Inspiration for Champions
We're delighted that so many Champion organisations have embraced the project and are coming up with great ideas to motivate young people using the Ten Pieces of classical music.
In case you're still looking for inspiration, here are some ideas from Champions around the country.
The majority of Champions are planning summer showcase concerts using some or even all of the ten pieces. Many are incorporating some of the repertoire into their Wider Opportunity schemes. And some Champions and schools are planning to use the project to work towards an Arts Award qualification.
|ATLAS (Isle of Skye)||Have made great strides with the project: they're thrilled to be working with the Edinburgh-based artist David Lemm on a creative response to Ten Pieces|
|The Rig (London)||The team have finished their Ten Pieces tour and have written a blog and made a film about it. They have even made some fantastic 'How to...' video guides. And hot off the press, the Rig have just received confirmation of a grant from Arts Council England to work on the BBC Ten Pieces project.|
|Primary Music Network (N. Yorkshire)||Has been created by Jess Hayne to deliver Ten Pieces activities to around 40 primary schools in rural North Yorkshire. Jess has been successful in securing an Arts Council England grant for her work with Ten Pieces in 2015.|
|Promusic London||Are delivering digital music production workshops in schools across the capital, teaching students how to remix the Ten Pieces using technology.|
|Camden Music Service||Have been working with the Stella String Quartet and nine of their Wider Ops string classes to create compositions for string quartet based on Holst's 'Mars'. All the children's individual compositions are available to listen to on the music service website.|
|Berkshire Maestros||Launched an offer to schools which includes a Key Stage 2 music specialist visiting schools by arrangement to work with a class for an hour on one of the Ten Pieces. They are targeting primary schools with no music education expertise. It will be an ongoing offer over the remainder of the year. Lots of other activities are also happening for example, in Bracknell the Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra are including the Mozart Horn Concerto No. 4 in their next concert and will make some tickets available to pupils.|
|Leeds College of Music||Final year undergraduates from the conservatoire's Community Music module will carry out group composition workshops at schools with KS2 classes in Spring 2015, helping children to create their own brand new piece of music. Children will have seen the BBC Ten Pieces film, and sessions will allow them to explore whichever elements of it captured their imaginations.|
|Suffolk Music Education Hub||The Bury St Edmunds Schools Partnership have begun work on a creative composition and performance project, based on the Ten Pieces, with King Edward VI Upper School in Bury St Edmunds and the Suffolk Music Education Hub leading the project. This will culminate in a performance and workshop day when approximately 500 pupils will play original compositions, their version of ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ and sing together in The Apex, Bury St Edmunds in March.|
|Bristol Plays Music||Developing innovative and creative ways of working with Ten Pieces for schools around their city. These include a one day orchestra workshop for children that will lead to a final mini concert for parents; using iPads to produce remixes of the Ten Pieces and a flashmob body percussion sequence. Inspired by Anna Meredith's Connect It, they hope to perform the flashmob sequence in the city's Millennium Square.|
|Resonate Music Education Hub (Liverpool)||Working with primary schools that have seen the Ten Pieces film and used the additional teaching resources on the Ten Pieces site. One of the schools, St Michael in the Hamlet, adopted one piece per year group and have been using their assigned piece as inspiration for creating their own original compositions. The hub's resident Resonate Rock Band, made up of 9-16 years olds, has also been busy working on a rock version of Grieg's In The Hall Of The Mountain King!|
|Hull Music Service||With the Music Service's City of Hull Youth Symphony Orchestra performed two 'Inspire' concerts attended by more than 1,200 primary school children. The orchestra performed six of the Ten Pieces with an animateur presenting each piece and involving the school pupils in creative work based on Mars and also Night on a Bare Mountain.|
|The Met (Greater Manchester)||Screening the Ten Pieces film at their theatre on Market Street, Bury, BL9 0BW in the New Year. Primary schools in the Greater Manchester area are invited to attend the free screenings, contact the venue if you want to book a place for your primary school.|
|Tameside MBC||Arranged for groups of musicians to perform live in the cinema foyer when schools arrived at the cinema screening. Also using the Ten Pieces as part of their ‘Whole Class Ensemble Teaching and Curriculum’ music lessons throughout the exploration stage, so that children can engage in a meaningful way, through both listening and appraising, composing and performing.|
|Young Musicians Hebrides||Hoping to create their own special screenings for schools in remote areas and create links with musicians and tutors as well as dance and art/graphics tutors to make sure their children get the best creative experience. Their schools are very scattered but they are planning to draw together ensembles of students in their Outreach Centres. They will work with schools to offer creative opportunities to the whole school (average 35 students per school).|
|York Arts Education||Working with many organisations in their region including the National Centre for Early Music which will initiate a creative response to the Ten Pieces as part of the University of York Festival of Ideas June 2015. York Music Hub Festival at the Barbican York in May/June will feature children's responses to Ten Pieces. The York Guildhall Orchestra is offering 500 free tickets to young people for 2014-15 concert series. The University of York Orchestra will encourage children to attend open rehearsals and York Arts Education are also planning to feature children's creative responses on the York Music Hub website.|
