The BBC Proms has today announced that young people from secondary schools and music organisations across the UK have been invited to take part in two Proms concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, celebrating the second year of BBC Music’s classical music initiative Ten Pieces. Four groups of young people will have the chance to showcase their responses live on the world-famous Royal Albert Hall stage. The four groups from around the UK include the Able Orchestra, an evolving project based on the principle of enabling young people to create and perform music on equal terms, regardless of their physical dexterity or musical experience.
The two concerts will take place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July and will showcase the Ten Pieces II repertoire, performed live by the BBC Philharmonic and conducted by Alpesh Chauhan, who also starred in this year’s film.
A wide range of young people’s creative responses to the music - through composition, dance, digital art, animation and performance poetry – will also be shown on big screens in the hall and can be viewed on the Ten Pieces Secondary Showcase website.
The four groups performing in the Ten Pieces Proms on 23 and 24 July will be:
- Animate Orchestra from Trinity Laban, London
The 33 young musicians in Animate Orchestra will perform their instrumental response to Gabriel Prokofiev’s ‘Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra’ (5th movement). View a clip of the group’s original performance here.
- Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians (a Division of the Guildhall School), Somerset
- At the Proms, siblings Yasmine (flute) and Michael Qureshi (piano) will take centre stage alongside two BBC Philharmonic flautists to perform their composition ‘Fluto no uto’, which has been arranged for a rich orchestral backdrop by composer Gareth Glyn. View a clip of their original trio performance here.
- The Able Orchestra, featuring pupils from Fountaindale School and Outwood Academy Portland, Nottinghamshire
In this performance pupils from Fountaindale School use technology to create sounds and digital images based on Gabriel Prokofiev’s ‘Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra’, while a group of young instrumentalists from Outwood Academy Portland play music inspired by the other Ten Pieces. View a clip of the group’s original performance here.
- Wildern School, Southampton
Fourteen dancers in Years 9 and 10 are working with choreographer Denni Sayers to devise a response to Shostakovich’s ‘Symphony No. 10’ (2nd movement), to perform at the Proms alongside the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to these creative responses, Verdi’s Dies Irae will be sung by the Ten Pieces Choir, formed of secondary school children from Hampshire, London, Dudley, Bristol, Lancaster, North East Lincolnshire, Cornwall, Cockermouth, Middlesbrough and Anglesey. And three boys from Bangor Grammar School will read the letters they’ve written imagining they were on the front in World War One inspired by Vaughan Williams’ ‘The Lark Ascending’.
Ten Pieces has so far seen 3.4 million children around the UK both in Primary and Secondary schools engaging with classical music. Commissioned and produced by BBC Learning and delivered in conjunction with the BBC Performing Groups, the initiative aims to inspire a generation of children to get creative with classical music by using a selection of ten pieces of music as a spring-board for creativity, as well as a range of online resources, UK-wide events and close collaboration with music and arts organisations.
The concert on Sunday 24 July will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 2. It will also be recorded for future broadcast on CBBC and available to watch live at bbc.co.uk/proms.