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BBC Ten Pieces to boost classical music education

We here at the Two Moors Festival do all we can to promote classical music education in the south-west through workshops in schools, and we’re always pleased to hear of other schemes designed to teach young children about this particular genre of music.

So we’re very much looking forward to watching and listening to the BBC’s Ten Pieces, a year-long initiative due to start in the autumn that includes five BBC orchestras and intends to open up the world of classical music to kids and help inspire them to come up with their own creative responses to various pieces through dance, music and digital art.

The scheme is due to launch on October 6th with a week of free cinema screenings across the UK to introduce ten classical works, played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

It has been conceived to offer support to the music curriculum, helping to teach children about composers and the art of performing – which we think is a brilliant, and perhaps much needed, development. Anything that helps introduce classical music to a greater audience is welcome in our book, so don’t forget to tune in if you can.

And to find out more about how the Two Moors Festival supports music education in the south-west, visit our website today.

The Great Instrument Amnesty

A new TV series is coming to Channel 4 this autumn, fronted by acclaimed British pianist James Rhodes, which aims to transform the way schools look at music education and give pupils at state schools the same opportunities as people in the private sector… which is sure to be of interest to those running UK classical music festivals.

Dubbed The Great Instrument Amnesty, the series will ask people across the country to donate their unused musical instruments to poorer schools, and will focus on a primary school in Basildon which is to be the first beneficiary of the project, although James hopes to roll the scheme out around the country.

Speaking to the Radio Times, James said: “Studies show music literacy improves a whole range of things for children including behavioural problems. The kids I worked with, you can see when they hold a pair of castanets the impact it has on people. We want anyone with a violin or clarinet gathering dust in their attic to donate it to children who are not being given the chance to play anything. We are hurtling into this place where the only successful musicans are Etonians and Harrovians and Oxbridge graduates and it’s not fair.”

We’re very much looking forward to autumn when the programme airs and will be watching with interest, as music education is very much at the heart of what the Two Moors Festival does.

Do you have any instruments gathering dust at home you’d like to donate?