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Classical 100 visit to schools in Birmingham

2 years ago


On 12 January 2017 the Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb, visited two schools in Birmingham to see them using Classical 100 in their lessons.

Lincoln Abbotts greeting the Minister at Bournville Junior School

ABRSM's Chief Executive, Michael Elliott, and Executive Director: Strategic Development, Lincoln Abbotts, attended alongside Paul Moseley from Decca/Universal.

What is Classical 100?

Classical 100 is a free online resource for primary schools in the UK that has been developed by ABRSM in partnership with Classic FM and Decca Classics. It is built around 100 recordings of classical music pieces which teachers can draw upon in lessons, school assemblies and other school activities. Alongside a recording of each of the works taken from Decca’s world-renowned catalogue, there is information about the composer and the story behind the music.

Teachers can use the site to find just the right music for all kinds of lessons and activities. There are pieces for listening to and learning about music, for storytelling, for dancing, for exploring sounds and much more.

Handbells and ukuleles

These photos were taken in Bournville Junior School, who were the 2,000th school to sign up to the resource! At Bournville, the Minister participated in a handbell lesson based on Ode to Joy and a guitar-based session.

Handbell lesson

The other school visited was Clifton Primary School, where the Minister saw a ukulele lesson based on a Grieg piece from Classical 100.

The lessons were delivered by peripatetic teachers from the Birmingham Music Service – Services for Education.

Listening to a guitar lesson with a peripatetic teacher from Services for Education

Find out more

3,400 schools and 5,000 teachers have now signed up for Classical 100, with over 40,000 user sessions having now taken place since launch!

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