No Place Like by Kerry Andrew
No Place Like is a brand new commission written specially for Ten Pieces about home and place. The song takes inspiration from words submitted by children, giving young people the opportunity to contribute to one of the Ten Pieces for the first time.
Written for a cappella voices, which means singing with no musical accompaniment, No Place Like showcases the amazing range and power of the musical instrument all of us are born with – the voice.
The piece was created from words sent in by Ten Pieces students who completed a literacy exercise asking them to think about their home. Kerry Andrew used the words they sent in to create a longpoem which then formed the basis for No Place Like.
Listen out for: The middle section which has a wide range of overlapping sounds from everyday life – can you identify what they are? This musical collage of free flowing sounds is called a soundscape. You can have a go at creating your own soundscape of your area by listening to the sounds around you and either recording them or recreating them yourself!
Watch the introduction film at the top of the page then starting exploring the music:
Watch the full performance
Watch the full performance of the piece by the Ten Pieces Children's Choir, conducted by Grace Rossiter:
Lesson plans: Six weeks of learning and activities
Download lesson plans for six weeks of learning and activities for No Place Like, as Powerpoint presentations or PDFs.
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Primary lesson plans:
- Key Stage 2 in England and Wales
- Second Level, P5-P7 in Scotland
- Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2 in Northern Ireland
Secondary lesson plans:
- Key Stage 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
- Third and Fourth Level, S1-S3 in Scotland
Written by Rachel Leach and Kerry Andrew.
Arrangements: Sing the piece with simplified parts
Watch the full performance
About the composer
BORN: 1978 / NATIONALITY: British
Kerry Andrew is a composer, performer and writer. She was born in Britain and studied composing at York University where she completed a PhD. She is perhaps best known for her work with voice; she specialises in experimental voice and choral music, music theatre and community music. She has written massed choir pieces for 600 performers using their voices and bodies, a 'wild swimming opera', a work performed by 25 ensembles around the UK and a piece to fight for the NHS. One of her most famous works however is called The Song of Doves and was written to remember victims of the July 7 London bombings. She has won several awards including three British Composer Awards (one for Community or Educational Project in 2014). Alongside composing she sings in a vocal group called Juice who have released two albums, You are wolf - an alt-folk group, and DOLLYman – an 'anarchic jazz/ classical/ rock collective'. Kerry has even found time to write a novel which will be published in 2018.