Ten Pieces has launched two new initiatives to introduce children between the ages of 7 and 14 to classical music during the ongoing period of self-isolation.
Ten Pieces at Home will provide weekly films and activities inspired by works in the Ten Pieces collection. In Elgar’s Enigma Variations, for example, each variation depicts a different friend of Elgar. In the accompanying activity, presented by CBBC’s Naomi Wilkinson, children will be asked to draw a person they love but aren’t able to see at the moment because of the lockdown. They are then asked to come up with a piece of music that reminds them of this person, and upload their picture and music selection to the Ten Pieces website.
Other activities include writing a poem inspired by a journey with poet Simon Mole and learning to sing a section of Sibelius’s Finlandia and perform it in a virtual choir with the BBC Singers.
Connecting the Dots will bring children together with BBC musicians for online classical music workshops involving performances, musical activities and Q&As. This project will be organised by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s newly appointed associate artist Lucy Drever.