Special Projects

Bringing people together

Cumbria Music Service – as lead organisation for the Music Hub – organises events which bring together schools and hub partners with some of the country’s leading orchestras and musicians. Here are just some of the projects we’ve delivered across Cumbria:

BBC Ten Pieces II for Secondary Schools

Following the success of Ten Pieces for Primary Schools the BBC are running a similar project for secondary schools. Cumbria Music Hub is a Ten Pieces Champion.

The BBC has a list of the Ten Pieces, resources, links to book screenings and to order the DVD. School orchestra arrangements have already been uploaded for most of the Ten Pieces II.


BBC Ten Pieces (2015)

Hub partners have been busy right across the county this year working with schools as part of the nationwide BBC Ten Pieces project:

  • Whitehaven had a special visit from the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, bringing live orchestral music to 1200 primary children.
  • Ghyllside school in Kendal was one of just 10 schools to have a Take-over day with musicians from the BBC Philharmonic.
  • Celebration Concerts around the county have brought children from different primary schools together to showcase their work.

Thank you for organising a fabulous concert. We all had a ball and it was great to take part and to see all the other representations of the 10 pieces.

Mrs Richardson, St Thomas School


Sound Struck (2015)


National Youth Jazz Orchestra Workshops (2015)

I just wanted to thank you for a fabulous evening on 26th June at the Sands Centre. It was an amazing opportunity that you created for our son Charlie in year 7 at QEGS to be a part of. I thought that Mark Armstrong was brilliant in rehearsals and on the night, very inspirational!

I would just like to say a huge thank you on behalf of my daughter to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra for running the workshop on Saturday at Queen Katherine School. My daughter, Hannah, had such a fantastic time and has come back so inspired and enthusiastic. It was a lovely opportunity

Aiming High (2013)

Manchester Camerata came to Cumbria to work with us on a specially commissioned arrangement of ‘Climb Every Mountain’ which brought together musicians from the orchestra with the Westmorland Youth Orchestra and children from local primary schools culminating in a performance at the Coronation Hall Ulverston.

Cumbrian Community Orchestra and Chorus (2013)

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Radio Cumbria worked with us on the Cumbrian Community Orchestra and Chorus project, drawing together musicians of all ages mainly from the West and Barrow in Furness areas of Cumbria. Musicians from the BBC worked with Cumbria Music Service to prepare a concert and live radio broadcast at Whitehaven Sports Centre featuring the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Community Orchestra and Chorus. Documentaries on radio and TV followed demonstrating the impact of the project upon people’s lives.

Wreck of the Titanic (2012)

The Wreck of the Titanic – a choral and instrumental work on a gigantic scale – was commissioned for a Cumbria-wide project marking the centenary of the famous shipwreck. 400 young people from CumbriaYouth Orchestra, choirs and schools worked with 30 artists to present a final concert at The Sands Centre in Carlisle to an audience of 4000. The project was part funded through a Grants for The Arts Award.