The Benedetti Foundation hits all the right notes!
The Benedetti Foundation visited Ayrshire recently to work with young string players from local secondary schools.
80 musicians attended the foundation's 'String Residency' session and Ayr Town Hall echoed to the sound of violins, violas, cellos, and double basses.
The young musicians worked on two pieces of music, the 1st movement of St Paul's Suite - Holst and the 2nd movement of Capriol Suite - Warlock as well as exploring the art of free improvisation with Benedetti Foundation Ambassador Simone Seales. There was also a sharing session for parents and families at the end of the day.
A number of primary class workshops took place in Troon Primary, Glenburn Primary, St Ninians Primary and Ayr Grammar, earlier in the week with 600 children. These sessions, led by Lucy Drever and Calum Huggan, were a chance for pupils to explore rhythm and improvisation in a fun and engaging way.
All the sessions were planned in partnership with South Ayrshire Music Service along with music services from East and North Ayrshire. There was also generous support from Creative Scotland.
One pupil commented: "The String Residency was a great day. I really enjoyed working with other pupils from across the whole of Ayrshire and learnt a lot."
Another said: "I loved the Benedetti Foundation visit to my primary school - it was great fun. I hope they come back again."
Laura Gardiner, Foundation Director, The Benedetti Foundation said: "It is so wonderful see that music is thriving in Ayrshire and a real pleasure to bring these three exceptional music services together to collaborate with such passion and commitment. As someone who grew up in the area, it was a joy to return and see such focus and hard work from the young people. We are really proud of what they achieved together."
Councillor Stephen Ferry, Education Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "This was a great experience for the pupils and the instructors were very impressed. Nicola Benedetti is such an inspiration, and the pupils were thrilled to find out she used to play her music in Ayr Town Hall as well! I would like to thank the organisers and the foundation for their expert tuition, and well done to the young musicians they should be very proud."
Nicola Benedetti has strong links with Ayrshire as she grew up in the area, she is also Honorary President of the Ayrshire Music Festival.