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.

Click here to download the Ocarina Ten Pieces Arrangements


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”


New resources for Ten Pieces III will be made available at the start of the 2017/18 academic year to accompany the new repertoire and support students in their exploration of the pieces.

Click here to register for the project and order a DVD box set of the Ten Pieces I and II films.

Here is a full list of the selected pieces so far:

 BBC Ten Pieces III

1. Kerry Andrew: No Place Like – Commission for a cappella voices
2. Mason Bates: Anthology of Fantastic Zoology – Sprite; A Bao A Qu
3. Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Symphony No. 1 in G major – Allegro (1st mvt)
4. Aaron Copland: Rodeo – Hoe-Down
5. Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, ‘From the New World’ – Largo (2nd mvt)
6. Edward Elgar: ‘Enigma’ Variations – Theme (‘Enigma’), variations 11, 6 & 7
7. Carl Orff: Carmina burana – ‘O fortuna’
8. Henry Purcell: Abdelazer – Rondeau (used as the basis for The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra)
9. Jean Sibelius: Finlandia
10. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker – Waltz of the Flowers; Russian Dance

 BBC Ten Pieces II

1. J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor
2. Bernstein: ‘Mambo’ from Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story’
3. Bizet: ‘Habanera’ and ‘Toreador Song’ from ‘Carmen Suite No. 2’
4. Anna Clyne: Night Ferry (extract)
5. Haydn: Trumpet Concerto (3rd movement)
6. Gabriel Prokofiev: Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra (5th movement)
7. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 (2nd movement)
8. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
9. Verdi: ‘Dies Irae’ and ‘Tuba Mirum’ from ‘Requiem’
10. Wagner: ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ from ‘Die Walküre’

 BBC Ten Pieces I

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.