BBC Philharmonic and Alex James launch ‘Live Lessons’

Blur bassist goes back to school for music lessons with the BBC.

BBC Learning’s Live Lesson was broadcast to school students all over the UK from

A host of stars from TV and the music industry joined the BBC Philharmonic on 26 November for a BBC Live Music Lesson in Salford. One hundred-and-eighty schoolchildren from Greater Manchester attended the concert, which was hosted by former Blur bassist Alex James and CBBC’s Naomi Wilkinson, and hundreds more children from around the UK watched online. Celebrated poet Lemn Sissay MBE, street artist Stik, and DJ Mr Switch took part in the live lesson, along with composer Gabriel Prokofiev, grandson of Sergei Prokofiev.

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The BBC Live Lesson is part of BBC Learning’s Ten Pieces project which is introducing school students all over the country to ten favourite pieces of music.

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The Live Lesson with Alex James and the BBC Philharmonic is available to view online. BBC Learning will launch a full programme of Live Lessons in the new year.