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Benedetti Foundation residency sessions with Highland young people

High Life Highland is delighted to welcome The Benedetti Foundation to schools in the area for a week-of music residency sessions from 13 to 17 February 2023.

A series of school visits over the first three days of the residency will see over 1200 Primary school pupils involved in the inspirational activities including exploring rhythm, pitch, listening, singing and having fun. Primary school teachers from around the Inverness area received their own training event on Monday evening entitled ‘Building Confidence Teaching Primary Music’, delivered by Lucy Drever, Head of Creative Learning at the Foundation.

It will be the turn of strings teachers from High Life Highland and other music delivery organisations to take part in their own training day on Thursday 16 February where they will cover a variety of professional development topics.

The final, and largest event of the week will be on Friday 17 February when 400 young strings players will descend on Inverness Leisure for what promises to be an inspirational day of ensemble playing.  These young players have already committed to the event by working on two pieces with their High Life Highland Instructors at weekly lessons.  The event has been designed for beginner string players, including many who have only just started to play, so that they can experience the joy of music-making in a group setting.

Head of Music Development at High Life Highland, Norman Bolton, commented:

“Opportunities such as this Residency Week don’t come around very often, so we have been delighted to support the events and organise the school visits and workshops so that they can benefit the highest number of pupils in a concentrated timescale.  It’s important that the High Life Highland staff and the pupils they work with have the opportunity to be involved in these inspirational activities and we certainly hope that all The Benedetti Foundation team will have very positive memories of their week with us”.

Lucy Drever, Head of Creative Learning, The Benedetti Foundation said:

”It will be such a joy to visit primary schools across the Highlands as part of the Foundation’s Residency Sessions. We can’t wait to meet the young people, to hear their ideas as to why we listen to music, to have fun and to make music together. I am also really looking forward to meeting primary school teachers from across the region and helping to build confidence to teach music in their classrooms.”

The Benedetti Foundation was established in 2019 by world-renowned Scottish violinist and dedicated music education advocate Nicola Benedetti. The Benedetti Foundation delivers transformative experiences through mass music education and aims to ensure equal access to music participation and appreciation for all.