Hampton musician Freddy Liang participated in the inaugural Benedetti Sessions at the renowned Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank.
Nicola Benedetti, highly acclaimed solo violinist and winner of 2004 BBC Young Musician of the Year, hosted the workshops at the Southbank Centre as part of the newly launched Benedetti Foundation, a nationwide initiative that aims to transform the teaching of music.
Fourth Year violinist Freddy joined over 100 talented string players from across the country after he auditioned for the opportunity to participate in the advanced orchestral workshop. Nicola had gathered a team of highly talented tutors and experts in their field and the two days were packed with a variety of creative workshops and rehearsals intended to encourage the young players to perform to the best of their ability and gain a fuller understanding of music and performance overall.
The event culminated in a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which was conducted by National Children’s Orchestra conductor Natalia Luis-Bassa and included performances of Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro and Bartók’s Romanian Dances, as well as giving the young string players the opportunity to perform alongside Nicola.
Fourth Year musician Freddy thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity:
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Learning the different techniques on the violin and expanding my performance knowledge was a very rewarding experience. I really enjoyed meeting Nicola Benedetti and accompanying her during the performance of Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances was fantastic. It was an inspirational weekend.