BBC and Kerry Andrew launch nationwide music challenge

composer kerry andrew

BBC Ten Pieces and composer Kerry Andrew have teamed up on a new project to encourage school children around the UK to create their own version of her work, No Place Like.

The No Place Like Challenge, which forms part of the BBC’s Biggest Festival celebrations, is inviting schools to hold Ten Pieces assemblies based on their pupils’ interpretations of the piece.

Participants are invited to reflect their local environment in their projects, in keeping with the regionalised activity planned for the Biggest Weekend. To date, more than 28,000 children are registered to participate in the challenge.

Andrew said: ‘I am honoured to have been asked to create a piece for the BBC Ten Pieces and am delighted that No Place Like continues to inspire children across the UK to get creative with classical music. I can’t wait to hear the unique interpretations of my piece that come out of the challenge!’

The BBC’s Ten Pieces initiative provides a gateway to classical music for children aged seven to 14, and has so far reached over four million people across the UK.

To coincide with the launch of the No Place Like Challenge, Ten Pieces has devised online assets to support in-school workshops based on the piece. For more info, please see

The Biggest Weekend takes place across four cities in four days, with Belfast, Coventry, Perth and Swansea all hosting live music from 25 to 28 May.

For more info on the line-up, see