‘Classical 100’ music collection - for families in lockdown

Posted on: 23 April 2020

Classical music boost for families in lockdown

Our fantastic partner ABRSM, the UK’s largest music education organisation, alongside Classic FM and Decca Classics have made available the ‘Classical 100’ music collection. A unique collection of classical music spanning 1,000 years, which will be available for free to the entire UK population.

What is Classical 100?

Classical 100 is a collection of 100 recordings – all from the Decca Classics’ outstanding catalogue. It was originally devised as a free primary school resource with learning activities and information relating to each piece. It was developed by ABRSM, in partnership with Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, and Decca Classics but, until now, has only been available to schools.

How do I access Classical 100?

The Classical 100 music collection will be available for free online for families. All you need to do is head to www.abrsm.org/classical100 and sign up. 

What's included?

The Classical 100 collection includes everything from Hildegard of Bingen to Graham Fitkin via J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Elena Kats-Chernin and Tchaikovsky. The Classical 100 pieces can be sorted according to mood, instrument, tempo and historical period and are designed to support learning at Key Stages 1 and 2 of the National Curriculum

When is it available?

It is available online from Wednesday 22nd April until September, to encourage whole families to listen, learn and perform music together during the current crisis.


ABRSM’s Chief Executive, Michael Elliott, said: “We’re incredibly proud of what Classical 100 continues to achieve in 6,000 schools around the country but have always believed that parents have a fundamental role to play in supporting their child’s music. Many families are currently spending a lot more time together so this is a great opportunity for them to enjoy music with each other and support the progression of those at home who are learning to sing or play an instrument. Our new online platform, Play On, is one way in which we’re helping but we know that making Classical 100 freely available can make a great difference to families at this time too.”

Classic FM’s Managing Editor Phil Noyce said: “Ever since Classic FM first launched on air, our belief has been that classical music should be accessible and relevant to everyone, whatever their age, gender or background. Making Classical 100 more widely available during these unprecedented times is a really positive way of doing that, while also encouraging a new generation of music makers and listeners at the same time.”

Label Director of Decca Classics, Dominic Fyfe, said: “At Decca Classics we are incredibly proud to work with young stars such as Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Jess Gillam and Nicola Benedetti, to name just a few who are passionate about the positive effects of music in education. We hope that this resource can help inspire, support and perhaps even ignite a passion for classical music by working with our partners to make the ‘Classical 100’ more widely available over the coming weeks.” 

Each of the 100 pieces features its own musical challenge.



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