BSO Supports GCSE Music Studies

Published 14 April 2021


The BSO’s pop-up digital studio — which has enabled the Orchestra to livestream full symphonic concerts around the globe during lockdown — was used to bring performances by BSO musicians to 3,500 pupils in classrooms or at home in support of their GCSE Music studies this spring.

Supported by the Cornwall Music Education Hub, and presented by BSO Associate Musician Patrick Bailey, this project helps to unpick 5 GCSE ‘set works’ including: Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A (finale); Kodály’s Intermezzo from Hary Janos; music from The Chinese Room’s award-winning Little Orpheus video game; Schwartz’s Defying Gravity; and a choice of JS Bach’s Orchestral Suite No.2 (finale) or Brandenburg Concerto No.5 (finale) before concluding with a composition specially written by Patrick Bailey based on ideas submitted by schools as a further study of rhythm, harmony and melody.

Schools and colleges will be able to access this wonderful musical resource via their regional Music Education Hub, but for a sneak preview of what is in store for GCSE pupils, here is a short extract featuring BSO musicians playing the music from The Chinese Room’s video game Little Orpheus.
Photo: BSO musicians play the music from The Chinese Room’s video game, Little Orpheus ©BSO written by Jessica Curry and Jim Fowler
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