across the world.

The Benedetti Sessions 2020:

Glasgow Sessions 

3 – 6 January 2020

Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and RSNO Centre

In Partnership with: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, UNESCO City of Music and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Applications: NOW OPEN and will close on 18 September 2019


London Sessions 

10 – 12 January 2020

Venue: Southbank Centre

In Partnership with: Southbank Centre

Applications: NOW OPEN and will close on 18 September 2019

Dundee Sessions 

6-8 March 2020

Venue: Caird Hall

In Partnership with: Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Caird Hall, and  generously supported by Leisure & Culture Dundee

Applications: NOW OPEN and close on 18 September 2019


Antrim Sessions (Northern Ireland)

1 – 3 May 2020

Venue: Education Authority Antrim Board Centre (Northern Ireland)

In Partnership with: Education Authority Music Service

Applications: open in early November 2019


Manchester Sessions 

11 – 13 September 2020 

Venue: Manchester

In Partnership with: The Hallé

Applications open in early May 2020


Saffron Walden Sessions 

18 – 20 September 2020

Venue: Saffron Hall

In Partnership with: Saffron Hall

Applications open in early May 2020


Each of The Benedetti Sessions will follow the same format and will cater for all playing abilities with courses for Beginner String Orchestra (pre-grade 1 to grade 3); Intermediate String Orchestra (grade 4 – 6) and Advanced String Orchestra (grade 7+). There will also be a General Musicianship morning for beginners; String Teachers Professional Development Weekend for instrumental string teachers; Primary Classroom Teachers Professional Development Workshop for non-specialist primary classroom teachers and a Primary Schools Workshop Session introducing pupils to the fundamentals of music.

Full details on how to apply can be found at and the closing date for Glasgow, London and Dundee is 18 September 2019.