Benedetti Sessions Day

For intermediate and advanced string players, and string teachers

Sunday 3 July, 11am to 4pm

The Benedetti Foundation is delighted to be working in partnership with Yehudi Menuhin School and Surrey Music Hub to bring a special edition of the Benedetti Sessions to the Menuhin Hall on Sunday 3 July. YMS alumna Nicola Benedetti and the Foundation team will lead an exciting day of making music together.

Young string players (violin, viola, cello, double bass), working from approximately Grade 4 to Grade 8+ level, are invited to join us for the day. For string teachers from across the area, we will host a day of professional development sessions.


Information for Families

On the day we will work in two separate ensembles:

  • Intermediate Orchestra: This is suitable for string players working between approximately Grade 4-6. Repertoire on this day will include Brook Green Suite 3rd movement by Holst.
  • Advanced Orchestra: This is suitable for string players working above Grade 7. Repertoire on this day will include Lyric for Strings by George Walker.

Please note no exams need to have been taken - these grades are given as a guideline and repertoire is subject to change. You will be able to swap orchestras once the music is sent out, for a limited time, if you feel you should be in a different group. We would encourage you to consult your teachers over which ensemble is best to join if possible.

This day has been designed for you. We want you to absorb as much as possible, leave any nerves or worries at the door and be relaxed, yet focused. Intense, yet calm. Our sole intention is to inspire you. In order for us all to gain the most from the workshop, we will require a level of commitment from you as we work towards the sessions. Regardless of your level, we want to help each and every one of you to remember that to be good at something, and therefore experience more enjoyment, it takes consistent and intelligent work. It doesn’t happen on its own.

By signing up to this workshop, you are also signing up for preparation. It doesn’t have to take long, but consistency is key. We have put together a tutorial video and a play along track to help you all with your practice. These will be shared with all those who are registered approximately 3 weeks before the sessions.

On the day, we will be working with violinist Nicola Benedetti and an amazing team of tutors including Alex Laing and Andrea Gajic. Click on their names to read more about them.

We will also have a group of Benedetti Foundation Ambassadors (music students and graduates) with us who will be working with you as well.

The day will end with a short sharing session to which families will be invited to attend. Further information on how to register for seats will be shared with participants nearer the day.

All sign up forms will be closed when each orchestra is full, or at the end of the day on Sunday 12 June 2022.

Register via The Benedetti Foundation here:

Intermediate Orchestra

Advanced Orchestra


Information for Teachers

During the day, you will spend at least one session with the young people taking part in the string day running in parallel.

Whether you teach whole class, small group or individuals, the 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 from some of the greatest educators and teachers.

This day aspires to leave you with new found excitement and enthusiasm about teaching your instrument, and a chance to forge stronger relationships with those in similar positions.

Workshops will include a selection from: Back to Basics, Skills Progression, Group Teaching, Physical Wellbeing, Engaging Students with Scales and Studies, Mental Health and Performance Anxiety, Lesson Planning, Developing Notation and Early Note Reading, Inquisitive, Meaningful and Purposeful Teaching and more…

This day will be designed for you and so we invite you to include any suggestions of topics you would love to see covered in the teacher training sessions. Please write directly to The Benedetti Foundation on

The form will be closed when the workshop is full, or at the end of the day on Sunday 26 June 2022.

Register via The Benedetti Foundation here.

This day is FREE of charge to all and has been generously supported by the Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey Music Hub and Mole Valley District Council.

Spaces are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note some instruments may fill up faster than others.

By registering for these Sessions, you consent to your name and email address being shared with the Yehudi Menuhin School for the sole purpose of contacting you about this event. Please contact us on by 12 June if you DO NOT wish your contact details to be shared.

We can't wait to see you soon!