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Coffee and Chat with Benjamin Zander

5 May @ 12:00 - 12:45 BST

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Grab a cuppa and find out more about three-time Grammy nominee Benjamin Zander’s career as a conductor for the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and his work as a master teacher. Benjamin will be in conversation with Ignaty Dyakov-Richmond, chair of SoA’s Educational Writers Group, and will offer insights into his work and creative routine.

This event is in conjunction with our Educational Writers Group and will take place on Zoom. The link will be sent to registered attendees.


2 minutes – Welcome from Ignaty Dyakov-Richmond, Chair of the Educational Writers Group

5-15 minutes – Discussion with Benjamin Zander about his work and career, and glimpse into his creative routine

10 minutes – Advice for authors on staying creative and connected during the pandemic

10-15 minutes – Q&A from audience

If you would like to send questions for Benjamin Zander in advance, email Eddie Reeves with ‘Benjamin Zander – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and try to answer as many as we can on the day.


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Benjamin Zander

Benjamin Zander is the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He is also a three-time Grammy nominee and the co-author of the book The Art of Possibility. Benjamin’s TED talk ‘The Transformative Power of Classical Music’ has been seen by over 20 million people.
Website: www.benjaminzander.org  | Twitter: @benjaminzander


Ignaty Dyakov-Richmond – Author, Chair of SoA’s Educational Writers Group

Ignaty Dyakov-Richmond is Chair of the Educational Writers Group, a Chartered Linguist and an author of a series of unconventional Russian language textbooks. In recent years, he has been also running his life and health coaching practice.
Website: www.lifesensei.uk | Twitter: @dignaty

About the Educational Writers Group

The Educational Writers Group was set up in 1964 for writers of materials for learners and teachers. Find out more here


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5 May
12:00 - 12:45 BST
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