Launched in 2014, the BBC’s Ten Pieces is an ambitious initiative for school pupils, which aims to open up the world of classical music to a generation of children by using ten pieces of music as a spring-board for creativity, alongside a range of online resources, UK-wide events and close collaboration with music and arts organisations. The first year of the project has so far engaged more than half of UK primary schools and the initiative has now been extended to secondary schools with a new selection of music.
Schools begin their involvement in the project by watching one of the Ten Pieces films (Ten Pieces I for primaries and Ten Pieces II for secondary schools). Each film features stunning footage of a BBC Orchestra performing a selection of orchestral music that represents a wide range of styles and eras relevant to the Key Stage 2 or Key Stage 3 Schools can order free copies of the Ten Pieces films on DVD from bbc.co.uk/tenpieces.
Once students have seen the film, teachers can access online resources to enable students to develop creative responses inspired by the music – either through dance, performance poetry, composition or digital art. Schools can also attend workshops and live performances of the Ten Pieces across the country throughout the year.
There will be two broadcasts of the Ten Pieces II film over the festive period, the first on BBC Two on Boxing Day at 10.35am, and the second on CBBC on Sunday 3 January at 9.30am.
The project is backed by a range of Ambassadors, helping inspire children and the wider public with their passion for classical music. Ambassadors include violinist Nicola Benedetti, trumpeter Alison Balsom, baritone Roderick Williams and electronic band Clean Bandit.
Ten Pieces is delivered on the ground through an existing network of nearly 260 music hubs, music education services and arts organisations, working at both primary and secondary level.
Are you performing the BBC Ten Pieces? The new BBC Ten Pieces Coaching Scheme could be for you!
The BBC Orchestras and Choirs and the Ulster Orchestra are offering free coaching from our professional musicians for 11-14 year olds performing the Ten Pieces across the UK.
Who is the scheme for?
If you work with young musicians aged 11-14 years old who are playing the Ten Pieces and you think our musicians can improve their musical experience and performance skills, we want to hear from you. We are inviting expressions of interest from schools and organisations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland including Ten Pieces Champions, Music Hubs, Music Services, NI Education and Library Boards, or any other organisation working with young musicians.
What we can offer you?
This is a way to bring something new and special to your music making. Tell us what you want to achieve and our professional musicians will help you on your musical journey through the Ten Pieces repertoire. There may even be an opportunity to be involved in the Ten Pieces finale event in July 2016 for groups working with the secondary repertoire.
Please do make sure the schools you work with know about this exciting opportunity!
Visit the Ten Pieces website to find the eligibility criteria and to download the expression of interest form which needs to submitted by Friday 29th January 2016.