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BBC Concert Orchestra to take over primary school for a day

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Published: 03/03/2015

Children at Emersons Green Primary School are in for a musical treat on Wednesday 4 March when members of the BBC Concert Orchestra drop by for the day.

The school beat off stiff competition regionally and nationally to be selected by the BBC as one of only twenty schools in the UK to take part in the Ten Pieces initiative. This is an exciting new initiative for primary schools, led by BBC Learning and the BBC Performing Groups, focusing on classical music and creativity.

There are more than 200 Ten Pieces Champions supporting the initiative at a local level, including the South Gloucestershire Council’s Music Education Hubs.

During the day, facilitator Rachel Leach who is one of the UK’s leading composers will work alongside members of the BBC Concert Orchestra and film maker Kwame Lestrade.

The day will start with a whole school assembly and for the rest of the day 30 children will be involved in a workshop and two groups of children will shoot, edit and make a film about the visit.

The day will end with a performance of the work created and a showing of the film.

Richard Jones, Music and Arts Strategy Manager at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “The BBC Ten Pieces is a great resource for all schools, not only to play the music but to develop a range of creative work across the arts and I know many South Gloucestershire schools are involved. The pupils at Emersons Green Primary School are going to have a fabulous day with the BBC Concert Orchestra and I am sure they are very excited about it.”

More information about the scheme is available online at

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