Update: 22 February 2016
Those of you that teach in primary schools in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may be interested to know that we have launched a free online resource designed to ignite pupils' enthusiasm for classical music.
Complementing existing teaching resources, Classical 100 has been developed by ABRSM in partnership with Classic FM and Decca Classics (and with the support of the Department for Education).
Classical 100 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. We will draw on our network of primary school experts to create and publish a range of downloadable materials on the resource throughout the academic year, thereby helping teachers to bring music to life in the classroom.
To encourage pupils to explore, discover and listen – and ultimately to develop their own personal interests, tastes and talents – the 100 pieces embrace a rich diversity of styles ranging over ten centuries, (from Hildgarde of Bingen to Graham Fitkin via JS Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and more) and can be sorted according to a variety of criteria, such as mood, genre, country of origin or even when they were written.