England: North East 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: North East

The Customs House South Shields

  • Contact: Fiona Kelly (Cultural Development Officer)
  • Email: fiona@customshouse.co.uk

Durham Music Service

  • Contact: Shaune Eland (Assistant Head Area Manager)
  • Email: s.eland100@durhamlearning.net

Gateshead and South Tyneside Music Education Hub

  • Contact: Henry Edwards (Manager)
  • Email: henryedwards@gateshead.gov.uk

Middlesbrough Town Hall

  • Contact: Rebecca Johnson (Freelance Project Manager for Learning and Participation)
  • Email: accompany@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Music Partnership North - Newcastle

  • Contact: Georgina Biddle (Acting Head of Service)
  • Email: georgina.biddle@newcastle.gov.uk

Music Partnership North - Northumberland

  • Contact: Jacky Craig(Acting Lead Officer)
  • Email: Jacqueline.Craig@northumberland.gov.uk

Northern Chords Festival/Northern Chords Education Newcastle

  • Contact: Jonathan
  • Email: jonathan@northernchords.com

North Tyneside Music Service

  • Contact: Julie Dorr (Curriculum Support Advisor)
  • Email: julie.dorr@ntlp.org.uk

Sage Gateshead

  • Contact: Chrissie Slater (Leads Royal Northern Sinfonia’s education work)
  • Email: Chrissie.Slater@sagegateshead.com

Sunderland Music Hub

  • Contact: Rebecca Pedlow (Music Education Hub Manager)
  • Email: rebecca.pedlow@sunderland.gov.uk

Tees Valley Music Service

  • Contact: Susan Robertson (Manager)
  • Email: TVSRobertson@TVMS.org.uk