Classical concerts to inspire pupils

The BBC Concert Orchestra is pictured at Great Yarmouth last year.  Photo by Pete Huggins
The BBC Concert Orchestra is pictured at Great Yarmouth last year. Photo by Pete Huggins
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Special guests in Lynn next week will be talented musicians from the BBC Concert Orchestra, who will be performing in three schools’ concerts at the Corn Exchange on Wednesday and Thursday.

They will be reaching hundreds of local primary school children as part of BBC Music’s Ten Pieces project, bringing classical music to a new generation of children.

These are part of a series of concerts right across the UK designed to give children the chance to experience the music from the project live, and to join in with the music making.

The Lynn concerts will feature performances of the ten pieces by the BBC Concert Orchestra, including opportunities for the pupils to join in with a performance of Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Anna Meredith’s Connect It, a new piece written specially for the project.

There is one concert on Wednesday morning and then two concerts on Thursday.

The BBC Concert Orchestra has a long association with Lynn, having featured in the King’s Lynn Festival, and of course, can be regularly heard on BBC Radio 2 in Friday Night is Music Night.

Ten Pieces is an ambitious initiative for primary school pupils, which aims to open up a world of classical music to a generation of children.

Launched in 2014, the BBC announced 10 pieces of classical music designed to act as a gateway to children to learn more about classical music and inspire them to use music as a stimulus for their own creativity.

Last October, there were nationwide cinema screenings for more than 120,000 children of an immersive film introducing the 10 pieces of music, performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, springing children into their exploration of classical music – and starting a year-long series of activities right across the country.

The project has backing from seven Ambassadors, helping to inspire children and the wider public 
with their passion for classical music: Alison Balsom, 
Nicola Benedetti, Catrin Finch, Julian Joseph, Cerys Matthews, Suzy Klein and Laura Mvula.