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PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2019
If you’ve ever heard Gustav Holst’s famous orchestral suite, The Planets, you may have noticed the surprising omission of Earth from the list of planets that the composer reimagined in musical form!
Now, the BBC is asking schools to fill that gap as part of its ‘Ten Pieces’ programme – a nationwide project which introduces young people to classical music by focusing on a selection of famous works, supported by free teaching resources, short films, lesson plans and more.
The new ‘Earth Mission’ project invites pupils to create their own piece of music about the Earth as though they are looking down on it from space. As this is the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Holst’s famous suite, as well as the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, the timing couldn’t be better. In addition, classes who record and submit a video of their performance by 5 April will be in with a chance to hear it played on BBC Radio 3.
Details about the Earth Mission project, and more, can all be found on the BBC’s Ten Pieces website here