Ten Pieces Assemblies showcase
More than 100,000 pupils from over 500 schools have been taking part in Ten Pieces Assemblies across the UK to celebrate BBC Music Day 2017.
Thanks to all the teachers and pupils that have worked so hard to put together assemblies jam-packed with classical music and creativity. Hear BBC Director General Tony Hall give a special shout-out to schools that took part on Radio 2.
From a brand new musical and rap to poetry and artwork, we've received an amazing range of performances, responses and interpretations of the Ten Pieces music.
Take a look at the video, photos and updates we've received below and in our highlights film, and find a full list of schools that have taken part at the bottom of the page.
Brampton Primary School
At their musical assembly, pupils from Cumbria listened and responded to Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending. The children and staff then competed in a musical cracker challenge and worked together to create a tune using the different pitched whistles. Finally, Years 3 and 4 treated everyone to singing with Makaton signing. See their colourful 'Assemble for BBC Music Day' posters.
Bringhurst Primary School
Children in Leicestershire marked BBC Music Day with a range of creative responses inspired by Beethoven's Symphony No 5. Some pupils learnt to play sections, some drew pictures and some created lyrics for a new song. The lyrics were inspired by the piece's historical context and features two armies having a sing off! Watch the song and a compilation of their art and performances.
Burbage Primary School
This Wiltshire school celebrated BBC Music Day by creating and playing brand new Stravinsky-inspired pieces of music on a range of instruments. Watch rehearsals and their Ten Pieces Assembly performances.
Cardwell Primary School
Pupils in Greater London took part in a sharing assembly. Classes showed the Ten Pieces films, performed creative responses and attended a Grieg workshop. The school was also visited by BBC Concert Orchestra musicians, who gave a performance to pupils and answered questions. Listen to a Radio 3 report from the school and see pictures from the day in our assembly gallery.
Christ Church CofE (VA) Primary School
Watch a catchy Grieg-inspired rap being performed at an assembly rehearsal! The Year 5 class from Hertfordshire were inspired to get creative and make their own lyrics after listening to the composer's piece, In the Hall Of The Mountain King.
Denny Primary School
P6 pupils from Scotland marked BBC Music Day with this brilliant video with some help from rapper Kobi Onyame and BBC Scotland's L.A.B project. Using the theme 'happy' and inspiration from Bizet's 'Carmen', the budding rap stars created lyrics, a backing track and their very own music video.
East Stour Primary School
As part of their BBC Music Day celebrations, Year 4 and 5 music leaders at a school in Kent ran a workshop for their peers. They watched the Ten Pieces film and then draw patterns to create a graphic score while listening to Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor. They explored using different instruments and created two pieces of music inspired by swing and disco, using a range of effects to keep things 'spooky'!
Eastcourt Manor Music
Pupils from Kent received some special lessons this week!
Fernhurst Primary School
Children and staff at a school in West Sussex had a very busy BBC Music Day! There were movement and dance responses at their assembly, plus a performance from the orchestra and songs sung by the whole school to get everyone in the mood. During the day there were also music lessons focusing on composition and rhythm work, and a science lesson based around sound.
Frederick Bremer School
See photos from the Greater London school's day of music in our 'Assemble for BBC Music Day' gallery. Students in Year 8 and 9 spent time teaching Year 7s before a school concert took place in the afternoon.
The Gainsborough Charles Baines Community Primary School
Here's how pupils in Lincolnshire have been inspired by the Ten Pieces music:
The Hallé Orchestra
The Hallé Orchestra held a special Ten Pieces concert for BBC Music Day with local school children from New Islington and people around Hallé St Peters. The concert looked ahead to Ten Pieces III with performances of Rodeo, 'Enigma' Variations, Waltz of the Flowers and Finlandia. On BBC Music Day players from the Hallé supported the Able Orchestra, who performed with Orchestras Live at Fountaindale School in Nottingham.
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy
The Heighington Millfield Primary choir performed to the rest of the school as part of their BBC Music Day celebrations, which focused on British composers and songwriters. The choir sang several songs and the Lincolnshire school also listened to Holst's 'Mars'. Watch an extract from their assembly.
Hensingham Community Primary School
Hensingham Primary School in Cumbria celebrated their favourite music from the Ten Pieces film for BBC Music Day. They sang and shared creative responses with the rest of the school.
