Everyday Rather Live in Classic Eras

Violinist Nicola Benedetti’s 10 essential pieces of classical music for children

Nicola Benedetti’s 10 pieces of classical music that every child should hear:

Beethoven – Symphony No 4, last movement

Ravel – Boléro

Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf

Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring: The Augurs of Spring (Dances of the Young Girls)

Dvorák – Symphony No 9, second movement, Largo

Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition

Shostakovich – String Quartet No 8 in C minor, second movement

Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Summer

Britten – A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro

But the list of 10 pieces has caused a backlash, with letter-writers to The Times complaining that the selections were “disliked” by schoolchildren.