Ten Pieces: Classical hits brought to life for children

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Media captionThe BBC National Orchestra of Wales 'Ten Pieces' film is being shown to 100,000 school children

Mozart may not be every child's favourite pop star, but soon more children could be turning to classical tunes.

This week 100,000 school children will head to their local cinema to watch a special film made by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

"Ten Pieces" brings 10 classical songs to life and encourages young people to respond creatively to the music.

Harpist Catrin Finch is visiting a Newport school as part of the project.

The former official harpist to the Prince of Wales told BBC Radio Wales that she hopes to "instil a love of classical music which will hopefully stay with them for the rest of their lives".

"I would encourage parents, households, to occasionally put some classical music on in the background... to put a broad scope of ideas into people's heads," she added.


Image caption The 50-minute-film features witches, wizards and trolls
Image caption Harpist Catrin Finch is visiting Gaer School as part of the Ten Pieces Project

The 50-minute-film features trips to space, high speed cars and wizards as well as the friendly faces of Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood and Strictly Come Dancing's Claudia Winkleman, among other celebrity presenters.

It includes a variety of the most famous classical tunes, from traditional Beethoven to Anna Meredith's contemporary "body-percussion".

Children are being encouraged to respond to the pieces through music, art and dance.

'Breaking down barriers'

Image caption Claudia Winkleman and Barney Harwood are among the celebrities featured in the Ten Pieces film
Image caption The BBC National Orchestra of Wales say they want classical music to be accessible to everyone

Suzanne Hay, head of partnerships and learning at the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, says she wants to make classical music accessible to adults as well as young people.

"Historically there has been this whole issue around classical music being elite and our role is to break down that barrier," she said.

It is hoped the initiative will be accessible to all children, with online resources to help teachers bring music, dance, visual art and poetry into the classroom.

The Ten Pieces are:

  • John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (1st movement)
  • Britten: 'Storm' Interlude from 'Peter Grimes'
  • Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King from 'Peer Gynt'
  • Handel: Zadok the Priest
  • Holst: Mars from 'The Planets'
  • Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4 (3rd movement)
  • Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain
  • Stravinsky: The Firebird - suite (1911) (Finale)
  • Anna Meredith: Connect It

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