BBC Inspires Classical in the Classroom

Ten Pieces campaign encourages pupils across Northern Ireland to respond to works by history's most renowned composers

Pupils of Blackwater Integrated College enjoy taking part in BBC’s Ten Pieces campaign

It’s time to get creative with classical music again as the BBC Learning campaign Ten Pieces returns with a brand new repertoire of classical works from some of the most famous – and infamous – composers in history.

This year the initiative aims to unlock the creative potential of all pupils in the Key Stage Three age group, as well as their teachers, and spark an inspired response to each of the ten classical works featured.

BBC Northern Ireland is calling upon as many schools as possible across the country to upload a video to the Ten Pieces website by May 27. This can take the form of Digital Art, Movement, Composition or Performance Poetry. Schools who upload their creative responses to the online showcase by Thursday, March 24 will also be in with the chance of attending the Ten Pieces Proms in the Royal Albert Hall.

To inspire schools BBC Northern Ireland has produced a series of videos showing what they could do with their pupils in the classroom to produce a piece of work for this online showcase. Alongside these, teachers will be able to download a booklet with exciting and engaging classroom activities showing how they can get their class working together to create something for every one of the Ten Pieces.

Each activity embraces cross-curricular learning so it isn't just for Art, Drama or Music teachers. If you teach English, History, Geography, Science, P.E. or any other subject, then there’s something for you and your class in the booklet.

Ten Pieces is part of the BBC’s renewed commitment to music which includes a series of initiatives such as support for emerging talent, digital innovations, landmark programmes and live events. Watch the videos and download the classroom activities booklet at

The ten pieces are:

  • J. S. Bach, orch. Stokowski - Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
  • Bernstein - 'Mambo' from Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
  • Bizet - 'Habanera' and 'Toreador's Song' from Carmen
  • Anna Clyne - Night Ferry (extract)
  • Haydn - Trumpet Concerto (3rd movement)
  • Gabriel Prokofiev - Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra (5th movement)
  • Shostakovich - Symphony No. 10 (2nd movement)
  • Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending
  • Verdi - 'Dies Irae' and ‘Tuba Mirum’ from Requiem
  • Wagner - 'Ride of the Valkyries' from Die Walküre