BBC Ten Pieces debuts on CBBC for their musical Get Creative Week

Hattie Fisk
Thursday, May 20, 2021

In partnership with BBC Bitesize Learning Zone, CBBC is screening five days of classical music programmes from 24 May for their Get Creative Week, including debut broadcasts of BBC Ten Pieces.

Designed for ages 7–14 to broaden their classical music knowledge, the week will showcase Ten Pieces projects with music spanning five different themes: Nature, Home, Around the World, Dance and Back in Time.

The Ten Pieces broadcasts will be showcasing a plethora of classical music, exploring the stories behind the artists and introducing composers such as Ravi Shankar, Hans Zimmer, Grażyna Bacewicz, Brahms and Gershwin. 

Led by BBC Learning and the BBC Orchestras and Choirs, Ten Pieces is an initiative for schools that invites children to be creative and develop their understanding of the world of classical music. The project has adapted and grown this year to reflect the needs of teachers and parents, joining forces with CBBC to broaden their reach. 

Kerry Andrew, who wrote No Place Like Home, says ‘It was an honour to be commissioned by BBC Ten Pieces, not only for my Proms debut, but in the knowledge that countless young people engaged with my piece and made their own music inspired by it. 

‘I was the composer, but the piece gathered words and ideas from children across the country and was even more rewarding for that sense of collaboration. As a scheme, BBC Ten Pieces has reached so many primary and secondary-age students and is a glittering beacon for what music education can be.’

Segun Akinola, who has worked on Doctor Who Music, says ‘The Ten Pieces project is an incredible resource that allows children and young people from any and every background to experience classical music. It’s absolutely invaluable.’

Get Creative Week schedule

Monday 24 May: Three Ten Pieces to bring us closer to nature and animals

  • Hans Zimmer: Earth  
  • Vivaldi: ‘Winter’ from ‘The Four Seasons’, Allegro non molto (1st mvt)  
  • Mason Bates: Anthology of Fantastic Zoology – Sprite; A Bao A Qu

Tuesday 25 May: Two Ten Pieces inspired by home

  • Kerry Andrew: No Place Like Home 
  • Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (excerpt)

Wednesday 26 May: Three Ten Pieces to make us think of different places around the world 

  • Ravi Shankar: Symphony finale (excerpt)  
  • Bacewicz: Overture  
  • Copeland: Hoe Down

Thursday 27 May: Two Ten Pieces to get you dancing 

  • Florence Price: Symphony No. 1 in E minor (3rd mvt) 
  • Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor

Friday 28 May: Three Ten Pieces to help us travel back in time 

  • Purcell: Abdelazer: Rondeau 
  • Derbyshire: Doctor Who theme (original theme by Ron Grainer) 
  • Orff: Carmina Burana ‘O fortuna’ 

Find out more about Ten Pieces here.