Members of the BBC Concert Orchestra joined forces with pupils from six Wolverhampton Music School ensembles at a special event last week.
Together, they worked on pieces by Bizet, Tchaikovsky and Purcell before turning Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra into a new piece, Wolverhampton’s Guide to the Orchestra.
The new composition referenced the history of Wolverhampton from its beginnings as a bustling market town and through the industrial age to its current city status.
A showcase at Light House Media Centre followed, at which the BBC Concert Orchestra and the young people performed all four pieces before an audience of family and friends. Video clips are available to watch on Wolverhampton Music Service’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Wolverhamptonmusicservice.
Sarah Fletcher, Assistant Headteacher of Wolverhampton Music Service, said: "It was a superb venue to play in and the children were thrilled and excited by the opportunity to meet others in such a wonderful setting, coming together to make an amazing sound inspired by the Music Service teachers and BBC musicians."
The visit came about after Wolverhampton Music Service was successful in a bid to the BBC's Ten Pieces initiative, launched four years ago with the aim of opening up the world of classical music to a new generation of children.
Councillor Lynne Moran, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "I'd like to say a big thank you to all the schools who supported this event and who gave their pupils the chance to take part, and to Wolverhampton Music Service and the BBC Concert Orchestra for providing this incredible opportunity for our city’s young people.
"We are all acutely aware of how important creativity is in the school curriculum. Research has shown the benefits of weekly instrumental tuition across all subjects, raising exam results and improving comprehension and language skills at the same time, and our pupils certainly showed how practice and commitment can pay off in their performance last week."
Wolverhampton Music Service provides tuition and musical opportunities for youngsters from schools across the City including the chance to perform with its flagship groups, Wolverhampton Youth Orchestra and Wolverhampton Youth Wind Orchestra. To find out more, please visit www.wolverhamptonmusichub.org.uk, email email@example.com or call 01902 558105.
Ten Pieces aims to inspire children to develop their own creative responses to 10 different pieces of music using a variety of art forms, including composition, digital art, animation, performance poetry, dance and movement.