In the first of Nicola Benedetti’s ‘Prepare with Nicky’ series, the violinist is focusing on Edward Elgar.

Benedetti says: ‘Elgar is certainly one of the most beloved British composers and we felt it fitting to play a piece of music by him with our Advanced Orchestra at The Benedetti Sessions, namely ”Introduction and Allegro”. We’ll be introducing you to Elgar the gentleman, the romantic, the composer and my experiences growing up with Elgar’s music. Then we will be exploring the style and attitude, the general feeling and the colourful journey of Introduction and Allegro.

As always, we want to hear from you! Share with us your thoughts on Elgar’s music, on the Introduction and Allegro, and on preparation in general. Tell us what you would like more of, and we will do our best to help you. Use #preparewithnicky and let us know how you are getting on.’