GCSE music resources for teachers

Welcome to our new virtual education programme, Berkeley Ensemble Online. Designed to assist Key Stage 4 classroom music teachers, it combines a searchable video library with optional bespoke and interactive online live events.

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About the programme

Pre-recorded content is arranged in four strands, all with a unique chamber music focus.

  • Meet the Ensemble introduces the players and their instruments.
  • Elements of Music demonstrates and discusses key concepts via analyses of our diverse repertoire.
  • Through Time explores aspects of music in more detail, charting their evolution through history.
  • Top Tips distils the ensemble’s 12 years of work in schools into handy, practical advice on practice, performance and composition.

Engaging and eclectic

We have chosen the featured repertoire to be engaging, eclectic and diverse. Spanning ensembles from duo to octet, it will feature instruments of the wind, brass, strings and keyboard families. We are proud that at least half of the featured music in the full programme will be by women or BAME composers.

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Pilot phase

During autumn 2020 the programme will run in a pilot phase, ahead of full release in January 2021. During this time, a sample video from each of the four strands is available here to watch entirely free. Use these videos within your classrooms and let us know what you think; we would love to hear your feedback!

Pricing

Our full programme of 20 films will be released in stages from January 2021, via subscription costing just £50 for the spring and £70 for the summer term. Twenty free subscriptions for the entire remaining academic year will also be available to state schools with less than 10% of their Year 11 cohort studying GCSE music

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About the Berkeley Ensemble

Hailed as ‘an instinctive collective’ (The Strad) the Berkeley Ensemble was formed with the aim of exploring little-known twentieth- and twenty first-century British chamber music alongside more established repertoire. It now enjoys a busy concert schedule performing throughout the UK and abroad, and is also much in demand for its inspiring work in education.

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Credits

Musical extract from Michael Berkeley’s Clarinet Quintet, which appears on the Berkeley Ensemble album Winter Fragments, featured with permission from Oxford University Press and Resonus Classics. Listen to the full track on Spotify, or purchase the album here: https://www.resonusclassics.com/berkeley-ensemble.
Extracts from Schoenberg’s String Trio and Dohnyani’s ‘Serenade’ featured with kind permission of Schott Music Ltd and Josef Weinberger Ltd.
The Berkeley Ensemble is incredibly grateful to Ibstock Place School, where the group is Ensemble-in-Residence, for use of space for filming this series of pilot films.