BBC Ten Pieces announce widening scheme of activities

Posted by Suffolk Music Education Hub on 20 October 2017 | Comments

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On Wednesday 18 October, BBC Music and BBC Learning unveiled a continuing programme of activity for Ten Pieces III for the 2017-18 academic year, following the success of Ten Pieces I for primary and II for secondary-school children.

BBC Ten PiecesTen Pieces aims to open up the world of classical music to 7-14 year-olds across the UK and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to music. The initiative launched in 2014 and has so far reached over four million people across the UK, inspired three hugely successful BBC Proms concerts, and won a BAFTA for the Ten Pieces II film.


Live Lesson

A special Ten Pieces and The Nutcracker Live Lesson inspired by The Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is set to bring music and dance to primary schools on Monday 13 November at 2pm. In partnership with the Royal Opera House and The Royal Ballet School, the 30-minute Live Lesson from BBC Learning will be presented by CBBC’s Naomi Wilkinson and Karim Zeroual and live-streamed to schools nationwide. A second 30-minute Ten Pieces ‘Live Lesson Extra’ will also be exclusively available online and will develop the themes covered in the first Live Lesson.

The vast range of free Ten Pieces resources available includes a set of short films narrated by Lemn Sissay and Naomi Wilkinson which accompany the new repertoire and support students in their explorations of the pieces and six-weeks’ worth of lesson plans devised for each piece.

Creative Responses Uploader

The Ten Pieces Creative Responses Uploader will open on Monday 13 November, immediately following the Live Lesson. Schoolchildren are invited to submit their creative responses to the Ten Pieces III pieces – in any art form, from poetry to dance – to be showcased on the Ten Pieces website. 

Coaching Scheme

The popular Ten Pieces Coaching Scheme will return, led by musicians from the BBC Orchestras and Choirs and Ulster Orchestra in Northern Ireland. Aimed at young musicians aged 10-18, the scheme offers aspiring instrumentalists and vocalists the chance to improve their performance skills and musicianship through a selection of bespoke workshops and coaching programmes. The BBC Singers will deliver special workshops, working with existing choirs or school groups to learn and perform No Place Like, a new vocal piece written by Kerry Andrew for Ten Pieces III.

James Purnell, Director, BBC Radio and Education, says:

“I’m proud that Ten Pieces continues to go from strength to strength and it’s a fantastic example of our Education and Music teams coming together to create something truly special. As the biggest commitment the BBC has ever made to music education in the UK, I hope that the wonderful new resources, as well as the live concerts across the UK, will continue to inspire teachers and young people alike to find out more about classical music.”   

Ten Pieces is a project delivered by BBC Music and BBC Learning in conjunction with the BBC Orchestras and Choirs. Schools can find out more information on the Ten Pieces website.

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