BBC Music launches ‘Ten Pieces’ film for schools

New film from BBC hopes to introduce children to classical music via free school screenings

BBC Music’s brand new Ten Pieces Secondary film will launch for schools in cinemas across the UK in October. Commissioned and produced by BBC Learning and delivered in conjunction with the BBC Performing Groups, the Ten Pieces project is designed to introduce a generation of children to classical music and has been extended to secondary schools with a new selection of music for students and teachers to explore.

The film stars the BBC Philharmonic, which is the BBC’s flagship orchestra for the North, and is based in Salford. It is conducted byAlpesh Chauhan, playing side-by-side with members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and soloists Nicola Benedetti, Alison Balsom, and DJ Mr Switch, alongside the Hallé Choir. It showcases the Ten Pieces of music that are the basis of the project – representing a wide range of styles and eras relevant to the secondary music curriculum. Each piece is introduced by celebrity presenters, using an engaging mix of live action and animation. The film is designed to act as an exciting gateway to orchestral music, stimulating students and teachers to respond creatively to the repertoire.

The hour-long cinematic film is made by BBC Music Television and independent production company Somethin’ Else and features specially shot performances of the ten pieces at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.  

The film trailer is now available to view here.  

The presenters of the film are:  

  • TV presenter and journalist James May
  • Singer Pixie Lott
  • Actor Bobby Lockwood and TV presenter and actor Naomi Wilkinson
  • Comedian and rapper Doc Brown
  • TV presenter and former footballer Dion Dublin
  • Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo and composer Gabriel Prokofiev
  • Poet and Broadcaster Lemn Sissay
  • TV presenter Molly Rainford
  • Comedian Vikki Stone 
  • Actor Christopher Eccleston 

The second year of the Ten Pieces project builds on the success of Ten Pieces Primary – which has already engaged more than half of UK Primary Schools (over 11,000 primary schools). Commissioned and produced by BBC Learning and delivered in conjunction with the BBC Performing Groups, the initiative aims to inspire a generation of children to get creative with classical music by using a selection of ten pieces of music as a spring-board for creativity, as well as a range of free online key stage three/third-level music resources, UK-wide events and close collaboration with music and arts organisations.

Once students have seen the film, schools can access online resources to enable students to develop creative responses inspired by the music – either through dance, animation, performance poetry, composition or digital art. Schools will be able to attend live performances of the Ten Pieces across the country throughout the year.

Tony Hall, Director-General at the BBC, said: “I’m so proud of this campaign, the biggest commitment the BBC has ever made to music education in our country.”  

Schools can book FREE cinema tickets now for the nationwide screenings via    

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