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BBC Music’s Ten Pieces ‘Live Lesson’ Inspired by The Nutcracker

  • 13th November 2017
  • Live stream at 2pm

10 Pieces rehearsals and filming in Maida Vale studios on 16 May 2017.
Photo by Mark Allan/BBC


A special Ten Pieces and The Nutcracker Live Lesson inspired by The Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is set to bring music and dance to primary schools on Monday 13 November. In partnership with the Royal Opera House and The Royal Ballet School, the 30-minute Live Lesson from BBC Learning will be presented by CBBC’s Naomi Wilkinson and Karim Zeroual and live-streamed to schools nationwide. A second 30-minute Ten Pieces ‘Live Lesson Extra’ will also be exclusively available online and will develop the themes covered in the first Live Lesson.

The Ten Pieces and The Nutcracker Live Lesson will encourage children aged 7-11 to create their own original dances to Tchaikovsky’s famous ‘Russian Dance’ from The Nutcracker. It will be presented by CBBC personalities Naomi Wilkinson and Karim Zeroual, and led by Royal Opera House Dance Practitioner Elizabeth Foster and former Royal Ballet Soloist and Royal Opera House Education Administrator David Pickering, with students from The Royal Ballet School. The interactive Live Lesson will support UK school teachers in bringing the curriculum to life in a shared learning experience for their pupils. By the end of the project, students and teachers will have the basic tools to choreograph their own original dances to any piece of music. The Ten Pieces Live Lesson will be live-streamed via webcast at lessons on Monday 13 November at 2pm.

Find out more

Ten Pieces is a project delivered by BBC Music and BBC Learning in conjunction with the BBC Orchestras and Choirs. Schools can find out more information on the Ten Pieces website:

To receive emails and further information about the programme, teachers are advised to email Should they be participating, they are also advised to send in the name of the school via email; the school’s involvement could be highlighted at the beginning of the Live Lesson.

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