Students in Lincolnshire enjoyed a day full of musical activities! Events included a 'breakfast jam', opportunities to try out instruments, a lunchtime sing-along and a brass band rehearsal after school. They finished BBC Music Day with a sing-along movie night. Teachers also found clever ways of combining music with other subjects, including in history and geography. See highlights from the busy day in the assembly gallery.
Holy Family Catholic Primary School
A Reception class created an imaginative response to Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King together. The pupils from Merseyside performed body percussion, moved with streamers and played percussion instruments. Earlier in the day they watched Ten Pieces clips to help develop their movements and responses to the music. They had lots of fun!
Howbridge Church of England Junior School
Watch excerpts from an assembly in Essex. Alongside creative responses and other performances, pupils played along to the Ten Pieces music. Year 4 use Handel's Zadok the Priest, Year 5 take on Holst's 'Mars', and Year 6 tackle Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. See more responses from Howbridge in our creative showcase.
Ilfracombe Church of England Junior School
Pupils and staff in Devon celebrated BBC Music Day 2017 in unique style with a Taiko drumming marathon. The marathon lasted 7 hours and 20 minutes and involved 478 musicians! A carefully choreographed routine enabled pupils and staff to have a continuous beat of the drums resounding around the hall and gym over one and a half days. All players felt energised and exhausted by the end of a successful and collaborative event.
Ipswich High School
Students in Suffolk celebrated with a music-filled assembly:
Ivanhoe College Ashby-De-La-Zouch
Watch students from Leicestershire perform a very special rendition of Bernstein's 'Mambo' for BBC Music Day! The whole school gathered outside with staff and formed a giant kazoo orchestra of 1,000 musicians to play the piece.
Ivy Road Primary School
Pupils in the North East tried their hand at percussion for BBC Music Day:
Kingsway Primary School
This school from Greater Manchester got into the Ten Pieces spirit by watching the film:
Lochfield Primary School
Take a sneak peek at a colourful performance from primary pupils in Scotland:
Malcolm Arnold Academy
Students in Northamptonshire devoted the whole school day to musical activities, workshops and performances - here's a great picture from their dance medley.
Manston Primary School
Here's how pupils in Yorkshire worked with several pieces. Year 3 listened to Anna Clyne's Night Ferry and made a composition based on Pandora's box. Year 4 were inspired by Grieg and retold the story. Year 5 tied their work on coasts to Britten's 'Storm' and represented the sea. Year 6 have been studying hip hop and rap. They linked in Connect It by Anna Meredith and made body percussion routines.
Mayfield Primary School
This school celebrated all things musical through live performances, and the Cambridgeshire pupils even tried their hand at conducting! Year 6 led the school orchestra in Bizet's 'Toreador Song' and Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King, while the dance club performed for the first time live with the orchestra in a dance they'd choreographed. Plus the school's choir and samba band both enjoyed learning body percussion for Anna Meredith's Connect It. See pictures from the musical day.
Merllyn C.P. School
Classes in Wales got creative in a number of ways to 'Assemble for BBC Music Day'! Children designed posters and won musical prizes, salsa dancers joined in with the celebrations, and every child from Reception to Year 6 worked together to create a school collage artwork called 'Mambo', inspired by listening to Bernstein's piece.
Millbrook Combined School
Year 6 pupils from Buckinghamshire performed Holst's 'Mars' to the whole school for their Ten Pieces Assembly. The pupils had been hard at work preparing rhythms and passages from the piece. Take a sneak peek at the mixed wind, brass and percussion group in action at a rehearsal.
Moorside Primary Academy
Schoolchildren from Greater Manchester put on a Firebird-themed assembly for their big day! Over 500 students, parents and friends watched performances from Year 3, who had been practising in an after-school club. You can see more of Moorside's creative responses in this video.
Northbury Primary School
This Essex school celebrated BBC Music Day with a range of creative responses and performances. Pupils premiered their brand new musical 'Disaster Chef', which is inspired by Wagner. They also put on an exciting ocarina v keyboard battle as well as piano performances of Beethoven - watch rehearsals of the instrumental showdown and a recital.
Nottingham Girls' High Junior School
Nottingham Girls' High Junior school got together with friends from neighbouring schools for their Ten Pieces Assembly. They studied Bernstein's 'Mambo' and Stravinsky's The Firebird... and had a lot of fun doing so! Watch the pupils practise and perform the pieces.
