Get creative with classical music

Building on the success of BBC Music’s Ten Pieces for Primary, which has already engaged more than half of UK primary schools, the BBC is extending the ground-breaking initiative to secondary schools. The aim is to open up the world of classical music to children aged 11 and above, inspiring them to respond creatively to the repertoire.

An inspirational new cinematic film will feature stunning footage of the BBC Philharmonic performing a new selection of orchestral music, representing a wide range of styles and eras relevant to the music curriculum. Each piece will be introduced by celebrity presenters known to the age group, using an engaging mix of live action and animation.

The repertoire:

J. S. Bach, orch. Stokowski – Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565

Bernstein – ‘Mambo’ from Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story’

Bizet – ‘Habanera’ and ‘Toreador Song’ from ‘Carmen’

Anna Clyne – Night Ferry

Haydn – Trumpet Concerto (3rd movement)
 Alison Balsom

Gabriel Prokofiev – Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra (5th mvnt)
Soloist: DJ Mr Switch

Shostakovich – Symphony No. 10 (2nd movement)

Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending
 Nicola Benedetti

Verdi – ‘Dies Irae’ and ‘Tuba Mirum’ from ‘Requiem’

Wagner – ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ from ‘Die Walküre’