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BBC Ten Pieces announce details of new Secondary phase

20th May 2015

Building on the success of BBC Music’s Ten Pieces for Primary, which has already engaged more than half of UK primary schools, the BBC is extending the ground-breaking initiative to secondary schools. The aim is to open up the world of classical music to children aged 11 and above, inspiring them to respond creatively to the repertoire.

An inspirational new cinematic film will feature stunning footage of the BBC Philharmonic performing a new selection of orchestral music, representing a wide range of styles and eras relevant to the music curriculum. Each piece will be introduced by celebrity presenters known to the age group, using an engaging mix of live action and animation.

The repertoire:

J. S. Bach, orch. Stokowski – Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565

Bernstein – ‘Mambo’ from ‘West Side Story’

Bizet – ‘Habanera’ and ‘Toreador Song’ from ‘Carmen’

Anna Clyne – Night Ferry

Haydn – Trumpet Concerto (3rd movement)
 Alison Balsom

Gabriel Prokofiev – Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra (5th mvnt)
Soloist: DJ Mr Switch

Shostakovich – Symphony No. 10 (2nd movement)

Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending
 Nicola Benedetti

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

Wagner – ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ from ‘Die Walküre’

Download a printable version of the repertoire list.


Ten Pieces Ambassadors will continue to work with the project across the country – violinist Nicola Benedetti, trumpeter Alison Balsom, jazz pianist Julian Joseph, singer and BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Cerys Matthews, harpist Catrin Finch, and BBC Radio 3 presenter Suzy Klein. New Ambassadors joining the project for secondary schools will include cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, 19 year old Co-Principal Trombonist of the London Symphony Orchestra and former BBC Young Musician Peter Moore, electronic band Clean Bandit, and musician, producer and composer Nitin Sawhney.

Next steps:

If you are a secondary school teacher, there are 3 simple things you need to do to get involved:

Sign up for the newsletter to keep up-to-date with all Ten Pieces information

Book FREE cinema tickets for secondary pupils at your local screening of Ten Pieces II – screenings are taking place around the UK during the week of 5th October 2015

Order a FREE DVD for your secondary school of Ten Pieces II – DVDs will be distributed from 5th October 2015 to UK secondary schools

Read more on the BBC website