The BBC has announced the works to be included in this year’s Ten Pieces, its music education initiative, which will include a new piece by film music composer Hans Zimmer.
Called Earth, the work by the Oscar-winning composer of film scores including those for Pirates of the Caribbean and Gladiator, will sit alongside a diverse range of repertoire including Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, Delia Derbyshire’s Doctor Who Theme, Ravi Shankar’s Symphony, Grażyna Bacewicz’s Overture, Florence Price’s Symphony No 1 and ‘Winter’ from Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’.
This year’s theme is entitled Trailblazers, the chosen pieces focusing on composers and works which have in some way changed or redefined orchestral music.
Since its launch, the scheme – which provides music teachers with the resources to help incorporate the pieces into their curriculum – has, says the BBC, engaged more than 10,000 schools and reached more than 5 million people. The ten new pieces are designed to complement the existing 30 pieces from the first three Ten Pieces seasons, with teachers being encouraged to draw on the full breadth of the growing bank of resources. The first three seasons have also culminated in BBC Proms concerts, which were all sold out.
Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, says: ‘I am incredibly proud of the success of BBC Ten Pieces. Music can change lives. The ambition to enable every school child across the UK to hear a piece of classical music is one we should all support. I am grateful to the schools, teachers and community leaders on the ground who have made Ten Pieces what it is today. I’d like to thank them for their support and I can’t wait to see what they make of our next ten pieces, all written by people who broke the mould.'
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