James May, Pixie Lott and Lemn Sissay sign up for Ten Pieces

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by Stephen Chapman

BBC Music has announced the presenters for this year’s Ten Pieces Secondary film, which will air in October.

Commissioned and produced by BBC Learning at MediaCityUK, it will feature the Salford-based BBC Philharmonic alongside members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the Halle Choir.

It showcases ten pieces of music, each introduced by a celebrity presenter and uses a mixture of live action and animation to encourage young people to enjoy classical music.

The hour-long film will be made by Somethin’ Else and is being shot at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.

"I’m so proud of this campaign, the biggest commitment the BBC has ever made to music education in our country,” said Tony Hall, director-general, BBC.

The music and presenters are:

James May: J. S. Bach, orch. Stokowski - Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 / Soloist: Wayne Marshall

Pixie Lott: Bernstein - 'Mambo' from Symphonic Dances from 'West Side Story’

Actor Bobby Lockwood and TV presenter and actor Naomi Wilkinson: Bizet - 'Habanera' and 'Toreador Song' from 'Carmen Suite’

Comedian and rapper Doc Brown: Anna Clyne - Night Ferry

TV presenter and former footballer Dion Dublin: Haydn - Trumpet Concerto (3rd movement) / Soloist: Alison Balsom

Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo and composer Gabriel Prokofiev: Gabriel Prokofiev -Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra (5th movement) Soloist: DJ Mr Switch

Poet and Broadcaster Lemn Sissay: Shostakovich - Symphony No. 10 (2nd movement)

TV presenter Molly Rainford: Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending / Soloist: Nicola Benedetti

Comedian Vikki Stone: Verdi - 'Dies Irae' from 'Requiem'

Actor Christopher Eccleston: Wagner - 'Ride of the Valkyries' from 'Die Walküre'

Once students have seen the film, they’ll be encouraged to go online and be inspired by the music.

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