BBC Ten Pieces

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Request scores, videos and teaching resources and ‘get creative’ with BBC Ten Pieces projects…

As National Champions, Ocarina Workshop have produced simple and effective arrangements for Whole-class Ocarinas, suitable for Infants and Juniors, to encourage  children to listen to, play and respond creatively to some of the ten classical pieces.

Please email with your details and your school details requesting the BBC Ten Pieces arrangements and we will forward pdf and mp3 files to you by return.

We are delighted with responses from teachers – the ones below were received on Friday 6th March 2015. Players of recorder, glockenspiel and other instuments may also find these easy arrangements helpful and inspiring.

“This is completely brilliant, thank you. I am a non music specialist who has never played an instrument before. Your site, books and ocarinas have given me the confidence to teach my KS1 children to play music, including the BBC Ten Pieces themes.”

“I’ve taught your simplified Mozart Horn part to a Year 4 class and they LOVED it! We were amazed at our own success, as was the Head, who happened to be on a learning walk round the school at just the right moment!”

“My ocarina group is working on the ‘Themes from Beethoven’s 5th’ for a performance at the end of the month. I must say they are relishing the challenge. It is a club with very mixed abilities but the children love the music. Bravo Beethoven and bravo to you!”

“Many thanks for this wonderful resource – we’re going well – Grieg next term!!”

“Ocarinas have revolutionised my teaching since the Music Education Expo 2014 – Keep spreading the music”


The BBC Ten Pieces are:

1. John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
2. Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (1st movement)
3. Britten: “Storm” Interlude from Peter Grimes
4. Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt)
5. Handel: Zadok the Priest
6. Holst: Mars (from The Planets)
7. Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4 (3rd movement)
8. Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain
9. Stravinsky: The Firebird ­Suite (1911) (Finale)
10. Anna Meredith: Connect It

To listen to these, visit the BBC Ten Pieces website. And, if you haven’t done so already, request your free DVD by emailing