BBC Music to extend their Ten Pieces scheme to secondary schools

Gramophone Wed 20th May 2015

The 10 new works include pieces by Bach, Shostakovich, Verdi and Anna Clyne

Nicola Benedetti performing with six schools from across London at the inaugural Music in Secondary Schools Trust concert earlier this month (photo Benjamin Ealovega)

Nicola Benedetti performing with six schools from across London at the inaugural Music in Secondary Schools Trust concert earlier this month (photo Benjamin Ealovega)

BBC Music is extending its Ten Pieces scheme from primary to secondary schools. Launched last year, the Ten Pieces scheme introduces school pupils to classical music through 10 specially chosen works that act as a 'spring-board for creativity, as well as a range of online resources, UK-wide events and close collaboration with music and arts organisations.'

Ten Pieces Ambassadors – including Nicola Benedetti, Alison Balsom, Cerys Matthews and Nitin Sawhney – will help to promote project in schools across the country. Nitin Sawhney said: ‘I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to act as an Ambassador for the BBC’s Ten Pieces project. Children need to challenge their imaginations and a formal education in the arts instils children with confidence and an ability to learn through intuition as well as intellect. It empowers children to understand their own identity and emotions. I hope that through my participation in this wonderful project I could somehow contribute to that journey and process.’

The Ten Pieces for secondary schools are:

Bach (orch Stokowski) Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565

Bernstein 'Mambo' from West Side Story

Bizet 'Habanera' and 'Toreador Song' from Carmen

Anna Clyne Night Ferry

Haydn Trumpet Concerto (third movement)

Gabriel Prokofiev Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra (fifth movement)

Shostakovich Symphony No 10 (second movement)

Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending

Verdi 'Dies Irae' and ‘Tuba Mirum’ from Requiem

Wagner 'Ride of the Valkyries' from Die Walküre

Below is a film which shows the story of the Ten Pieces scheme so far:

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