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A scene from the Royal Opera House’s production of The Nutcracker

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Ten Pieces III activities announced

8:30, 18th October 2017

BBC Music and BBC Learning have announced a programme of activity for Ten Pieces III for the 2017/18 academic year, including a Live Lesson inspired by the Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.

Presented in partnership with the Royal Opera House and the Royal Ballet School, the Ten Pieces and The Nutcracker Live Lesson will encourage children aged between seven and 11 to create original dances to Tchaikovsky’s ‘Russian Dance’ from The Nutcracker.

The lesson, which will be live-streamed via webcast at bbc.co.uk/live lessons at 2pm on 13 November, will be presented by CBBC personalities Naomi Wilkinson and Karim Zeroual, and led by Royal Opera House dance practitioner Elizabeth Foster and former Royal Ballet soloist and Royal Opera House education administrator David Pickering, with students from the Royal Ballet School.

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 Ten Pieces Creative Responses Uploader will open on 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.

BBC Music has also announced a series of Ten Pieces Schools Concerts for 2018, giving young people across the UK the opportunity to see the ten pieces of music performed live, as well as a series of Ten Pieces Family Concerts, which will offer families a chance to enjoy music from all three sets of ten pieces. These events will take place between 7 February and 22 June; booking details will be available via the Ten Pieces website shortly.

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 between ten and 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 Kerry Andrew’s No Place Like from Ten Pieces III.

The 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.

CBBC presenter Naomi Wilkinson, who is presenting the Live Lesson, said: ‘I’m delighted to be supporting BBC Ten Pieces, which brings classical music to young people all over UK. It’s been a pleasure to watch the initiative evolve over the past few years and I hope that these new resources, including the Live Lesson which I’m very excited to be presenting, will engage and inspire teachers and pupils alike. And I can’t wait to see the creative responses to this new set of pieces!’


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