We are the Champions
There are more than 260 Champions supporting the project locally
If you're an educator working with students aged between 7-14 and want to get started working with the Ten Pieces then look no further. Here you will find contacts for your local Champions who can help you get inspired.
The Champions include music education hubs, music services, orchestras, music, dance and arts organisations.
If you're a teacher and educator looking for musical CPD training, get in touch and we'll recommend a contact in your area.
What is a Champion?
Ten Pieces Champions are Music Education Hubs, Music Services, orchestras, film, dance and other arts organisations from across the UK working in collaboration with the BBC to introduce classical music to the next generation. They have signed up to Champion the project and work together on delivering music and arts education to every young person throughout the nations and regions.
What do they do?
Champions work in schools and local communities to build on the children’s interest and excitement stimulated by the introductory Ten Pieces film. Many music and arts organisations have been introducing Ten Pieces into their educational activities and supporting schools to get creative with classical music. Here’s how the Champions support the project:
• Facilitate special free screenings of the spectacular Ten Pieces film in art venues (free DVD and screening form available on request)
• Train teachers how to develop creative and composition work
• Create music-making workshops for schools inspired by one or all of the Ten Pieces
• Use the repertoire as a stimulus for whole class instrument tuition and singing sessions
• Make Ten Pieces the focus of ensemble work (vocal and orchestral)
• Work with school orchestras to perform Ten Pieces concerts and introducing children to orchestral instruments
• Link Local art, film and dance organisations with schools to create a Ten Pieces themed project or event
• Organise amateur and professional orchestra concerts featuring Ten Pieces to provide a live experience for children
You can also find out more about some of the events and activities Champions are hosting by reading the Champions Blog.
I’m a school - how can I get involved?
Specialist and non-specialist teachers alike can get involved as there are a wide variety of Champions all over the UK ready and waiting to support the work that you do in and out of the classroom. We're delighted to have so many organisations coming up with great ideas to motivate young people using the two selections of ten pieces of classical music with your students aged 7-11 or 10-14.
Find your nearest Champion
Here are the Ten Pieces Champions from across the UK:
National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain (NCO) - Contact: Catherine Arlidge (Artistic Director) - Email: email@example.com
Kircaldy Orchestral Society, Fife's Community Orchestra - Contact: Graeme Wilson (Music Director and Conductor) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shetland Community Orchestra - Contact: Sioban Tekcan (School/Orchestra liaison) - Email: email@example.com
Wrexham Music Service - Contact: Dave Thomas (Head of Service) - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
England: North East
Gateshead and South Tyneside Music Education Hub - Contact: Henry Edwards (Manager) - Email: email@example.com
Northern Chords Festival/Northern Chords Education, Newcastle - Contact: Jonathan - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
England: North West
QLP Partners, Cheshire West and Chester - Contact: Cate Madden (Deputy Director of Music Service, Primary Music Adviser) - Email: Cate.Madden@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
St. Helens Council Arts Service - Contact: Jeremy Sleith (Head of Service) - Email: email@example.com
The British & International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech - Contact: Claire Lloyd (General Manager) - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
England: Yorkshire and the Humber
Boroughbridge, Easingwold, Ripon and Thirsk Music Network - Contact: Jessica Hayne (Coordinator) - Email: PrimaryMusicNetwork@cuthberts.org.uk
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Children and Young People's Services - Contact: Fiona Radford (SES Business Manager) - Email: email@example.com
Wakefield Music Service - Contact: Phil Needham (Principal) - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
England: East Midlands
England: West Midlands
ABF Music, Herefordshire - Contact: Hannah West (Partner and music educator) - Email: email@example.com
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group - Contact: Jakob Grubbström (Learning Coordinator) - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Music Education Partnership - Contact: Lisa Wilson (Teaching and Learning Leader) - Email: email@example.com
England: East of England
Cambridgeshire County Council (Cambridgeshire Music) - Contact: Lin Hetherington (Programme Manager for Music Hub) - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES) - Contact: Karen Brock (Head of Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service) - Email: Thames.email@example.com
England: South East
Kent Music regional contacts:
Dartford, Swale and Gravesham – Contact: Lucy Duff (Area Leader) – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone and Sevenoaks – Contact: Ellen Reynolds (Area Leader) – Email: email@example.com
Dover, Shepway and Ashford - Contact: Mark Mortimer (Area Leader) – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canterbury, Thanet and Tonbridge and Malling – Contact: Mark Smith (Area Leader) – Email: email@example.com
Musicate - The Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Slough Music Education Hub Alliance - Contact: Glyn Murphy (Curriculum Manager) - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
England: South West
Community Lynx, Okehampton - Contact: Heather Parks (Business Support) - Email: email@example.com
Swindon Music Education Partnership 'Make Music Swindon' - Contact: Dougall Prophet (Assistant Delivery Manager) Email: DProphet@swindon.gov.uk
Interested in becoming a Champion? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Pickett, Education Director, HALLÉ Orchestra
"The Hallé very much values its role as a Ten Pieces Champion. For us this whole project has been simply magnificent. We’ve had over 18,000 pupils play ‘Mambo’ with us and in our creative programme, many hundreds of Greater Manchester school children have had the opportunity to create their own versions of BBC Ten Pieces repertoire working alongside our musicians and other associated arts practitioners."
Jane Humberstone, Curriculum Development Manager, East Sussex Music
"BBC Ten Pieces has enabled East Sussex Music Education Hub to reach out to schools, children and parents in new and innovative ways. It's been easy to embed in our professional development training, workshops for children and our concerts. Engaging people with classical music changes aspirations. Having the BBC back up our aims has enabled us to have a real impact on the lives of children from challenging circumstances, it's touched their parents and inspired their teachers."
Dave Lowe, Head of Music, Manor CE Academy, York
"It has been a real privilege to be involved with Ten Pieces Champion NCEM this year. Our 'Musical Inventions' project significantly enhanced the musical learning of our Year 9 GCSE Music students. The initiative has inspired every one of our students, no matter their musical or academic ability, to immerse themselves fully in exploring and developing great new music. As a result of this collaboration the outcomes were stunning and the experience has inspired these young people to invest even more time in their musical development."