BBC Ten Pieces

Posted on 13/07/2018 BBC Ten Pieces

A Worcestershire Arts Partnership project between Severn Arts and Voices & Visions featuring schools and colleges from across the county, this was based on the BBC TEN PIECES project, which aims to introduce a brand new set of classical pieces to engage children aged 7-14, and inspire them to make their own creative responses to the music. For each group taking part, a visiting artist worked with the students for two days to produce their own response to their chosen piece.

The Chase was delighted to be asked to take two groups to this event, one Drama and one Music. The Music group comprised 14 Year 8 students, most of whom had never previously performed in public, so this was a real achievement for many of them. They worked hard with professional DJ/drummer Ed Steelefox to produce a composition based on Mason Bates’ “A Bao Qu” from An Anthology of Fantastic Zoology. Picking up on the palindromic structure of the original, they created a performance with junk drumming, singing, keyboard and guitar playing and dramatic presentation entitled “O Stone, Be Not So.”

The Drama group comprised 23 students from Years 7-10. They had been working with professional theatre practitioner Lee Farley from The Perfect Circle Theatre Company to produce a devised piece of theatre based on Elgar’s Enigma Variations. The nuances of the piece were used to inspire and create visual pictures of a society that was melancholy and anxious at first and this evolved into a powerful depiction of life; leading to a dramatic ending. The group were fantastic and performed with real focus and flair. All students were a credit to The Chase.

The students performed their pieces at Kidderminster Town Hall on Tuesday 3rd July, despite the heat, and were the only large secondary school represented at the festival, and the only school from this part of Worcestershire. Well done to all involved.

Mrs Livingstone & Mrs Greaves