ESTA UK - the British branch of the European String Teachers Association - is delighted to announce that violinist Nicola Benedetti is to be its next President.

Nicola will officially succeed the present incumbent, David Le Page, on June 21st, and her first engagement will be at an ESTA event in Leeds on July 4th this year. Website for the event is

ESTA UK’s Chairman, John Shayler, said “We are very excited to welcome Nicola as our new President. She led a very successful two day event for us last year at Saffron Hall in which she demonstrated her passion for string teaching, and her enthusiasm for communicating with teachers and pupils alike. We are certain that she will do a great deal to support our ongoing campaign for music education in the face of some very difficult circumstances for our members.”

“The Leeds event on July 4th will be a very good platform for the transfer of the Presidency.” said Philip Aird, CEO of ESTA UK, “Many teachers and pupils will be present, and David Le Page will be there to officially hand over the role. The Leeds branch of ESTA has for many years been one of our most active and successful regional branches, so we are delighted that they will be the people to host this important next step in the development of our very active and forward looking organisation.”

The previous President, David Le Page, was a very active supporter of the organisation, and led many masterclasses, presentations and concerts. “He changed the face of the Presidency by being especially active and supportive,” said Mr Shayler, “and we know Nicola is committed to continue in the same vein.”

Nicola Benedetti commented, ‘I am delighted to become the next ESTA UK President and to continue the excellent work that David has undertaken during his tenure. Exceptional teaching from dedicated music teachers takes place all over the UK and I believe it is our responsibility to support them. ESTA is brilliant at bringing teachers together to discuss best practices and to share ideas. I very much look forward to meeting more of them from across the UK as ESTA’s UK President.’

Traditionally, presidential terms in ESTA UK are for three or four years.


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