Alton Music Matters 2016

Alton Music Matters: Young Musicians perform a selection of BBC ‘Ten Pieces’ with the Alton Concert Orchestra

Alton Concert Orchestra is performing its annual Spring Concert on Saturday 23th April, this year, with a difference!  Inspired by the BBC TEN PIECES initiative, encouraging school children to get involved in and inspired by classical music, the orchestra were successful in procuring funding to host an orchestral day for local school children from the John Lewis Partnership Music Matters Scheme.


The orchestra will be joined by around 60 secondary school pupils from Amery Hill and Eggar’s School.  These young musicians will become part of the orchestra for the day, experiencing the full impact of playing amidst 60 other musicians!

The Orchestra has been busy rehearsing, with their conductors David Budd and Christopher Gardner, a selection of music chosen by the BBC.  The music ranges from the Bernstein’s percussive Mambo! to Bizet’s sensuous Habanera.   A guest conductor, in the form of Graham Wili, will guide the orchestra on Saturday for a musical activity-filled rehearsal day culminating in a final concert for friends and family in the afternoon.  Graham is Prinicipal Conductor of the English Philharmonia orchestra and is in demand as a conductor and vocal coach both nationally and internationally.

As a regional champion for the BBC Ten Pieces, Hampshire Music Service has been supporting our venture and can offer help and advice to get you playing, whatever your age.  For more information on how to get involved with local area ensembles, please see:

Event flyer saturday 23rd april 2016

BBC TEN PIECES 2015-2016

The second year of the project builds on the success of Ten Pieces Primary – which has already engaged more than half of UK Primary Schools (over 10,000 primary schools). 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 Ten Pieces for Secondary Schools are:

  • JS Bach, orch. Stokowski – Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
  • Bernstein – ‘Mambo’ from Symphonic Dances ‘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

For more information about the BBC Ten Pieces please see the BBC website.

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