We are very excited to announce that in 2019 The London Music Fund will be holding as series of workshops for current and graduate Scholars with two of our Ambassadors, Nicola Benedetti MBE, and Julian Bliss. London Music Fund Playing Days are brilliant opportunities for past and present Scholars to come together to play as an ensemble, creating new music together in iconic venues. The days consist of a workshop led by professional musicians, followed by an informal performance for friends and family.
In 2019 our Playing Days will reflect our aim of providing progressive and sustained learning for our Scholars, continuing our long-standing and significant relationship with international music exams board ABRSM. We have commissioned a new by renowned composer Deborah Pritchard, which will be created in part during the spring workshops with Scholars, and performed in full at our Gala Concert in July.
On Sunday 24 February string players will be invited to partake in a workshop led by Nicola Benedetti at Duke’s Hall at the Royal Academy of Music. We are delighted that Nicola will also be leading a one-off CPD workshops for string teachers from London’s Music Services during the afternoon.
On Sunday 10 March brass, woodwind and percussion players will be invited to a workshop led by Julian Bliss at Milton Court Concert Hall at the Guildhall School which promises to be a great day.
Nicola said: “I am delighted to be an Ambassador for the London Music Fund, and hugely excited about working with the Scholars. Access to high quality music education is scarce. I support wholeheartedly the work of the London Music Fund. We grow and experience new dimensions of thought and emotion through music. I am greatly looking forward to working with these young musicians and their teachers at the Royal Academy of Music in February.”
Julian said: “The London Music Fund Playing days are a fantastic opportunity for talented young musicians to get together, play their instruments and make new friends all whilst being coached by some amazing players and teachers. It’s exciting that there will be a brand new piece of music commissioned for the workshops which will culminate in a performance. Im delighted to be a part of this great initiative and can’t wait to get started.”
Chrissy Kinsella, Chief Executive of the London Music Fund, added “We are absolutely thrilled and very lucky to be working with such high calibre musicians as Nicola, Julian and Deborah. Their passion for supporting young musicians from all backgrounds is infectious, and giving Scholars the opportunity to learn from and perform alongside such talented professional musicians in iconic venues is a huge part of our mission. Enormous thanks to the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama for their support in making such fantastic spaces as the Duke’s Hall and Milton Court available to our young musicians. We are, as ever, hugely grateful to ABRSM for their ongoing support of our vision; their passion and commitment to supporting every young person in their music making is invaluable and we are all very excited about working together in 2019.”