England: West Midlands Champions

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.

There are more than 260 Champions supporting the project locally.

How you can get involved

Here you will find contacts for your local Champions who can help you get inspired.

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.

If you're an educator looking for musical CPD training, get in touch and we'll recommend a contact in your area.

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 to use Ten Pieces with your students aged 7-14.

If you would like to become a Ten Pieces Champion, please email TenPieces@bbc.co.uk for an application form.

What do Champions 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.

England: West Midlands

ABF Music, Herefordshire

  • Contact: Hannah West (Partner and music educator)
  • Email: info@abfmusic.co.uk

Arts Connect Bridge Organisation for the West Midlands

  • Contact: Rebecca Brookes (Programme Developer Education)
  • Email: r.brookes3@wlv.ac.uk

Birmingham Conservatoire

  • Contact: Richard Shrewsbury (Head of Learning and Participation)
  • Email: richard.shrewsbury@bcu.ac.uk

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

  • Contact: Jakob Grubbström (Learning Coordinator)
  • Email: jakob@bcmg.org.uk

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

  • Contact: Lucy Galliard (Director, Learning & Engagement)
  • Email: lgalliard@cbso.co.uk

Coventry Music Education Hub

  • Contact: Mark Steele (Coventry Music Lead)
  • Email: music@coventry.gov.uk

Dudley Music Education Hub

  • Contact: Chris Jones (Head of Service)
  • Email: chris.jones@dudley.gov.uk

Ex Cathedra Birmingham

  • Contact: Rebecca Ledgard (Director of Education)
  • Email: rebecca@excathedra.co.uk

Herefordshire Computing Support

  • Contact: Mark Sanderson (Senior Computing Consultant)
  • Email: msanderson@herefordshire.gov.uk

In Harmony Telford and Stoke

  • Contact: Jeremy Clay
  • Email: info@inharmonytelfordstoke.org

The OHMI Trust

  • Contact: Rachel Wolffsohn (General Manager)
  • Email: rachel@ohmi.org.uk

Orchestra of the Swan Stratford-Upon-Avon

  • Contact: Sue Pope (Learning & Participation Manager)
  • Email: education@orchestraoftheswan.org

Sandwell Music Education Hub (SIPS)

  • Contact: Tanya Derham (Senior Manager)
  • Email: Tanya.derham@sipseducation.co.uk

Services For Education (Birmingham)

  • Contact: Paul Douglas (Assistant Head of Music Service, Head of Ensembles)
  • Email: paul.douglas@servicesforeducation.co.uk

Shropshire Music Education Partnership

  • Contact: Sam Newth (Assistant Manager)
  • Email: sam.newth901@shropshiremusicservice.org.uk

Solihull Music Service

  • Contact: Richard Jones (Assistant Head of Service) – Email: Rjones2@solmus.solgrid.org.uk

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Music Education Partnership

  • Contact: Lisa Wilson (Teaching and Learning Leader)
  • Email: lisam.wilson@entrust-ed.co.uk

The Stringcredibles Birmingham

  • Contact: Cath Arlidge
  • Email: contact@thestringcredibles.com

University of Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Contact: Louise Jones (Orchestral Projects and Planning Officer)
  • Email: l.j.a.jones@bham.ac.uk

Walsall Music Education Hub

  • Contact: Deborah Whitehouse
  • Email: deb.whitehouse@walsall.gov.uk

Warwickshire Music Education Hub

  • Contact: Jeremy Dibb
  • Email: jeremydibb@warwickshire.gov.uk

Wolverhampton Music Education Hub

  • Contact: Chris Norton (Head of Music Service)
  • Email: chris.norton@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Worcestershire Music Education Hub

  • Contact: Ian Hattersley (Deputy Director of Learning, Severn Arts)
  • Email: i.hattersley@severnarts.org.uk