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Outwood Academy Portland musicians were invited to take part in a BBC Ten Pieces project, working with members of the Halle Orchestra and students from Fountaindale School.After listening to the 10 pieces, it was the rhythmic and melodic elements of the Mambo from Bernstein's West Side story, and Habanera by Bizet that captivated the students’ imagination most of all.

The students began to improvise with these ideas and developed them into motifs which were recorded and then formed the basis of a score individual to the orchestral instrumentalists from Outwood Academy Portland, and the electronic music performed by Fountaindale students using iPads. This led to a performance at the Palace Theatre in Mansfield on 9th May. A representative from the BBC invited us to perform at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms Series, having watched a video of this concert.

An interview with one of the teachers from Outwood Academy Portland:

What was your reaction to being told that your pupils would be performing their creative response at the Ten Pieces Proms?

Amazed! Just could not believe it! What an opportunity? Being a part of the project had already made a huge impact on our students. Playing alongside members of the Halle orchestra was so inspirational setting the standards that they now want to reach, understanding that music is a universal language that everyone can access.

What does it mean to you and your pupils?

We are so excited, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Students have been involved in the whole process of composing, realisation and now get to perform their response with a world class orchestra in the famous Royal Albert Hall.

The performance will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 23rd July, 11:00am – 1:00pm, and is being televised on the BBC Red Button on Sunday 24th July, 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

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