Sistema Scotland ‘Big Sister’ Nicola Benedetti meets our Pizzicato Effect students

Nicola Benedetti teaches a workshop at Meadows Primary

Nicola Benedetti teaches a workshop at Meadows Primary

Coinciding with her visit to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Diego Matheuz and the Orchestra in early September, Scottish-born superstar violinist Nicola Benedetti visited Meadows Primary to give an afternoon instrumental workshop with the young musicians in the MSO’s Pizzicato Effect program.

After the workshop, students were given the chance to witness Benedetti rehearse with the Orchestra at Hamer Hall, which was followed on Sunday morning with a concert presented for parents, friends and donors. As part of the event, Nicola and the students performed together under the baton of MSO’s own Principal Guest Conductor, Diego Matheuz.

Morning tea for the event was generously provided by Open Table, and guests were also treated to a very special performance by Benedetti and pianist Amir Farid of Méditation, the symphonic intermezzo from Jules Massenet’s opera, Thaïs. Needless to say, there were smiles galore!

Nicola Benedetti is as committed to introducing children to great music as she is to playing it: she is the official “Big Sister” to Sistema Scotland – the local version of the Venezuelan-inspired program to bring social change by teaching children to play in orchestras.

The Pizzicato Effect is MSO’s own El Sistema-inspired partnership between Meadows Primary School, Broadmeadows and the Orchestra, forging new learning pathways for students through the introduction of instrumental teaching. For further information, visit the Pizzicato Effect page.


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