Ten Pieces is an exciting initiative for schools, led by BBC Learning and the BBC Performing Groups, focusing on classical music and creativity.


Ten Pieces Primary started in the autumn term of 2014 with a week of free cinema screenings for schools across the country, the project culminates in two Ten Pieces Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on 18th and 19th July 2015.

Support for Ten Pieces Primary will continue throughout academic year 2015/16 and schools that haven't already got their copy of the Ten Pieces film on DVD are encouraged to order a FREE DVD and read more about out how to get involved in the project.

Ten Pieces Secondary begins in October 2015 with free screenings of a brand new cinematic film featuring stunning footage of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra performing a new selection of orchestral music, representing a wide range of styles and eras relevant to the music curriculum.

Cinema booking for the new film will open in May 2015. Sign up to the newsletter to make sure you don't miss out on the chance to book free tickets for secondary school pupils.


Ten Pieces aims to open up the world of classical music to children – and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to the pieces through music, dance or digital art. The Ten Pieces I repertoire includes a range of music from baroque to contemporary. Ten Pieces II repertoire will be announced in May 2015.


Five BBC Orchestras and the BBC Singers are involved, as well as celebrities such as Barney Harwood from Blue Peter. There has been pan- BBC coverage of the initiative, from Children's to Radio 3.

Stakeholder Partners include the Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Creative Scotland, Music Mark, Youth Music, ABO and Into Film.

In addition there are more than 240 Ten Pieces Champions supporting the initiative at a local level, including Music Education Hubs, Music Services and specialist music, dance and arts organisations.

The project is also supported by seven classical music experts who have taken on the role of Ten Pieces Ambassadors.

Primary Timeline:

Phase 1: Inspiration

Phase 2: Exploration and creativity

October 2014 – March 2015

Children will be responding creatively to the music through their own compositions, dance or digital art/animation. A wealth of online Key Stage 2 / 2nd Level music resources is available to support children's exploration of the works – and help them develop their creative responses. Schools can link up with the Ten Pieces Champions in their area to build on the work they are doing in the classroom.

Teachers are encouraged to upload clips of their pupils' creative responses to be showcased on the Ten Pieces website and to have the chance to be part of the BBC Proms Ten Pieces concerts in July 2015.

Phase 3: Presentation and performance

April 2015 – July 2015

During the summer term, the BBC Orchestras and BBC Singers are holding interactive celebratory concerts across the country.

The Ten Pieces Champions are running many more Ten Pieces themed events nationwide.

The project will culminate in two BBC Proms Ten Pieces concerts in July 2015, which will showcase the work of children from the nations and regions, as well as the original ten pieces.

Contact the Ten Pieces team

If you have a question that is not answered in the FAQ you can contact the Ten Pieces team:

Email: tenpieces@bbc.co.uk

Phone: 0800 015 9021

Blog post from Ten Pieces Exec Producer

Printable repertoire list

Reasons to be involved

  • The project will help schools to deliver key aspects of the educational curriculum, including learning about the works of great composers, composing and performing
  • Endorsed by music and arts and education bodies
  • Opportunity to be part of an inspirational national BBC initiative
  • Access to free BBC educational resources
  • Opportunity to work in partnership with local arts and music organisations such as Music Education Hubs and Music Services, to enhance the work being done in the classroom
  • Participation will also develop children’s creativity, confidence and collaborative skills