16TH June, 2014
YOUTH MUSIC SUPPORTS NEW BBC MUSIC INITIATIVE ‘TEN PIECES’
Following the BBC Director General’s announcement today regarding its new music initiative for primary schools, ‘Ten Pieces’, the national charity Youth Music pledged its support.
Led by BBC Learning, the BBC Orchestras and the BBC Singers, Ten Pieces begins in October with a week of special screenings for schools in cinemas across the UK of an inspiring and immersive new film introducing the ten pieces of classical music.
During the autumn term, children will be asked to respond creatively to the music through their own compositions, dance, digital art or animation. The aim is to inspire a generation of children to get creative with classical music. With a range of online resources, UK-wide events and close collaboration with partners, every primary school across the UK will have the opportunity to take part.
Matt Griffiths, Executive Director, Youth Music said: “It’s great to see these ten classical pieces being used in such a creative way to provide the inspiration for other music and art forms. Anything that develops young people’s creativity and stimulates their interest in music is to be welcomed.”
Youth Music recently launched its Give a Gig fundraising campaign, encouraging music fans to raise money for the charity by donating a portion or all of the proceeds of live music events. Give a Gig encompasses live performances of all sizes, from festivals and arena tours to gigs in community halls and local pubs. Youth Music is inviting schools and classical musicians to put on gigs to raise funds for the charity. Events can be registered at www.giveagig.org.uk.
Youth Music supports over 400 music projects around the country and every year provides music-making opportunities for more than 90,000 young people living in challenging circumstances.
Schools can sign up now to take part in the BBC’s Ten Pieces project via www.bbc.co.uk/tenpieces
For more information about Youth Music visit www.youthmusic.org.uk .