Orchard Primary School
Young musicians from Nottinghamshire were hard at work preparing a performance for their Ten Pieces Assembly. Watch their school clarinet group rehearse a rendition of Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King.
Ormiston Six Villages Academy
Students in West Sussex have been working together to mark this year's BBC Music Day. All Year 7 classes plus GCSE Music students performed an arrangement of Holst's 'Mars'. Year 7 students have been learning how to play the violin, clarinet or cello in class music lessons, supported by West Sussex Music.
Pennine Way Junior Academy
Pennine Way Academy shared a great picture of pupils getting into the Ten Pieces spirit at their assembly:
Penwortham Girls' High School
Pupils from Lancashire celebrated BBC Music Day with the Ten Pieces repertoire:
Pinfold Street Primary School
With the help of quartet The Stringcredibles, schoolchildren in the West Midlands created their very own song inspired by Kerry Andrew's a capella composition for Ten Pieces III. Listen here:
Pupils from Greater London
Children were inspired to get creative at their home Ten Pieces Assembly after listening to John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine. See their speed-themed artwork set to musical performances on recorders.
The Radclyffe School
Students in Greater Manchester celebrated all things music with a range of live performances throughout the day:
Rockingham Primary School
Watch an assembly performance from Northamptonshire as pupils play a brand new composition based on Grieg's In the Hall Of The Mountain King. Pupils also choreographed an interpretative dance inspired by the piece - see behind the scenes at rehearsals of the dance and their composition.
Silverdale Primary Academy
Silverdale Primary Academy in Staffordshire had a great BBC Music Day! They watched the Ten Pieces films in classes, held an assembly and recorded their very own school song using Mr Cranes' 4-track player.
Smallwood Primary School
Pupils in London have been 'Assembling for BBC Music Day'! Year 5 and 6 pupils from Greater London led an assembly for the rest of the school. Each class performed their own compositions inspired by the piece of music they had been studying, and they also shared research about the composers and their music. Watch them perform their compositions based on Holst, Mussorgsky and Anna Meredith.
Southbank International School Kensington
Students in Greater London celebrated BBC Music Day 2017 at their annual music concert at Westminster Central Hall with their primary and secondary campuses. You can see and hear other work the school has been working on in this slideshow of graphic scores, artwork and their composition inspired by Anna Clyne's piece Night Ferry.
St Giles Academy
Class 5 held a drumming session at their assembly in Lincolnshire:
St Martin's School
Pupils from Dorset worked as a class for their Ten Pieces creative response. Watch their energetic body percussion performance based on Anna Meredith's Connect It.
St Mary The Virgin C.I.W. Primary School
Here's how schoolchildren in Wales got creative at their celebration:
St Thomas of Aquin's High School
Students from Scotland gave an informative speech about the benefits of music and performed Bizet's 'Habanera' as an orchestra at their Ten Pieces Assembly. Watch highlights from their BBC Music Day celebrations.
Trelales Primary School
Years 4, 5 and 6 at Trelales Primary, Wales, worked in small groups to create their own Ten Pieces-inspired compositions. Inspired by Holst, Britten and Mussorgsky, Year 6 composed a piece to describe planets, Year 5 children created music to describe extreme weather/events, and Year 4 made music to reflect differing moods. You can view pictures from the event in our assembly gallery.
Trellech C.P. School
Here's a taster of musical celebrations from Trellech Primary in Wales - sounds like fun!
Victoria Junior School
See pictures from an assembly in Cumbria in our gallery. Victoria Junior School's glockenspiel group played a version of Grieg's In the Hall Of The Mountain King and pupils also listened to and watched Anna Meredith's Connect It. The whole school, children and staff, enjoyed the presentation!
Warren Hills Community Primary School
Pupils from Leicestershire transformed the Ten Pieces music into beautiful paintings to celebrate BBC Music Day:
Watch a compilation of performances from Wildern School. Students and staff joined local members of the community in Hampshire to take part in a range of musical activities. They incorporated Ten Pieces films to form the focus for a week of art and poetry.
Woolaston Primary School
John Adam's piece from the Ten Pieces I film was shown in Gloucestershire to celebrate the musical day.
Yardley Gobion Church of England Primary School
Inspired by Stravinsky's The Firebird, Northamptonshire pupils showed off their cross-curricular work to the rest of the children in the school and to parents at their assembly. The children were dressed in the Firebird colours of orange, red and yellow. See pictures from their colourful Firebird assembly in our gallery.