BBC Ten Pieces for Secondary Schools 2015/16

Ten Pieces Secondary

Get creative with classical music

Fact title Fact data
Phase 1 (October 2015):
Phase 2 (Oct – Mar 2016):
Exploration and creativity
Phase 3 (Apr – July 2016):

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) Soloist: 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 Soloist: Nicola Benedetti
Verdi – ‘Dies Irae’ and ‘Tuba Mirum’ from ‘Requiem’ Wagner – ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ from ‘Die Walkü


The 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, go to the BBC 10 pieces website and sign up for a newsletter, book free tickets for the cinema screenings in October or order a free DVD.