Music Service Celebrates BBC 10 Pieces in style!

The Music Service’s celebrations of the BBC 10 Pieces was a stunning event involving the county Senior Ensembles together with musicians from three B&NES Primary schools.

The performance on 10th May in Bath’s Pavillion included performances of and reactions to all of the 10 pieces. Highlights included three performances of responses to ‘Connect it’ by Farmborough School, St Andrews Primary and Newbridge Primary.  All gave energetic performances of body percussion pieces inspired by Anna Meradith’s piece.

Further primary school performances were interspersed with performances by the Schools’ Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO), Senior Wind Band (SWB) and the county choir Cantilena. St Andrew’s school orchestra enjoyed the opportunity to join the senior musicians to perform a version of ‘A Night on The Bare Mountain’ and all primary groups joined the senior massed ensembles to sing the rousing chorus from Zadoc the Priest.

Michael Arnold, professional french horn player and  past member of the county ensembles performed Mozart’s Horn Concerto and explained to the audience how he had been inspired at an early age to learn a brass instrument and join the county ensembles to reach his goal of becoming a professional player.

The concert also included the announcement of an art competition with entries from primary children who’s works had been inspired by the rousing music of Peter Grimes. The competition was judged by prominent local artist Marian Hill, who chose a dark and sinister picture entered by Newbridge School.

The music service looks forward to more exciting celebrations of the new set of Ten Pieces for senior schools in 2016.