BBC Ten Pieces

    FREE: BBC 10 Pieces CPD Day with the BBC Symphony Orchestra

    For Primary classroom and instrumental teachers

    The day will cover:

    • Learn how to create new music with KS2/P5-P7 pupils using the free Ten Pieces resources
    • Get tips and tricks for conducting and performing the Ten Pieces arrangements with young players and ensembles
    • time for discussion, opportunities to ask questions and swap ideas

    Musicians from the BBC Symphony Orchestra will lead the sessions, with music leader Lincoln Abbotts and conductor Patrick Bailey.

    There is an additional opportunity to observe or participate in a creative workshops being run by the BBC Symphony Orchestra on the 2 December at Maida Vale to see the ideas and techniques you will have learnt about in action.

    the BBC by 4pm on Wednesday 1st November to request a place. Please include the following information



    School/organisation address: 

    Role (e.g. Yr 3 teacher, Music Co-ordinator, Instrumental teacher):

    How are you currently using Ten Pieces and what do you hope to get from this CPD? (max 200 words): 

    The organisers will let all those who register their interest know by Friday 3 November whether or not they have a place on the CPD Day. Support for travel costs may be able to be provided on a case by case basis. This is a pilot workshop and further CPD days may be run in other parts of the UK later in the academic year.


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    BBC Ten Pieces Uploader

    We’ve got the perfect thing to kick-start the new term – the new Ten Pieces uploader! We’ve just launched our online uploader which will allow schools to send in students' creative responses and content of their BBC Music Day Assemblies for us to showcase on our website.

    What can schools use the uploader for?

    1) Creative Responses

    Get pupils to listen to one or more of the pieces and let their imagination carry them away to produce a creative response – this can be some artwork, a poem, a dance, a new musical piece or whatever else gets them inspired. Record their work and send in pictures, audio or video through our uploader!

    2) Rehearsals/Preparations for BBC Music Day

    We’re gearing up to BBC Music Day on Thursday 15th June where schools are signing up to host a special Ten Pieces Assembly. We’ve already heard lots of exciting things about schools’ plans for the day and we’d love to start building a picture to build-up to the day. Send in any footage/images of rehearsals, posters for your assemblies and we can give people a sneak peek to get them excited about BBC Music Day!

    Similarly, if a school can’t do an assembly on 9th June and are planning to do it earlier, you can send any footage in to us in advance and we’ll showcase it on the day.

    3) The BBC Music Day Assembly

    We want schools to send in pictures, audio or videos of highlights from their BBC Music Day Assemblies – we’d love to see what they get up to on the day!

    Deadlines for uploading:

    If schools would like their activities to be showcased on the Ten Pieces website for BBC Music Day, please upload their footage by 2nd June. The deadline for sending in all activity including what they get up to at a Ten Pieces Assembly is 16th June 2017.

    You can also find a handy do’s and don’ts list here along with helpful filming tips to help schools get started. If anyone does have any questions at all about the uploader please do not hesitate to get in touch at

    We’d really appreciate if you can promote this to all of your schools/networks and keep pushing the Ten Pieces Assemblies – we’ve got over 200 schools all across the UK already signed up and it’d be great to keep them coming!

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    BBC Music Day

    BBC Music Day - Date Change

    Following news of the snap General Election on June 8th, BBC Music Day has been rescheduled to Thursday 15th June.

    BBC Radio Cumbria will be playing all local music all day. If you would like to submit tracks for consideration then please send them on CD, share them on Dropbox or email an mp3 to They also need a copy of the lyrics, the name of the writer/s and your name, contact details and a biog.

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    Take part in BBC Music Day with Ten Pieces

    Following huge success in its first two years, on 9th June 2017 BBC Music Day will celebrate the power of music; what better way to join in than through your own Ten Pieces work?

    We're looking for performances and creative responses to any of the Ten Pieces repertoire from the Ten Pieces I and Ten Pieces II phases. The Ten Pieces uploader will be open in spring 2017 and we're looking for a record number of creative responses from you all. The creative responses will then will be included in a special online collection on the Ten Pieces site on BBC Music Day. Any age group can participate and any art form can be included.

    You can also get involved in BBC Music Day by putting on your own special Ten Pieces assemblies. This is a fantastic way for schools to get involved in the UK-wide celebrations. The challenge is on to create the biggest collection of school music assemblies across the UK. Could your school or organisation perform one or more of the Ten Pieces, or a creative response to them in a special school music assembly in June 2017? Get in touch to let us know you’re interested in participating and we will keep you up to date with further details about BBC Music Day.

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    Inspire one of the next Ten Pieces

    Inspire one of the next Ten Pieces

    BBC Ten Pieces will be commissioning a new piece as part of a third set of Pieces soon to be announced - and they need your help!

    As part of this commission our composer is looking for inspirational words from young people across the UK. To take part all you need to do is complete a simple literacy exercise with the young people that you work with.

    Download the exercise worksheet and return it to by 10 February.

    Please list the responses to the questions on the worksheet - you can send separate sheets for each pupil or one sheet with a number of responses to each question on it.

    Once we have collated all responses our composer will select words and phrases to be included in the piece. We will send you a Ten Pieces certificate signed by the composer to celebrate your contribution to the piece.

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