BBC Ten Pieces


Following the success of the pilot CPD Day held in December the BBC Symphony Orchestra are once again offering free CPD for primary school teachers focusing on using Ten Pieces with KS2/P5-7.

Taking place at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios on Monday 16 April 2018, the day is designed for primary school music teachers and specialists and will be led by members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and music leader Patrick Bailey.

Activities will include learning how to create music using the Ten Pieces resources and getting tips for conducting and performing the arrangements. Find out more about the day and how to apply on the BBC Symphony Orchestra Website

If you will be attending the Music and Drama Education Expo on the 22nd-23rd February come and say hello at the BBC Ten Pieces stand along with the BBC Bitesize team and Kerry Andrew will be doing a Fireside Chat at 1.15pm on the 22nd.  Please do keep us posted on your Ten Pieces activities by emailing

About BBC Ten Pieces

Ten Pieces is an exciting new initiative for all schools, led by BBC Learning and the BBC Performing Groups, focusing on classical music and creativity.


Ten Pieces will run over a school year. Starting in the autumn term with a week of FREE CINEMA SCREENINGS for schools across the country, the project will culminate in a major celebratory finale in the summer.


Ten Pieces aims to open up the world of classical music to children – and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to the pieces through music, dance or digital art. The repertoire includes a range of music from baroque to contemporary.


Five BBC Orchestras and the BBC Singers are involved, as well as celebrities such as Barney Harwood from Blue Peter. There will be pan- BBC coverage of the initiative with multiple screenings during school holiday times.

Stakeholder Partners include the Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Creative Scotland, Music Mark, Youth Music, ABO and Into Film.

In addition there are more than 170 Ten Pieces Champions supporting the initiative at a local level, including Music Education Hubs, Music Services and specialist music, dance and arts organisations.

To visit the primary BBC 10 pieces website click here

To visit the secondary BBC 10 pieces website click here


Essex Music Services are delighted to be a TEN Pieces Champion.

Read through blog posts written by BBC Ten Pieces Champions about how they are supporting the project. Many Champions host a variety of exciting activities and events in their areas throughout the year. Don’t forget you can get in touch with your local Champion if you want to find out more about what’s going on in your area.

The first TEN Pieces CPD Day

The first  Ten Pieces CPD Day was recently held at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios in early  December 2017. The day was designed for primary school music teachers and specialists and will be led by experienced practitioners and members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Activities included learning how to create music using the Ten Pieces resources and getting tips for conducting and performing the arrangements.

Around 50 teachers and music specialist from across the UK joined musicians and practitioners from the BBC Symphony Orchestra for sessions on composition and conducting. Numerous tips, ideas and potential opportunities were shared.


In 2017/18 the BBC Orchestras and Choirs once again offered free coaching from professional musicians for 10-18 year olds across the UK.

As part of the Ten Pieces Coaching Scheme Devon Youth Symphony Orchestra were invited to work side-by-side with musicians from the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Maida Vale. Read about their day in our brand new blog.


The Ten Pieces Coaching Scheme is for any organisation that works with young musicians aged 10-18 and thinks our musicians could improve their musical experience and performance skills. We recently invited expressions of interest from schools and organisations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland including Ten Pieces Champions, Music Hubs, Music Services, NI Education Authority, and other organisations working with young musicians.


The BBC employs over 300 musicians in its Orchestras and Choirs and a further 80 in our partner group in Northern Ireland, Ulster Orchestra. Beyond world-class performers we also have music educators, leaders and conductors with a range of skills and talent. Through this scheme our musicians will share their knowledge and expertise with aspiring young performers nationwide.