BBC Maestro

Songwriting with Gary Barlow, acting with Helena Bonham Carter, cooking with Marco Pierre White. These are just some of the courses available through BBC Maestro, an exciting new series of online classes to take at home. Rather like MasterClass, the courses are taught by top creatives via short, digestible video lessons with course notes to go with them. The first four ‘Maestri’ include Jed Mercurio, acclaimed screenwriter of Line of Duty and Bodyguard who will teach writing drama for television, David Walliams on writing books for children, as well as Gary Barlow on songwriting and Marco Pierre White on cooking. There are lots more courses coming soon: author Malorie Blackman on writing for young adults, Peter Jones on entrepreneurship, Sir Tim Rice on performing and writing musical theatre and more. These would make a great challenge for lockdown or a Christmas present for a budding creative.

— Daisy Allsup
11th November 2020