At Drake we focus as a school on a piece of music each month through the BBC’s Ten Pieces.
We listen to it, watch musicians playing it, learn about the composer and the period of music it was written in, respond through art and writing and share together in enjoying the music.
As well as listening to our Ten pieces, we incorporate a listening opportunities across our curriculum that reflect the world: past, present and future, in all its diversity.
Our Ten Pieces for this year are:
September – A Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams
October – Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven
November – Storm Interlude by Britten
December – we are revisiting: Symphony by Ravi Shankar
January – we are revisiting: Symphony No. 1 in E minor by Florence Price
February - Mars by Holst
March – Connect It by Anna Meredith
April – Horn Concerto by Mozart
May – A Night on Bare Mountain by Mussorgsky
June – We are revisiting: Overture by Grażyna Bacewicz
Last year we used BBC's Ten pieces Trailblazers set.
Ten Pieces Trailblazers challenged students to rethink orchestral music - what it sounds like, who can make it, and how it's used - through ten trailblazing composers and their pieces of music.
The set of pieces showcased works that have helped expand our musical horizons, pieces that have introduced new cultures and sound worlds into the orchestra, and composers whose lives and works have made them pioneers.