World renowned violinist, Nicola Benedetti, describes what it is like to have success at a young age. She describes the pressures of fame and critical acclaim and how she balances those within her day to day life. Nicola talks about natural ability versus practice and describes what it feels like to have an orchestra play two feet behind you with the entire string section watching your every move. The clip features a solo rehearsal of Bach’s ‘Chaconne’ and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra rehearsing Sibelius’s ‘Violin Concerto’.
After watching the clip, discuss with your class how they could constructively comment on their own and others' work, including the work of professionals. Pupils can also learn how to recognise violin music, its features and some musical concepts such as concerto.