Full Orchestra Pieces
No more endless searching through massive websites! 15 perfect pieces for full beginner groups. Tried and tested by international school students all over the world.
Our Full Orchestra pieces have been carefully written for schools that have a full orchestra program running for beginners (strings, brass, woodwind & percussion, plus we now include ukulele, guitar and bass in all scores!).
If you are looking for our strings only versions, click here.
If you need extra parts for any of our pieces to suit your specific ensemble, get in touch with us here for a chat!
A DAY AT THE CARNIVAL
A Day At The Carnival takes beginner musicians on a journey through rondo form (ABACA) centred around a beautiful melody played by the advanced violins. There is a chance for all musicians to take some melodic passages too. In the key of G major, mainly using quarter notes and eighth notes. This piece is light and fresh and will ‘wow’ audiences if played with sensitivity.
BUBBLE WALTZ (NEW!)
Bubble Waltz is our first level 1 piece in 3/4 time. This piece will suit all players, with an expansive melody that appears across all instrument groups. Ukulele, guitar and a bunch of other instruments are included, with a wide range of fun percussion parts too! Get your beginners locked into their 3/4 feel with this perfect piece.
A WALK IN THE PARK (NEW!)
A Walk In The Park features a lively and captivating tune in G major. The main melody is duplicated across various instrument groups and the supportive parts provide a bouncy foundation to the piece. Featuring 33 parts, including the new additions of ukulele, guitar and French horn, with multiple differentiated string, percussion and woodwind parts, this piece is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
PROCESSION OF THE KING
This is a simple and upbeat number that portrays the entrance of a regal King. The piece uses mainly quarter notes and eighth notes and provides beginner musicians with a chance to play expressively and with a sense of command. A wonderful arrangement with parts for varying levels. Excellent for general concert performances to showcase developing musicians.
PIRATES VOYAGE (NEW!)
Pirates Voyage is a sinister sounding piece in E minor. It features the low end of the orchestra and has some serious dynamic contrast throughout! This is a fun one for your percussionists too. One of our most popular pieces with our orchestras during 2022! Give it a crack.
A winter classic arranged with wonderful tempo changes and dynamic shifts to excite your beginner orchestra. With a four bar solo to showcase the percussion section and some lovely scalic melodic passages in the chorus, this is the ideal addition to your festive season concert.
CHRISTMAS BELL RONDO (NEW!)
Bring on some festive cheer with Christmas Bell Rondo! An original score in C major, this seven-part rondo is for full orchestra with a variety of percussion instruments. Depending on levels, this adaptable piece can be played in binary AB, ternary ABA, or rondo ABACA / ABACADA forms, along with a catchy introduction and codetta to add some seasonal sparkle! The refrain comprises a melody with a bell peal descant on glockenspiels, piano and advanced violins. Three contrasting episodes showcase different sections of your orchestra, highlighting a forte / piano dynamic colouring and an expressive A minor melody played by flute and clarinet. Bring out the famous bell chimes in the final section and enjoy the punchy finish!
ROCK YOUR SOCKS OFF (NEW!)
Get your orchestra rocking with this BIG piece! A straight ahead I-V-vi-IV with all the bells and whistles. A driving rhythm, soaring melody and some nice break-down sections. Includes electric guitar, bass guitar, drums and ukulele parts so that you can link up with your young rock players. Get in touch if you're look for more parts to add to this one.
This wonderful piece uses a modern structure as it builds through various musical phrases. What was once the name of an old ‘railcar’ (similar to a train), the Galloping Goose now refers to a beautiful hiking trail network in Victoria, Canada. With a steady and accessible tune, this piece engages audiences with its reflective and expansive feel.
EXERCISE/WARM-UP 4 PACK (NEW!)
This pack is perfect for getting your orchestra warmed up and ready to go at the start of each rehearsal. The pack contains four simple pieces:
- Up & Down - a simple scalic exercise in the key of concert G.
- Short & Sweet - a boppy piece that focuses on developing rhythmic cohesion and sensitivity.
- Dramatic Dynamics - get your orchestra playing with accurate dynamic contrast.
- Rock Cross Buns - a familiar tune in a rock arrangement to get everyone switched on and focused.
Access the YouTube play-along tracks for these warm-ups/exercises here.
GHOST OF TOM
A schoolyard favourite, Ghost Of Tom, is a spooky melody in E minor that has been arranged in a round-like structure. Most instruments will get a chance to play the melody and will need to maintain concentration as they play their part in time. The piece has some brilliant dynamic contrast and requires string players to play both pizzicato and arco. This is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
A simple and dramatic piece in the Key of E minor that provides a nice way to test students' understanding of relative minor keys. The piece uses mainly quarter note and eighth note rhythms, with a hint of syncopation. There is also some nice dynamic contrast within the piece, helping younger players to understand the sensitivity needed in their playing as they develop their instrumental skills.
BIG TIME BLUES
Centred around a standard 12 bar blues chord progression, Big Time Blues is a rousing piece that shows off every section of the orchestra. A punchy opening melody played by the brass is then joined by the strings and woodwinds as the piece develops. A fun call-and-response middle section gives the percussionists their time in the spotlight, before the full ensemble joins in for a big finish!
Trampolina is written in the style and structure of a sonata form, like a 1st movement of a Classical era sonatina. It is in C major, modulating to the dominant for the 2nd subject. Although this could be considered as absolute music, the themes are inspired by a trampoline. Elements such as the rising fifth interval evoke the feeling of soaring jumps and the sequenced motif in the bridge section bounds up and down through the air. The staccato quaver motif ending most phrases are like little hops or bounces, controlling motion after the high jumps. This thematic piece will take your orchestra and audience on a playful childhood adventure, full of energy and emotion.
ANTHEM FOR A NEW WORLD
This is a thematic and uplifting score that has some broad melodic phrases and opportunities for multiple instruments to shine. With a contemporary feel that is based on a rock beat on the drums and a popular chord progression that will engage beginner musicians, this is sure to become a favourite. This piece also delves into some dotted rhythms and explores a range of dynamics. Perfect for an end of year concert to show-off the progress of your orchestra to the community.
Are you ready for this one! Beach Air pays homage to the ‘air’ composition style and is a beautiful piece to expose young players to this classical style made famous by J. S. Bach (Add one letter to Bach and you get Beach, right!?). There is an ‘Easter Egg’ on bar 7 where the high part (Violin 1 and Flute 1) spell the word Beach in German musical lettering (B-flat is called B, B-natural is H). Bach could spell his name in music notes, so we did it with Beach too! A more challenging piece that also works nicely for a string ensemble.