Katy B and Laura Mvula to bring classical music to younger audience

Katy B TramlinesKaty B and Laura Mvula will help launch, Ten Pieces, a new BBC initiative aiming to bring classical music to younger audiences.

Compositions by Beethoven and Stravinsky will feature in the project, led by BBC Learning and the BBC Performing Groups. The aim of the programme is to open up the classical world via ten carefully chosen pieces of music.

During the launch week of 6 October, there will be nation-wide screenings of the Ten Pieces film introducing the ten works, played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Blue Peter’s Barney Harwood will feature on the film alongside the like of Katy B and Laura Mvula discussing the repertoire.

Barney said: ‘Ten Pieces is an exhilarating journey into the world of classical music. I hope that children really enjoy learning about the different pieces of music and it inspires them to be creative and come up with their own imaginative interpretations. I can’t wait to hear some of them.’

More than 300 BBC-funded screenings will be held, bringing the film to an estimated 100,000 children during the launch week.

Between October and March 2015, children will be encouraged to use the Ten Pieces online resources to learn more about the repertoire and composers. The initiative will culminate with a series of concerts across the country.

Ten Pieces is aimed at primary school pupils and is supported by a collective of ambassadors including Nicola Benedetti, Cerys Matthews, Julian Joseph, Alison Balsom, Laura Mvula, Catrin Finch and Suzy Klein.

The project is part of a wider new music programme for the BBC. Click here to read the full story.


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