|Westminster Music Library||Creating a Ten Pieces corner with resources and books about the composers. The library has full scores, full orchestral sets, chamber arrangements and piano reductions all available for loan or hire. Contact the library to find out more.|
|Kidenza||Will be touring schools throughout Kent and East Sussex with their professional chamber orchestra using secondary schools as venues. They're hoping to reach over 50,000 primary school children with these concerts.|
|Cambridgeshire Music||Planning a large scale weekend workshop for area based bands and orchestras assisted by county players. Coached by Grand Union Orchestra tutors and Cambridgeshire Music tutors, versions of the Ten Pieces will be rehearsed. The young musicians will build on the 'essence' of several pieces to create a response influenced by music from around the world in order to compliment the predominantly Western European style. Their 'Alternative Ten Pieces' will feature in a concert alongside excerpts from the original Ten Pieces, demonstrating the links between the works.|
|Forest Philharmonic Orchestra||Working with the Waltham Forest Music Service, The Mill Community Centre and the Waltham Forest Art Trail, and hope to extend the local links through the Ten Pieces project. There will be a big celebratory concert next summer, as it is Forest Philharmonic’s 50th anniversary season. They are performing The Planets in their April 2015 concert, and will share children's creative responses at the performance.|
|The Sixteen||Devising a programme called 'Kings and Queens: past, present and future.' This will feature music composed or used for royal occasions (including Zadok the Priest). They will look at important historic events and how composers create new works on commission. They'll also involve their Genesis Sixteen young artist choir, four Sixteen singers and a small group of continuo instruments.|
|South Yorkshire hubs of Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley||Collaborating on their plans for Ten Pieces. They are working with Music in the Round to organise a course for teachers on music composition in the classroom. Schools concerts will be held in Rotherham in the summer and in March a joint hub concert with a local choral society will perform Zadok the Priest to the public.They are also investigating the possibility of holding a large scale event at the Doncaster Dome in June. They're thinking of using the atrium area to display art and creative responses and a main performance based around the 10 pieces, with regional youth orchestras and bands playing. And as if that wasn't enough, the region's Children's Festival will be built around the ten pieces in June.|
|Caerphilly Music Service||Working with one very enthusiastic Head of Music (at Lewis School Pengam in S. Wales) who has worked the project into a transition event between a feeder primary and a high school. The teacher is also planning to use the project to complete the 'Music in the Community' module of the BTEC Level 3 Music course whereby the 16/17 year olds will facilitate workshops with primary school pupils.|
|Cornwall Music Education Hub||Holding a Ten Pieces music festival next summer and inviting schools to perform their responses to the ten pieces and like many other Champions, they will be running Ten Pieces training sessions at their Music Hub conference.|
|Devon Music Hub||Planning to invite schools to share their cross curricular creative responses featuring original composition and improvisation as part of a summertime celebration performance. The celebration will include a collaborative performance with around 300 participants.|
|South Gloucestershire Music Hub||Dedicating a fortnight to each piece and asking schools to play a recording of the piece of the fortnight to accompany children going in and out of assemblies. They will also be encouraging their instrumental teachers to incorporate music from the featured composers in their normal teaching and offering twilight training sessions for teachers.|
|Newham Music Trust||Have launched a Ten Pieces Competition! Pupils and teachers in all Newham Primary Schools are being encouraged to submit their creative responses to the trust and there are top prizes on offer. There are four categories to enter: artwork, dance routines, stories/poems or musical responses to the Ten Pieces.|
|North Somerset Music Service||The staff band will be including some of the Ten Pieces repertoire in their performances for schools.|
|North Tyneside Music Service||Capturing video snapshots of children in the process of responding creatively in schools and showcasing on big screens.|
|Rochdale Music Service||Offering open rehearsals where children can come and either listen and/or join in with the Music Service ensembles using arrangements of some of the Ten Pieces.|
|Taliesin Arts Centre||Inviting primary schools to work with a choroegrapher over a term to create a piece of dance as their reponse to one of the pieces of music which will be performed on the Arts Centre stage.|
|Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service||Running a practical workshop session for teachers at their annual conference in November.|
|Cambridgeshire Music||Planning a large scale weekend workshop for area based bands and orchestras assisted by county players. Coached by Grand Union Orchestra tutors and Cambridgeshire Music tutors, versions of the Ten Pieces will be rehearsed. The young musicians will then build on the 'essence' of several pieces to create a response influenced by music from around the world in order to compliment the predominantly Western European style. Their 'Alternative Ten Pieces' will feature in a concert alongside excerpts from the original Ten Pieces, demonstrating the links between the works.|
|North Lincolnshire Music Education Hub||Holding an inspiration day on the Ten Pieces theme for teachers. Teachers will then deliver their own ideas supported by hub staff.|
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