BBC Ten Pieces is Coming to Thurrock

The BBC Symphony Orchestra is bringing live music to the primary school pupils of Thurrock.

Led by BBC Learning and the BBC Performing Groups, Ten Pieces is an ambitious initiative for primary school pupils, which aims to open up a world of classical music to a generation of children. It launched in 2014 when the BBC announced ten pieces of classical music designed to act as a gateway to children to learn more about classical music and inspire them to use music as a stimulus for their own creativity.


The ten pieces are:


            John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
·         Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (1st movement)
·         Britten: 'Storm' Interlude from 'Peter Grimes'
·         Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King from 'Peer Gynt'
·         Handel: Zadok the Priest
·         Holst: Mars from 'The Planets'
·         Anna Meredith: Connect It
·         Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4 (3rd movement)
·         Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain
·         Stravinsky: The Firebird – suite (1911) (Finale)

Nation-wide screenings of the Ten Pieces, performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, has introduced more than 120,000 children to classical music. But there are a series of Schools Concerts taking place at 11 select venues across the country.  The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be coming to perform live to around 1,000 primary school children at the Backstage Centre in Thurrock on Wednesday 17 June.  The two concerts are being jointly promoted by the Learning and Participation team from the Royal Opera House (Purfleet) as part of their Trailblazer programme and Thurrock Music Services.

The Ten Pieces initiative will culminate in a celebration of children’s creative responses in two BBC Proms concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in July 2015.

The concerts will take place over the opening weekend of the Proms, and will will showcase the original ten pieces of music performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Thomas Søndergård, as well as a range of children’s creative responses in the form of music, dance, digital art or animation.


More information and online resources relating to the project can be found at

Posted by on February 20, 2015