Watch the BBC Ten Pieces film on Boxing Day!

The first public screening of BBC Ten Pieces Secondary film will be shown on Boxing Day. We go behind the scenes with Jennifer Redmond.

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Watch the BBC Ten Pieces film on Boxing Day!
Alison Balsom is a Ten Pieces Ambassador
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On Boxing Day a second BBC Ten Pieces film will be broadcast on BBC 2.

First shown in cinemas to schoolchildren across the country earlier this year, the film focuses on the 10 works chosen to 'open up the world of classical music to a generation of children.'

Jennifer Redmond, from the BBC Ten Pieces team, updates us on the project so far...

We’re so excited that Ten Pieces II is being shown on BBC Two and CBBC on Boxing Day. So far the film has been seen by thousands of children in cinemas, in their school halls and classrooms and to know that it will reach an audience outside of schools is absolutely thrilling!

The film is a spectacular mix of magical animation, live action and orchestral performances and is designed to act as a gateway for young viewers to explore orchestral music and to develop their own creative responses to the repertoire.


Nicola Benedetti is a BBC Ten Pieces Ambassador, and features in the film.

The nationwide cinema screenings back in October created a national moment, and gave as many children as possible a starting point to kick off a year of creative activities inspired by music.

The screenings work as a great alternative to a concert - the cameras allow our younger audience to get completely immersed in the performance, so that they can see exactly how classical music is made.

The closeness to the action has meant that the players of the BBC Philharmonic and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (who play alongside the Phlharmonic) have taken on celebrity status in the minds of the young viewers!


Members of the BBC Philharmonic brass section.

Just like the first film for primary-aged children, the secondary film has been incredibly well received by teachers and pupils alike. Many children’s preconceptions of classical music as 'boring' have been totally reversed, and even some die-hard teenage cynics were convinced that classical music is worthy of their attention.

The film is the starting point for a creative journey in which children engage with the music on a completely different level and feel inspired to get creative themselves.


Ten Pieces Live Lesson, featuring Alex James and Naomi Wilkinson (pictured).

Part of the journey that we’ve been able to take children on this year included an incredibly creative Live Lesson that was streamed into classrooms around the country at the end of November (above).

The BBC Philharmonic was joined in their MediaCityUK studio by presenters Naomi Wilkinson (who introduces Bizet’s Carmen in Ten Pieces II and is well-known on CBBC), Alex James (the Blur bassist) and special guests composer Gabriel Prokofiev, poet Lemn Sissay, DJ Mr Switch and street artist Stik.

The all-star team delivered an exciting and highly interactive lesson to the 180 school children in the live studio audience and to hundreds more in their classrooms.

Lemn shared tips on creating poetry in response to Bizet’s 'Toreador Song', Gabriel Prokofiev and Mr Switch showed it was possible to make music from sampled sounds and Stik responded to the second movement of Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony with spray paint on a 10m² canvas.


DJ Mr Switch

During the next few months our fabulous Ambassadors (including electro-pop group Clean Bandit and jazz pianist Julian Joseph) will be delivering workshops in schools around the country, sharing their knowledge and expertise to help children understand the music and come up with their own compositions.

We’re also working with more than 260 music, dance and arts organisations that have signed up as local champions of the project. They will work with schools to develop children’s creative responses through dance, composition, digital art and performance poetry.