You’ve probably seen in the media that the BBC have launched a new initiative to get primary school children listening to classical music. With ambassadors for the project including violinist Nicola Benedetti, trumpeter Alison Balsom, and singer/songwriter Cerys Matthews, it is a massive undertaking involving music organisations across the UK.

Each of the Ten Pieces, which you can find listed on the project’s homepage, has been recorded by a BBC orchestra, and a special film has been created which will be shown in cinemas and schools during the year.

There is a fantastic mix of music including Stravinsky, Mozart and even a specially commissioned piece by young composer Anna Meredith.

TAMT are pleased to announce that we are fully sign-up ‘champions’ of the project. This means we’ll be kept up to date with national events, and our young players will be taking part in a national music initiative!

In November, SCYO will be performing a special concert aimed at young children of ‘Peter and the Wolf’, and it seemed a perfect opportunity to perform one of the ‘Ten Pieces’. There is currently an online vote for players and supporters to choose between Mussorgsky’s ‘A night on a bare mountain’ and Grieg’s ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’.

It’s an exciting project, and during the year we hope that every young musician within TAMT will have come into contact with the whole initiative in some way – watch this space!