The Incorporated Society of Musicians becomes a Stakeholder for BBC Ten Pieces

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has become a Stakeholder for BBC Music’s Ten Pieces initiative, as both the professional body for musicians and a subject association for music educators, to support this life changing programme.

Ten Pieces – commissioned and produced by BBC Learning and delivered in conjunction with the BBC Performing Groups – has been created to introduce a generation of children to the world of classical music through ten inspirational pieces of music. Now extended to secondary schools, the initiative supports the teaching of music and acts as a catalyst for musical and digital learning and will stimulate creativity in children. As well as using a selection of ten pieces of music, there will be UK-wide events and close collaboration with music and arts organisations, including the ISM. The second year of the project builds on the success of Ten Pieces Primary which engaged more than half of UK Primary Schools (over 10,000 primary schools).

As a stakeholder, the ISM will promote the project through its extensive network of members, whether they be individuals or establishments such as Conservatoires, specialist schools and educational relationships. The ISM has a track record in delivery world-class music education support, having worked with the TES, Department for Education (DfE) and National Association for Head Teachers (NAHT) on the successful introduction of the new national curriculum and sitting on the Expert Subject Advisory Group for the new curriculum. The ISM will join existing Stakeholder Partners including Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, Creative Scotland and the Association of British Orchestras.

Caroline Roberts-Cherry, Executive Producer of Ten Pieces said:

'We are delighted that ISM are now part of the Ten Pieces family of stakeholders who are committed to using classical music to inspire today’s school children. As we enter the second year of Ten Pieces and extend the initiative to secondary schools, it is wonderful to see our broad range of stakeholders continue to grow and deepen our collaborations across the UK.'

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians said:

'We are delighted to be supporting the exciting secondary stage of the Ten Pieces project as both the professional body for musicians and subject association for music education.
‘This transformational education initiative, led by the BBC, is a wonderful opportunity for many young people, schools, teachers and musicians to engage with an even wider range of music and creativity in schools.
‘We look forward to supporting the programme, offering musical and educational guidance and promoting the Ten Pieces project through our extensive membership of professional musicians and teachers as well as our wider networks.'

About Ten Pieces

BBC Music’s Ten Pieces is 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. Ten Pieces Secondary is delivered on the ground through an existing network of more than 240 music hubs, music education services and arts organisations that are already involved with Ten Pieces. These organisations will continue to support the initiative at a local level, extending their activities to secondary schools.

The Ten Pieces for Secondary Schools are:

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

About the ISM

The ISM is the professional body for those working in the music profession. We promote music and look after the interests of professional musicians.

Our membership of approximately 7,000 covers both individual musicians and corporate bodies. Individual members include leading conductors, featured and non-featured artists, orchestral musicians working in all of the UK’s leading orchestras, composers, animateurs and arrangers.

Our corporate membership of over 160 music organisations includes Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Leeds College of Music, Rhinegold Publishing, Luton Music Service, Make Music Swindon, Bristol Plays Music, Derbyshire City & County Music Partnership, Guernsey Schools Music Service, Cork School of Music, South West Music School, Wiltshire Music Service, Barnet Education Arts Trust, North East of Scotland Music School, Sandwell Music and Arts Service, Bromley Youth Music Trust, Gallions Primary School, Brighton and Hove Music and Arts, Tri-borough Music Hub, Thameside Schools Music Association, Southampton Schools Music Association, East Sussex Music Service, Centre for Young Musicians, National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Music in Secondary Schools – The Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme, Colchester Institute Centre for Music & Performing Arts, Drums for Schools and more.

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