Hannah Newson Xylophone Felix Carter Mrs Van Galen Rose Fredericks Trumpet

Rehearsing for the concert performance

Since last summer students at Oathall & pupils from 6 Mid-Sussex Primary schools have been feverishly practising and rehearsing in preparation to take part in the BBC Ten Pieces performance. Ten Pieces is an exciting initiative for schools, led by BBC Learning and the BBC Performing Groups that aims to open up the world of classical music to a generation of children and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to ten pieces of music. The project culminates today with a concert at the Kings Church in Burgess Hill.

Listen here to a BBC Sussex radio interview about the project.

The project at Oathall is being led by Ensemble Reza and their partner West Sussex Music who have been working with Oathall and the primary schools preparing compositions and rehearsing the students’ interpretations of 6¬†pieces of music selected from the BBC Ten Pieces repertoire. In addition, Ensemble Reza has¬†set up a community orchestra for the project with the help of Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Lee Reynolds.

Mrs Mac Taggart, Head of Performance faculty at Oathall, said,

‘I am really excited about this project. It’s a fabulous opportunity for our students working with world class musicians and composers. The pieces are challenging and students’ skills have grown exponentially. I am so grateful to Hannah Carter for her energy in organising this project and all the other musicians for their time and enthusiasm. They are inspirational and the responses from the children have been amazing.¬†If you can’t get to the concert on the 26 November we will be performing 3 pieces from the repertoire at Oathall’s¬†Christmas Concert on 1 December.’