Following the success of Ten Pieces I for primary and Ten Pieces II for secondary-school children, BBC Music has today announced the launch of Ten Pieces III, for the 17/18 academic year.

Aimed at inspiring a generation of children to get creative with classical music, the Ten Pieces programme invites children aged 7-14 to develop their own creative responses to ten pieces of music. The initiative has so far reached over four million school children across the UK, sold out four BBC Proms concerts and won a BAFTA for the Ten Pieces II film.

Announced today the new list of repertoire for Ten Pieces III includes works such as Purcell’s Abdelazer Suite, Sibelius’s Finlandia and movements from Mason Bates’s Anthropology of Fantastic Zoology (full list below).

Ten Pieces III will again use ten pieces of classical music to provide a continuing programme for engagement for a wider age group. All new resources will be made available at the start of the 17/18 academic year to accompany the new repertoire and support students in their exploration of the pieces. Participants will be encouraged to use the vast resources the programme has to offer, including online support, UK-wide events, the popular coaching scheme led by the BBC’s Orchestras and Choirs and close collaboration with music and arts organisations.

Ten Pieces III Repertoire
1. Kerry Andrew No Place Like - Commission for a cappella voices
2. Mason Bates Anthology of Fantastic Zoology – Sprite; A Bao A Qu
3. Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges Symphony No. 1 in G major – Allegro (1st mvt)
4. Aaron Copland Rodeo – Hoe-Down
5. Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 9 in E minor, 'From the New World’ – Largo (2nd mvt)
6. Edward Elgar ‘Enigma’ Variations – Theme (‘Enigma’), variations 11, 6 & 7
7. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker – Waltz of the Flowers; Russian Dance
8. Carl Orff Carmina burana – ‘O fortuna’
9. Henry Purcell Abdelazer – Rondeau
10. Jean Sibelius Finlandia

Following Anna Meredith’s popular commission, Connect It for Ten Pieces I, a new work by British composer Kerry Andrew has been commissioned for Ten Pieces III, this time for vocal forces. Kerry Andrew’s special commission for a cappella voices takes inspiration from words contributed by children from across the UK about their home, giving young people the opportunity to contribute to one of the Ten Pieces for the first time.

Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, says: ‘Ten Pieces is the biggest commitment the BBC has ever made to music education in the UK and I’m so proud that it continues to inspire children to find out more about classical music. I hope that through this new and exciting list of repertoire, new online resources and the brilliant work of the BBC’s Orchestras and Choirs through our Ten Pieces Coaching Scheme, even more primary and secondary school children will benefit from this ground-breaking initiative.’

Composer Kerry Andrew says “I am honoured to have been asked to create a piece for the BBC Ten Pieces. 'No Place Like' explores the idea of what home means to young people, and includes musical moments for schools to put their own stamp on it, depending on where they live!

The lyrics were adapted from a huge amount of words sent to me by primary school children around the UK. They told me where they were from - everything from 'my mummy's tummy' to 'the Big Bang'. Their contributions were heart-warming and inspiring - a portrait of the nation through the eyes of kids. I’m really excited to imagine that children all around the country will be taking my piece and making it their own. ”

Nicola Benedetti, violinist, says “The BBC’s Ten Pieces has given children a new way in which to engage in classical music and it’s fantastic to see it continue to go from strength to strength. This is an exciting and enriching educational resource for children and teachers and I can't wait to see the responses to this new set of pieces.”

Ten Pieces is a project delivered by BBC Music and BBC Learning in conjunction with the BBC Orchestras and Choirs. Schools can find out more information on the Ten Pieces website:


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