The BBC has announced a major music education initiative which will give every primary school in the country an opportunity to participate. The project, Ten Pieces, ‘aims to inspire a generation of children to get creative with classical music’.
A film introducing ten pieces of music will have a week of screenings in cinemas across the UK starting in October, then during the autumn term children will be asked to respond creatively to the music through their own compositions, dance, digital art or animation.
The ten pieces are John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine; the first movement of Beethoven’s fifth symphony; the Storm Interlude from Peter Grimes; In the Hall of the Mountain King; Zadok the Priest; ‘Mars’ from The Planets; Anna Meredith’s Connect It; the third movement of Mozart’s Horn Concerto No 4; A Night on the Bare Mountain and the finale of the Firebird suite.
The pieces are performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and were shot on location in an aircraft hangar outside Cardiff.
Six musicians have signed up to be ambassadors of the project: Alison Balsom, Nicola Benedetti, Catrin Finch, Julian Joseph, Cerys Matthews and Laura Mvula.
Announcing the scheme of 16 June, Roger Wright, outgoing controller of Radio 3 and director of the Proms, said: ‘Ten Pieces marks the biggest commitment the BBC has ever made to music education in the country and it’s a great example of the kind of ground-breaking initiative we can achieve through harnessing the knowledge and passion of the musicians, learning teams and classical music experts across the BBC. We hope that the project will inspire a generation of children to learn more about classical music.’
Schools can sign up now to take part in the project at www.bbc.co.uk/tenpieces