Learning Projects

Find out more about recent learning projects

BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales takes music beyond the confines of the concert hall into schools, workplaces and communities.

The aim of the Education and Community Outreach work is to offer people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities unique opportunities to develop musical skills. The programme is delivered through a series of activities involving groups of musicians as well as the whole Orchestra, with projects designed to offer creative opportunities to meet and work alongside professional musicians.

Projects

Across the past six years, BBC NOW has presented a series of ground-breaking projects. Highlights include:

  • BBC NOW developed a DVD resource in 2011, designed to aid the teaching of the National Curriculum to pupils with special educational needs, in schools across Wales.
  • The Orchestra presented six concerts in 2012/13, to reach Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing adults and children. The project used British Sign Language interpretation, speech-to-text relay and vibrating sound boxes to increase accessibility. There were also opportunities for audience members to sit alongside the players and touch the musical instruments to literally feel the music.
  • The Orchestra and Chorus played a central role in the 2014 launch of one of the most ambitious music learning projects ever, BBC Music’s Ten Pieces. Encouraging children to get creative with classical music, it culminated in two BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and BBC NOW appeared in a Ten Pieces film which was received by around 8,000 schools. Since the project launched, it has reached over four million children across the UK, with BBC NOW touring the music of BBC Ten Pieces to schools and special schools across Wales.
  • In October 2015, BBC NOW took its learning work overseas for the first time as part of an ambitious three-week tour of South America. This included a ground-breaking community residency to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Y Wladfa, the Welsh settlement in Patagonia, culminating with two gala concerts in a specially converted wool warehouse.
  • As part of a tour to North Wales in November 2016, BBC NOW performed a concert to 55 schools and special schools from the local area. The Orchestra also delivered a bespoke workshop on Anglesey, to a club for families with an individual who has a disability.
  • In March 2017, BBC NOW in partnership with British Council Wales, ERW (Education through Regional Working) and University of Wales Trinity Saint David, launched a project called Listening to Language/ Cerdd Iaith, which aimed to encourage language learning using music as a resource. Musicians from the orchestra alongside language specialists worked with teachers to develop creative approaches to learning Welsh, Spanish and English.
  • In July 2017, BBC NOW performed the first Relaxed Prom at the Royal Albert Hall

Tickets for Schools

We offer secondary schools the opportunity to apply for free pupil and staff tickets for BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales concerts.

I took my year 5 class along to see BBC NOW in BBC Ten Pieces I [2015]. They were so awesomely inspired by it; in just one year we launched our first school orchestra.
Teacher at Gaer Primary School

Applications open at the beginning of each of the Orchestra's seasons:

  • Autumn season Applications open in September for concerts in September-January
  • Spring season Applications open in December for concerts in February-June

Tickets are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so early booking is recommended. Request a booking form by email or call the Audience Line on 0800 052 1812.

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