BBC Ten Pieces

BBC Ten Pieces Champions: Oxford Choir JUBILATE!

works with Oxfordshire Primary Schools in Autumn 2015

with follow-on support from the Exuberant Trust

BBC Ten Pieces


BBC Ten Pieces

The BBC Ten Pieces initiative is designed to inspire creativity and a love of music in school children. The BBC provides a recording (visual and audio) of ten wonderful pieces of music to be screened free of charge for school children. BBC Ten Pieces Champions then build on this experience with local events.


Oxford chamber choir JUBILATE! is a Ten Pieces Champion, and in October 2015 the choir gave two short concerts of choral music in St. Nicholas Church Islip and Pegasus School in Blackbird Leys. The music was wide ranging and accessible, including Handel's thrilling Coronation Anthem Zadok the Priest and Fauré's soaring In Paradisum.

Primary School Children Sing

Children from Beckley Church of England Primary School and the three Blackbird Academy Trust schools including Pegasus participated in two of the pieces, including My Guardian Angel by Master of the Queen's Music Judith Weir and Howard Goodall's ever popular theme tune from The Vicar of Dibley.

Support from the Exuberant Trust

Following on from the enthusiasm generated by these events The Exuberant Trust was delighted to support the attendance of some of the children and their teachers involved at the choir's immensely popular annual Christmas Concert held in the richly atmospheric surroundings of Keble College Chapel.

Christmas Concert

This year's sold-out edition entitled Hodie Christus Natus Est took place on Thursday 17th December 2015. 17 children from local primary schools attended the concert and the children sat in the choir stalls immersed in the music right next to the singers, close to the solo cellist for Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols, and right underneath the chapel's magnificent new organ. At the end they joined the choir in singing My Guardian Angel, and had the opportunity to meet Judith Weir.

Judith Weir

Judith Weir with two children from Beckley Church of England Primary School signing their programme, at the Jubilate! Christmas Carol Concert,

17 December 2015 at Keble College Chapel, Oxford.


Both the children and their teachers were very enthusiastic about this inspiring experience. The Exuberant Trust hopes that by providing the means for children to attend such events it may encourage and support them in their further personal engagement with music making and the arts.


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